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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.

Booze & Bawdy Language Welcomed at 'Rage Yoga'

Dec 6, 2016
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Yoga classes are mostly held in a tranquil setting with a yogi guru leading students to enlightenment through stretches and meditation. But that is not the kind of yoga class we visited at The Granfalloon.

Listen in on a rage yoga class- which combines yoga poses with loud rock music, salty language, and booze.

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher hopes a rising reward amount will help catch a shooting suspect. Last week, it was $6,000. This week, it’s nearly been doubled for information leading to the arrest of a man who allegedly shot an officer.

“The reward amount is now $11,500,” Fletcher said at a press conference Monday. “We believe this level of financial incentive will encourage anyone with knowledge of the suspect to call 911.”

The second installment of Chatt About Science, this city's Science Cafe series, is coming up Dec 8 at the Chattanooga Brewing Company. The events are informal, fun discussions with local scientists. Listen to an interview with organizer Sarah Webb and presenter Dr. Manuel Santiago.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has completed the first phase of its investigation into a the Woodmore Elementary school bus crash that killed six children, but the driver wouldn’t answer the NTSB’s questions.

The crash happened November 21st. Johnthony Walker veered off a neighborhood road, hitting a telephone pole and a tree. It’s unclear why. His attorney advised him to not speak with the NTSB. He’s been charged with six counts of vehicular homicide in a separate, criminal investigation.

Chattanooga residents are being asked to stay on the lookout for a shooting suspect who targeted a Chattanooga police officer. A reward of $6,000 is being offered for information leading to the suspect's arrest. The shooting happened at 9:24 Thursday morning in the Glendwood/Mission area and sparked a manhunt. 

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