Bennett Miller

  In 1998, author Sarah Vowell went on a road trip and followed the Trail of Tears.  Vowell grew up in Oklahoma; her ancestors were Cherokee.  She visited Chattanooga and North Georgia, seeking the trail’s beginnings, then followed it to the West and created an hour-long episode of This American Life about her journey.

The trip changed her.  

  The exhibition now up at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway in Chattanooga is called Trees and Skies. Among the artists whose work is included in the exhibition are Carol Hobbs and Mike Ivey. Richard Winham went over to the gallery to see their paintings and to talk to them about their work.

About 10,000 people are expected at the third annual Mountain Arts and Crafts Celebration, which will take place at Cloudland Canyon State Park.

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  Last year, when workers at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant voted on whether to allow the United Auto Workers to represent them, Volkswagen was accused of being too friendly with the UAW.  The UAW lost, and a new election could happen this year.  But this time, VW opposes it.  In this segment, we find out why, and speak with UAW Local 42 President Mike Cantrell about what's at stake in the election and whether it has anything to do with the recent VW diesel-emissions cheating scandal.

National Park Service

  The National Park Service is looking for your input on the future of a fairly new park in the Chattanooga area.  Today we're speaking with Michael Wurzel, Executive Director - Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park about what's at stake with the park's future.  The public comment period is open until November 13th.


  When JJ Jerman and his wife Beverly moved to Chattanooga to start Office Furniture Warehouse, they had no idea of the adventure on which they were embarking.  Today, OFW has multiple divisions and has recently begun to test the market for used medical furnishings outside the United States.  Key to their continued success has always been the discipline to never expand into a new business area without already having a customer.

While Congress was concerned about pollution and deception in the automaker's emission problems, the state that's home to VW's only U.S. plant wants some assurances that their investment is safe.

Like many young married couples, Santhosh and Susan Mathews were delighted when Susan became pregnant for the first time. But when they went in for a routine ultrasound they were devastated when the doctor told them their baby had serious birth defects and would probably be still born. But when one doctor after another suggested they should abort the baby, they were steadfast in their resolve to carry the baby to term.

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  Ahead of a hearing Thursday afternoon where Tennessee state legislators will ask VW leaders about the diesel emissions scandal's potential effects on the Chattanooga plant, VW released the following statement:

The Volkswagen Group has reaffirmed its commitment to expanding its Chattanooga facility, where it plans on producing a newly developed midsize SUV for the U.S. market.

  This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  In this segment, we discuss the cut film's history and speak with members of The Scarlet Love Conspiracy, a Chattanooga band who will perform at a special screening Friday, October 30th at the Revelry Room.  Doors open at 8 pm and the film starts at 9 pm.  A special cut of the film will be screened with the audio muted during most of the musical numbers; the band will play and sing live during those scenes.

From the event page:

  Russian-born artist Timur Akhriev created a series of 17 painting about his friend and cousin Ray Kronenberg.  The series is called Drifter, and it’s a series about the millennial generation.  The opening reception will take place Friday, October 23rd, 6 - 9p, at Feminology, which is located at 1405 Williams Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405.  The reception is free and open to the public.

From a media release:

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Volkswagen unveiled the redesigned 2016 Passat in September, and a VW spokesperson confirmed the 2016 models are already in production at the Chattanooga plant.  

However, the company has no plans to actually sell the 2016 TDI diesel Passat (or other 2016 diesel Volkswagen vehicles) anytime soon, according to remarks Michael Horn, the President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, delivered during a Congressional hearing.

  In this segment, we visit the Cat Clinic of Chattanooga to meet the kitties and Dr. Marcia Toumayan, the clinic's founder.  We also hear about The Art’s Meow, a fundraiser featuring cat-themed artwork.

From a press release:

               “The Art’s Meow: 3rd Annual Celebration of Cats,” a fund-raising and educational event, is Sunday, Oct. 11, noon to 4 p.m., at Uptown Art, 115 Frazier Ave.

Closed Door Entertainment is performing a musical version of The Addams Family at the Tivoli October 16th - 18th.  In this segment, we get a preview of the show.

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick joins us with a musical preview of the upcoming Body and Soul III Concert at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on October 9th.  She is a piano player/teacher and the founder of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc. 

From a press release:

Several  leading  regional  musical  organizations  will  collaborate  in  a  unique  chamber

music  concert  taking  place  at  the  Roland  Hayes  concert  hall  on  the  campus  of  UTC