Chattanooga

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.

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 college, also cheered Trump's surprise victory.

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 Bradley County. 

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?

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?

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. 

Ballot Vox: Marc Gravitt

Oct 20, 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 Marc Gravitt, a Republican who is running for re-election as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, District 30. 

JACQUI HELBERT: If you would, introduce yourself? What is your name, where you are from, and what is your background?

Leslie Jordan, a Chattanooga native and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga alumnus, won an Emmy in 2006 for his role on Will & Grace. He's also appeared on Desperate HousewivesBoston Legal and American Horror Story.

 This past Summer 26 people ranging in age from 40 to 70 went away to Summer Camp for the weekend. The organizers called it Boomer Camp. It was at Camp Ocoee and for a couple of days in addition to wine tastings and a smoked salmon supper, they kayaked, canoed, hiked, swam and sang songs around a fire like kids at camp. “It was an opportunity to play and have fun without feeling guilty about it,” said one.

The camp was a big success; the organizers had hoped for eight people, 26 signed up.

Contributed

WUTC's Richard Winham speaks with Teal Thibaud, Executive Director of the Glass House Collective, and Shane Morrow about revitalization efforts in the neighborhood.

The Glass Street LIVE Block Party is coming up 9/24, and the public is invited.

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Thanks to the Arts Move Chattanooga program, which invited noted artists to move to Chattanooga offering them a $15,000 break on their mortgage, Chattanooga is now home to a host of painters, musicians, writers and sculptors. One of the sculptors who accepted the city’s invitation is Roger Halligan, who is also the Vice president of The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance. The Sculpture Alliance was formed by the noted sculptor, John henry, a decade ago. For their 10th anniversary the Alliance plans to spend a day celebrating John Henry.

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