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  For those wanting to own a business, franchises can be an affordable, viable option.  Four years ago, Leslie Bennett discovered Soccer Shots and knew that Chattanooga was the perfect market for this franchise opportunity.

Today, Leslie talks with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about wrangling both little kids and their parents and about how Soccer Shots is growing like wildfire in Chattanooga.  Learn why owning a franchise has been the right path to realizing her entrepreneurial dreams.  

    Though she may not have realized it then, Katie King has been entrepreneurial since graduating from law school.  She worked as a temp to outfox the corporate gatekeepers and rose to become Senior Counsel at EPB.  Recently she has launched her own solo practice.

On this episode, Katie stops by the studio to talk with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about her professional journey and what's on the horizon.  She is building a unique firm where head honchos and artists will feel equally at home.

  The Rio games aren't the only reason East Tennessee residents are talking about the Olympics. Some are remembering the 20th anniversary of the 1996 summer games that featured whitewater events in Ocoee, Tennessee. Though those events turned out to be a success, some were skeptical when the idea was first proposed, and grassroots organizations worked hard to make it happen.

Most children in Chattanooga and Hamilton County will be starting school or going back after the long Summer break in the next couple of weeks. If you have children starting pre-k or kindergarten or going back into the 7th grade they are required to have a TN Immunization certificate. The certificate is available from your primary care physician or from the Chattanooga - Hamilton County pediatric clinic. Lauren Hawkins is the pediatric clinic manager. She talked to Richard Winham beginning with why this is the busiest time of the year for the clinic.

  Though her day job is Communications Director of The Company Lab, Tia Capps has long had a passion for documentary filmmaking. This summer she decided to follow a dream by taking an 8-day course at The Documentary Center at Duke University.

Often entrepreneurs need to stick a toe in the water before fully taking the plunge. Sometime this will involve taking a class, internship, or just doing research.  Tia sits down with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell to discuss her introduction to documentary filmmaking and how it might affect her future.

  Just before Hamilton County’s August 4 elections, we’re speaking with Democratic primary candidates for Tennessee's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives: Michael Friedman, George Ryan Love and Melody Shekari. We also spoke with Mark Siedlecki, a Democrat running against Republican Marty Haynes in the race to be the new Hamilton County Assessor of Property.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department received confirmation of the first person in Hamilton County to test positive for Zika virus.  The individual recently returned from an affected country where Zika disease is being transmitted by mosquitoes.  In an effort to prevent local transmission, the Health Department is conducting door-to-door education in the general vicinity of the case.

  Hamilton County primary elections are coming up August 4.

Three Democrats are vying for the nomination in the Tennessee Senate District 10: Ty O’Grady, Khristy Wilkinson and Nick Wilkinson (no relation to Khristy.) On the Republican ballot, incumbent Todd Gardenhire is running unopposed.

  Early voting is underway in Hamilton County, Tennessee, with residents choosing local and state Republican or Democratic primary candidates, as well as a new Hamilton County Assessor of Property, school board members, and more.

Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist David Martin joins us to discuss some of the most interesting aspects of this summer's races.

  Allan Levene lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, but is running against U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District.

Levene says he’s done his research and election law doesn’t prevent him from seeking a Republican primary nomination in a state where he has nothing but a UPS Store mailbox and some campaign signs.

Lodge Manufacturing held a ground breaking ceremony last month to celebrate the development of a new foundry and distribution warehouse. 

  Justin Paul knew there had to be a way to link two of his loves: promoting musicians and artists and supporting charities.  That's why he created Injii, a new platform that melds these two worlds.  Injii operates like a TV channel that allows artists to choose when they debut their work, while also allowing viewers to donate to the artists favorite charities.

Meredith McIver, a Trump Organization in-house staff writer, has admitted that she "included some of the phrasing" from a Michelle Obama speech when writing Melania Trump's RNC speech. The full statement is reprinted in the image attached to this post.

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