Since the 1980's Chattanoogans have been actively looking for new ways to connect with the Tennessee River.  Whether looking for a motor or paddle, chances are fun seekers can find a fun activity on local waterways.

Local entrepreneur Nate Wilson has recently launched Chattanooga Cycle Boats downtown at Ross' Landing.  Individuals and groups can now spend an hour or a day pedaling to their hearts' content.  On this episode, Nate talks with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about his fun, eco-friendly business venture.  

  Bill Keener and his wife Miriam are second generation stewards of Sequatchie Cove Farm. Their organically produced meats and fruits have garnered a loyal following and a stellar reputation.

In March of 2010, Nathan and Padgett Arnold launched Sequatchie Cove Creamery, producing a variety of cheeses made from raw milk direct from the farm. Demand for their cheeses has grown exponentially and the Creamery now distributes across the US.

  Veteran Nashville songwriters Don Goodman and Steve Dean come down to Chattanooga every Wednesday to meet with a group of veterans in a counseling session called Operation Song. The songwriters listen to the veterans talk about their experiences in a war zone and then they distil their experiences into a song. This song, called “I Fought A Battle,” tells the story of Joe Engle, a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and his wife Kayla who faced equally devastating challenges of her own at home.  

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  When heroin users overdose, it's often a fatal situation. An antidote called Narcan (also called naloxone) is able to reverse the effects of an overdose. Because of new regulations, Narcan should be fairly easy to obtain in Tennessee, but as WUTC's Baris Gusakal found out, that's not always the case--even though heroin use is reaching epidemic proportions.

  On this episode, UnifiEd Executive Director Elizabeth Crews and Host Monty Bruell continue their conversation about building public schools and systems from scratch.  Why can't we just start over with a blank sheet of paper?

No one is opposed to having great schools for our children.  So why are so many of the educational outcomes produced in America so underwhelming?  Elizabeth and Monty begin a much needed conversation about public education that really just barely scratches the surface.

  Chattanooga native Dennis Haskins may be American's best-loved principal. Or, more specifically, Haskins's portrayal of Mr. Belding may be. Haskins played the character for more than a decade on Saved By The Bell and its spin-offs.

    Dr. Rhea Seddon joins us to talk about what it was like to be one of NASA's first female astronauts. A Murfreesboro, Tennessee native, she was a medical resident who applied to NASA on a whim after hearing the organization was searching for women to join the space program. She was accepted, launched into orbit to conduct medical experiments, and found a family; she and her husband Hoot Gibson were the first married astronaut couple, and Dr. Seddon gave birth to the world's first "astrotot."

  A little duct tape here, a little spit and elbow grease over there....It seems that we are constantly tinkering with and trying to reconfigure public education in the United States.  What if instead, we decided to just start over, completely fresh with a blank canvas? What would the ideal public school system look like? How could we better teach our children?

The Money School is a free financial education day organized by Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise featuring financial professionals and nonprofits from around Chattanooga. This Saturday, April 9th, there will be 30 seminars for anyone over 13 years old on topics ranging from money management, budgeting and retirement planning to paying for college. Richard Winham talked to Jennifer Holder from Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise.

  Operation Song is a local program that pairs two veteran songwriters from Nashville with local military veterans coping with post-traumatic stress. The songwriters help the veterans turn their stories into songs. Richard Winham talked to Randall Scheil, a veteran of the Iraq war, about the song he wrote called “Three Ring Binder.”  

  In this interview, we’re talking about a place that’s home to some of Tennessee’s most important records. But workers at the building are running out of room for new documents. The Tennessee State Library & Archives is housed in a Nashville building that’s 60 years old, has accessibility issues and far too few public parking spaces. Officials are seeking $90 million for a new location.

  For more than a decade, Boston based Interise has taught small business owners how to grow and better manage their companies.  Over 2,100 business owners in almost 40 communities around the US have used the Streetwise MBA curriculum to identify and implement custom growth strategies.

  Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson has introduced a bill that would allow counselors to turn down potential clients if the client's goals, outcomes, or behavior conflicts with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor.  Some say the bill is really about allowing counselors to discriminate against gays and lesbians, but Senator Johnson disagrees.

  There's the old saying about how it's the cobbler's children who have no shoes.  Well, this adage can be applied to many different business sectors.  Amy Mace and Amanda Carmichael are the founders of Mace+Carmichael, a leading public relations firm.  After years of developing PR and Branding strategies for clients, they realized that their own brand needed a bit of polishing and elbow grease.

  WUTC's Baris Gursakal recently became a United States citizen. He recorded his thoughts on the road and during his naturalization process for a piece about the process and meaning of becoming a citizen of the United States. 

"I can finally say that I truly belong to the place I’ve always felt like I belonged," Gursakal says.