Emily and Michael Felix met in Oregon, lived in New York, but chose Chattanooga as the best place to launch Reunion Yarn, their new yarn recycling company.  They're updating a skill practiced by their great-grandmothers by adding robotics and 3D printing to the mix.

They stopped by our studio to tell Start It Up Host Monty Bruell what's looming on the horizon for their burgeoning startup.  Not just looking to make a buck, Emily and Michael want to keep millions of pounds of textiles out of landfills every year. Checkout this episode to learn more about Reunion Yarn.  

American Heart Association

February is National Heart Month and Friday February 5th is National Wear Red Day. 


  So it turns out the U.S. embargo against Cuba isn't a total embargo.  American businesses are allowed to export food, and Tennessee is sending about 1.3 million dollars' worth of chicken leg quarters to the island.

Adelina Bryant joins us to explain why chicken legs from the Volunteer State are so popular in Cuba, and how the state's exports to grow by $100 million if the embargo were lifted.  Bryant is with Engage Cuba, a nonprofit advocacy group that supports doing away with the embargo.

  When it comes to web development and design, sometimes it seems that these practitioners are a dime a dozen.  The Boho Studio cuts through the clutter by providing quality design elements and value to clients.

On this episode, Founder Stephanie Whiting talks with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about the importance of selecting the right web designer for your particular needs.  She also discusses the challenge and satisfaction of building a successful boutique practice.  

Alex Friedman is the president of Private Corrections Institute, Inc., which he describes as "a non-profit citizen watchdog organization that works to educate the public and policymakers about the significant downsides associated with the privatization of correctional services."  Recently, the Hamilton County Commission voted in favor of paying up to $460,000 for a study regarding potential privatization of future correctional facility operations in the county.

  Weekly Fig is a new grocery delivery service that links consumers directly to fresh produce, cheeses, and meats from local farms.  Unlike typical Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, customers do not have to pickup their weekly baskets of groceries. Weekly Fig delivers baskets directly to the homes of their members.

On this episode, Founders Michele Reneau  and Anju Wilson explain the benefits of sourcing groceries locally to Start It Up Host Monty Bruell.  Listen to their conversation to find out how to become a Weekly Fig member.   

  Having already established himself as a successful restaurateur as the owner of St. John, Josh Carter wanted to share his love of wine with others.  This desire has culminated with the opening of IMBIBE, a liquor, wine, and craft beer emporium on Chattanooga's Southside. 

On this episode, Josh and Start It Up Host Monty Bruell talk about wine, marketing, and regulation.  Josh takes us inside his latest venture and explains why great people and trust are at the heart of his success.  

  Last week, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke asked staff at the city’s Youth and Family Development Centers to proactively address hazing and bullying.  Mayor Berke made this directive after an incident involving basketball players from Ooltewah High School.  The rest of Ooltewah’s basketball season has been canceled.  Some parents of team members say the incident was part of a pattern of bullying and harassment.


   David Castaneda and his cohorts Ben Park and Cole Sweeton want to bring locally curated digital radio to Chattanooga, and the judges and attendees think it's a great idea.  Their venture, Undaground, was voted Best Overall Idea at last month's startup competition, Will This Float.

David, Ben, and Cole piled into our studio to explain to Start It Up Host Monty Bruell just what the hoopla is all about.  When launched later this year, Undaground will allow audiences to stream local musicians 24/7.  After Chattanooga, the trio hope to expand to cities around the US.

Three Ooltewah High School basketball players have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and rape after allegedly attacking a 15-year-old teammate.  The student was hospitalized and needed surgery to repair his colon and bladder after being sodomized with a pool cue.  The Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating reports that the attack was part of an ongoing pattern of hazing and bullying perpetrated by upperclassmen on the basketball team.

An estimated 22 veterans of the U.S. military commit suicide every day. That startling statistic was first reported by USA Today in February, 2013. Little has changed in the interim, but a local non-profit is trying to help veterans in the Chattanooga area. Richard Winham talked to Bobbie Allison-Standefer, co-founder of Heartland Therapeutic Programs about an innovative program called Operation Song which is helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder cope with life after the military.

Rod Francis, creator of the Grow Young Project, joins us for an extended conversation. The Grow Young Project is a "a free online resource for clear, unbiased fact, opinion and reviews of all things related to winding back the clock." Francis is also a mindfulness coach, and he tells us about connections between mindfulness and aging, among other topics.  

  Back in the day, Chattanooga use to be a magnet for blues musicians and other entertainers.  Now a group of visionaries hopes to once again make Chattanooga relevant in this industry and build a new music economy.  Led by Stratton Tingle, SoundCorps is a new non-profit that has been charged with being the catalyst for developing jobs, technologies, and opportunities across the broad spectrum of the music and entertainment landscape.

On this episode, Stratton unveils SoundCorps' vision in his talk with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell.  


  Five months after the shooting rampage at two military centers here in Chattanooga, the U.S. Navy is announcing it will award Purple Hearts to service members who were wounded or killed.