When the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga celebrates its 246th commencement ceremony on December 12, conference championship athletes, a commissioned military officer, and an internationally recognized actor will be among the 800 graduates.

UT Chattanooga will graduate candidates for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on Saturday, December 12, at 9 a.m., in the UTC McKenzie Arena.

Famous for portraying Principal Belding on the widely popular television program “Saved by the Bell,” Dennis Haskins will receive a degree in theatre.

This Saturday evening December 12th at 7:30, The Choo Choo Chorus is presenting Christmas Memories, a concert of close harmony, “barbershop singing,” featuring several quartets, a men’s chorus, a women’s chorus, and as a finale, all of the singers together—more than eighty voices singing songs for the season. One of the quartets featured in Saturday night’s concert–The Rock City 4— stopped by the studio on Tuesday to give us a preview of the show. 

  J.D. Frost is the author of two crime thrillers set in Chattanooga: Dollface and Face2Face.  Both novels feature Chattanooga police detective Moses Palmer as the protagonist, and the books are the first two installments of a planned trilogy.  

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  Maintenance employees at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen assembly plant will vote Thursday and Friday on whether to allow the United Auto Workers to represent them.  However, Volkswagen objects to the election because the maintenance employees comprise only a small part of the plant’s hourly workforce.

In this interview, Glenn Spencer joins us to discuss whether a European-style labor organization called a works council could be established at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant.  Spencer is the Vice President of the Workforce Freedom Initiative, a division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The group has prepared a new 25-page report, A New Organizing Paradigm?

Cheryl Jackson has been sick for most of her life. She is now in her early 40’s and it is only in the last two years that she has been able to count on relatively good health.

  Dan Lothian travels the world while covering religion and ethics for PBS.  Before that, he was CNN’s White House Correspondent and Boston Bureau Chief.  In this interview, he talks about how he got his start—first as a Tennessee Temple student in Chattanooga, then as a reporter at WDEF News 12.  

This is the first of WUTC's new Civic Chats series, where we speak with lawmakers and community leaders about important issues in the region.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee is hosting their first-ever fun walk on Saturday.  Shawnessey Keith Cargile joins us to give us the details.

From their Web site:

Join Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee for our first-ever fun walk!

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The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in favor of the United Auto Workers’ bid for a second election at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen assembly plant.

  At first glance, 4 Paws Pantry might look like a pet store.  It’s stocked with chew toys, blankets for cats and dogs, and other pet accessories.  But it’s actually a food bank for pets, and sales of the items help fund the mission—providing free pet food to people going through financial hardships.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Percussion Ensemble’s annual year-end concert called Beat Hunger is set for this Sunday November 22 and Monday November 23 at 7:30 in the UTC Fine Arts Center. That it’s scheduled for two successive nights is a testament to its popularity. Richard Winham talked to Dr. Monte Coulter, the director of the percussion program here at UTC. He told him the original impetus for the increasingly popular concerts came from seeing homeless people on the streets in the neighborhood surrounding UTC.  

SoundCorps, a local non-profit whose goal is to “build Chattanooga’s music economy” is the result of two years' work, according to the executive director, Stratton Tingle. In the summer of 2014, a group of music business researchers from Austin, Texas were invited to Chattanooga to measure music’s impact on the city’s economy. Armed with the results of that study, Stratton Tingle formed a board and began raising money to establish SoundCorps as a resource for music professionals in Chattanooga.

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  The United Auto Workers are seeking a an election to represent maintenance workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen assembly plant.