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Chattanooga State received a $15,000 NEA Big Read Grant in 2016 to support a citywide reading project, and the first chapter begins Thursday.

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Women from Chattanooga are buying bus tickets and lacing up their sneakers in preparation for a march on Washington, DC.  They are joining in a national grassroots effort to protest for equality the day after the Presidential inauguration. They hope to have a large enough presence to send their message to the government: that women’s rights are human rights.

The march will take place the day after the Presidential inauguration, January 21st, near the Capitol Building. Everyone is invited, regardless of gender or gender identity. 

Noted local drummer Josh Green has set himself a goal. Every day this year, the drummer, who has played with a number of local bands including Infradig, The Distribution and Summer Dregs, is going to upload a collection of drum and percussion tracks to his website. He records these original beats so other musicians can download them for use in other compositions. He began the project on his birthday last November.

Julie Babb

As part of progressive rock band Glass Hammer, Steve Babb and Fred Schendel are stars…in Japan and in Europe…and yet here in Chattanooga, their hometown, they are relative unknowns—and they like it that way. Richard Winham visited the two musicians in their recording studio recently to talk about their new album, their upcoming tour, and the work they do as producers for other musicians in Chattanooga.

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A federal class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the Woodmore bus crash victims alleges Hamilton County school officials could have prevented the deadly wreck.

Two law firms--Murphy, Falcon & Murphy and Berke, Berke & Berke--filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee on behalf of the six children killed and dozens more injured in the crash that occurred on November 21, 2016.

Prior to the wreck, 24-year-old bus driver Johnthony Walker had trouble enforcing discipline on the bus. The lawsuit alleges Walker threatened the children and drove recklessly, slamming on the brakes and swerving, in a sadistic attempt to restore discipline.

Days before the fatal crash, two students wrote complaints about Walker, saying he went too fast, and emails show officials were aware of those complaints and other concerns about Walker's driving.

The staff of WUTC wishes you and yours happy holiday cheer this season, and we’ll be spreading good tidings Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning. 

When Chattanooga's Judge Raulston Schoolfield died in 1982, the New York Times noted his passing:

Judge Raulston Schoolfield, removed from the criminal bench on charges of bribery and extorting campaign help from racketeers but later elected as a lesser jurist, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 76 years old. Mr. Schoolfield's impeachment and conviction by the state Senate in 1958 led to his disbarment and removal as a County Judge...

Comics Draw On Chattanooga Landmarks

Dec 19, 2016
Tara Hamilton

Chattanooga is the muse for the Chatt Comix Co-op’s first Anthology, which is Chattanooga themed. The anthology features local landmarks sketched by a wide array of local artists.    

Producer Jacqui Helbert speaks with Tara Hamilton and Meagan Frey, who started the Chatt Comix Co-Op, and drops in on one of their meetings. She discovers it isn’t just fanboys who nerd out over comic books.

More information about the Co-Op can be found on Facebook .  The Co-Op meets on the first and third Thursday every month. 

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Chattanooga Police Officer Joe Warren said school bus driver Johnthony Walker must have been going about 20 miles per hour over the speed limit before he swerved off narrow, winding Talley Road. The crash killed six Woodmore Elementary school children, and Walker faces criminal charges.

At a preliminary hearing, Warren testified that there was no indication Walker applied the brakes before the crash, and bus video showed Walker using his cell phone while children were on the bus, which is illegal.

Watch a video stream of the all-day concert by clicking here. Or listen on WUTC radio.

Saturday at 1 pm, tune in to WUTC 88.1 to hear a special hour of the concert. Also, the entire all-day concert will be broadcast on our second channel, WUTC HD-2.

The November fires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee took a steep toll in lives, homes and businesses, touching anyone who cherishes the culture of East Tennessee and its musical soul. 

Every year the Choo Choo Chorus—a choir of more than 100 men and women—get together to sing sacred and secular Christmas songs in a concert to benefit The Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Center. The members of the chorus also perform throughout the year mostly in quartets. The Rock City 4 is one. They stopped by to talk to Richard Winham about the upcoming concert and to sing some of the songs they’ll be singing with the chorus on Saturday night.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head football coach Russ Huesman has chosen to resign from his position with the Chattanooga Mocs to take the head coaching job at the University of Richmond, UTC Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn announced today.  Huesman recently finished his eighth year at Chattanooga with a 59-37 overall record and three consecutive trips to the FCS Playoffs. 

The Finish Line

Dec 13, 2016
Jobie Williams

Nathan Sexton had everything going for him: a wonderful wife, a newborn son, and a dream job at a successful startup. When his life changed in an instant, he had to learn how to just run with it. In this sound portrait, Nathan shares his powerful story in his own words.

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones are performing at Track 29 on Wednesday, December 14.

The Ensemble Theatre Company of Chattanooga is mounting a production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol  in Midtown Central in Brainerd. Richard Winham talks to the director, Garry Lee Posey, about their unusual approach to the story in a space that wasn’t designed to be a theatre.

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