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Chattanooga is in mourning after a bus crash claimed the lives of five elementary school children. A dozen remain hospitalized; six in critical condition. The accident happened on Talley Road, less than a mile from Woodmore Elementary, while children were traveling home. Thirty-seven children were on the bus at the time of the crash. The driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, is in custody and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment. Speeding is being...

Updated Tuesday morning at 7:20 a.m. ET At least five children died after a school bus carrying them home from elementary school crashed Monday afternoon in Chattanooga, Tenn. About two dozen other children were injured, several critically. Six children remain in intensive care, the school announced at a press conference Tuesday morning. The driver, identified by police as 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless...

Kahmesha Herring, a volunteer with the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee, joins us to talk about their fundraiser coming up Saturday, which includes a chance for kids of all ages to dress up in animal costumes and walk through Warner Park. More information is here: http://www.epilepsy-setn.org/events/fun-walk-to-fight-epilepsy/

You may have noticed that lately Chattanooga looks like a dystopian movie, with plumes of thick smoke looming over the city and people wearing face masks. But it isn’t the end of the world. Just fallout from local wildfires. We spoke Dr. Pamela Sud, a pulmonologist at CHI Memorial, about the nearly 100 patients the hospital has treated for smoke-related breathing problems. Another local hospital, Erlanger, has treated more than a hundred as well.

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick nerds out about the power music has to affect the quality of life. She is the Executive Director of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc . She joins us today to talk about how music is an ancient language that can help patients suffering from autism, PTSD, and Parkinson's disease. MTGIC has a free concert, Quartet for the End of Time , coming up November 18th, and Dr. Summa-Chadwick is also telling us composer Oliver Messiaen had a neurological disorder, synesthesia, and composed the quartet while being held captive as a POW during World War II.

Governor Bill Haslam created Insure Tennessee to help 280,000 low-income residents in the state get health insurance. But a small group of Republican lawmakers in the state Senate Health Committee killed the plan before it got off the ground, which inspired the creation of Women for Tennessee's Future, an organization opposing Republicans by grooming female Democratic candidates to run for office. The organization backed two locals: State Senate District 10 candidate Khristy Wilkinson and...

Wearing a "Make American Great Again" hat and dancing at the Hamilton County GOP election night party, local resident Matthew Huckabee described Donald Trump by using an odd but affectionate phrase: "He is what he is," Huckabee said, musing about Trump's sometimes-abrasive personality. "He's a monster of his own. But a monster for the American people." U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican incumbent from Tennessee who won re-election on the same night Donald Trump won the electoral...

WUTC has been interviewing Hamilton County major party candidates ahead of Tuesday's vote. On this episode of Around and About Chattanooga, we hear excerpts from our conversations with Melody Shekari, Chuck Fleischmann, Khristy Wilkinson, and Todd Gardenhire. Extended interviews, transcripts, and conversations with more candidates are here.

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The Library , a play by Scott Burns, now at the Chattanooga Theatre Center in the Circle Theater, looks at the aftermath of a school shooting, the shattered lives of the survivors, and the sometimes conflicting stories they tell. Richard Winham talked to the play’s director, Scott Dunlap.

The 2016 Head of the Hooch Regatta will bring thousands of competitors and spectators to the downtown Chattanooga riverfront, and is expected to have a 5 million dollar economic impact on the city. Organizer Paul Gaigelas joins us to preview the boat race. WUTC SPECIAL BROADCAST: Tune in on Saturday, November 5th at 1 to 2 pm for a live remote from the waterfront.

Ballot Vox: Todd Gardenhire

Oct 22, 2016

As part of WUTC's coverage of the November 8 elections, we are speaking to many of the major candidates on the Hamilton County ballot. This is our interview with Todd Gardenhire, running for re-election as the Republican candidate for Tennessee State Senate District 10. Jacqui Helbert: If you could tell me your name and what office you are running for? Todd Gardenhire: Thank you. My name is Todd Gardenhire, I am a State Senator in district 10 which covers part of Hamilton County and part of...

Ballot Vox: Chuck Fleishmann

Oct 21, 2016

As part of WUTC’s coverage of the November 8 elections, we are speaking to many major candidates on the Hamilton County ballot. This is our interview with Chuck Fleischmann, who is running for re-election as the Republican candidate for Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District. JACQUI HELBERT: Where are you from and what is your background? CHUCK FLEISCHMANN: Well my name is Chuck Fleischman. I'm the current United States Representative for the third district of Tennessee.I have proudly...

Ballot Vox: Khristy Wilkinson

Oct 21, 2016

As part of WUTC’s coverage of the November 8 elections, we are speaking to many of the major candidates on the Hamilton County ballot. This is our interview with Khristy Wilkinson, who is the Democratic candidate for Tennessee’s State Senate District 10. Jacqui Helbert: Go ahead and introduce yourself for me? Khristy Wilkinson: Sure, my name is Khristy Wilkinson, and I am a Democratic candidate for State Senate District 10. Helbert: Why are you running for this office? Wilkinson: Well, a few...

Ballot Vox: Patsy Hazelwood

Oct 20, 2016

As part of WUTC’s coverage of the November 8 elections, we’re speaking to many of the major candidates on the Hamilton County ballot. This is our interview with Patsy Hazelwood, a Republican who is running for re-election as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, District 27. Michael Edward Miller: Patsy Hazelwood, thank you for joining us today! Patsy Hazelwood: Thank you for having me. Miller: First of all, tell us just a little about yourself. You are the incumbent; what's...

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