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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.

    The Internet is constantly expanding and can sometimes be scary for kids and their parents, grandparents, and guardians. Not only are there places on the Web to be avoided, but there are also so many great tools and resources to be sought out.  Torch is a new company, whose products will help adults optimize the Internet experience of kids in their care.

  Tuesday, September 29 is National Coffee Day. So, Charity Martin and Tiffany Robertson stopped by our studio to celebrate (and brought plenty of coffee for everybody). On this week's episode, Charity joins Host Monty Bruell to explain how she and her sister Melody have brought a popular Alaska coffee concept here to Chattanooga.  Their double drive-thru on Broad Street is the area's fastest way to grab coffee on the run.

  With more than 100 events already booked, this year's Startup Week (Oct 12-16) is set to be bigger and more exciting than last year's inaugural gathering.  The Angel Summit, CoStarters Summit, and UTC Student Elevator Pitch Competition will all also take place during the same week.

On July 16, 2015 five lives were ended by a lone gunman at a military facility near the Tennessee River Park in Chattanooga.  This is the story of what happened from the prospective of a mother visiting the park with her children.

Sword and Pen is a creative writing group at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga that offers military veterans and their dependents a chance to get together and write. 

Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health founder Dr. Danielle Mitchell joins us to discuss why she calls our current healthcare system "sickcare," and how she's offering her patients an new membership-based "fitcare" payment model, a pay-as-you-go model, and transparent pricing.

  When Victoria Overholser moved to Chattanooga, she knew she wanted to contribute to her new community. Now, as Executive Director of Grassroots Midtown, she works everyday with residents and business owners to improve their neighborhoods.

Most longtime residents of Chattanooga know Midtown as Brainerd. This area is being rebranded because it represents the geographic heart of Hamilton County. Victoria sits down with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell to explain the exciting things that are in the works for Midtown, right in the heart of the city.

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The Southeast Conservation Corps partnered with the National Park Service to rebuild the historic Blue Blazes Trail at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park this summer. 

Caroline Johnson, one of GoFest's organizers, joins us to talk about the free annual event, which drew a crowd of more than eleven thousand people last year to the Chattanooga Zoo.  This year's crowd could be even bigger, so the city is offering a free shuttle from a parking lot at Engel Stadium.


  Before a technology company is launched in Chattanooga, the chances are pretty good that the founder will have talked to Mike Bradshaw at The Company Lab.  As CoLab's Executive Director, Mike has advised scores of companies and helped guide them from the kernel of an idea stage all the way to becoming full-fledged realities.

  The Center for American Progress Action Fund ranked all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) on three main areas critical to a healthy democratic process: ballot accessibility in each state, influence in the political system, and representation in state government.  The report gave Tennessee a failing grade for ballot accessibility.

Lauren Harmon, one of the report's authors, joins us to talk about it.


    When Zeke Arter came to Chattanooga to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), he had no idea that the city would become a permanent home for him and his family. After graduating, however, Zeke saw an opportunity to partner with his longtime friend to start his first business, Maple Street Biscuit Company.