When Tim Piersant and his partners launched Chattanooga Whiskey, they knew they had their work cut out for them.  They had to lobby the Tennessee state legislature to change laws and initially produced their product in Indiana.

Now Chattanooga Whiskey is building a brand new facility downtown and is transitioning all distilling operations to Chattanooga.  On this episode, Tim sits down with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell to chronicle this journey and talk about what comes next.

Kahmesha Herring, a volunteer with the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee, joins us to talk about their fundraiser coming up Saturday, which includes a chance for kids of all ages to dress up in animal costumes and walk through Warner Park.

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You may have noticed that lately Chattanooga looks like a dystopian movie, with plumes of thick smoke looming over the city and people wearing face masks. But it isn’t the end of the world. Just fallout from local wildfires. We spoke Dr. Pamela Sud, a pulmonologist at CHI Memorial, about the nearly 100 patients the hospital has treated for smoke-related breathing problems. Another local hospital, Erlanger, has treated more than a hundred as well.

After working at Bain & Company and going to business school, Will Harper realized how important corporate culture is to business success.  Now, as Co-Founder of Like Humans (a new consulting company), Will helps clients create cultures that optimize happiness.

On this episode, Will talks with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about how happiness holds the key to improving financial and marketing performance.  

Governor Bill Haslam created Insure Tennessee to help 280,000 low-income residents in the state get health insurance. But a small group of Republican lawmakers in the state Senate Health Committee killed the plan before it got off the ground, which inspired the creation of Women for Tennessee's Future, an organization opposing Republicans by grooming female Democratic candidates to run for office.

Wearing a "Make American Great Again" hat and dancing at the Hamilton County GOP election night party, local resident Matthew Huckabee described Donald Trump by using an odd but affectionate phrase:

"He is what he is," Huckabee said, musing about Trump's sometimes-abrasive personality. "He's a monster of his own. But a monster for the American people."

U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican incumbent from Tennessee who won re-election on the same night Donald Trump won the electoral college, also cheered Trump's surprise victory.

  Today, as results come in across the country, NPR and reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. The NPR Politics team, along with WUTC reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

As you scroll through the live blog, come back to the top of the blog to populate new stories that have been posted since you’ve visited the page. Get a more in-depth look at each one of these races by clicking the “View Results” link in the top right of the blog.

WUTC has been interviewing Hamilton County major party candidates ahead of Tuesday's vote. On this episode of Around and About Chattanooga, we hear excerpts from our conversations with Melody Shekari, Chuck Fleischmann, Khristy Wilkinson, and Todd Gardenhire. Extended interviews, transcripts, and conversations with more candidates are here.

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The 2016 Head of the Hooch Regatta will bring thousands of competitors and spectators to the downtown Chattanooga riverfront, and is expected to have a 5 million dollar economic impact on the city. Organizer Paul Gaigelas joins us to preview the boat race.

WUTC SPECIAL BROADCAST: Tune in on Saturday, November 5th at 1 to 2 pm for a live remote from the waterfront.

When Joe Bozich decided to start his business, he looked for just the right opportunity.  He wanted a proven concept that had a good track record.  For him, becoming a franchisee of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives was the answer.

Today, Joe Bozich tells Start It Up Host Monty Bruell why franchising provides the right mix of upside potential and downside risk.  As the owner of Chattanooga's Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, Joe helps clients provide added safety, security, and curb appeal to their homes.  

Velma Wilson founded Cleaning Solutions after observing how dusty most offices were. As it turns out, Velma not only has a passion for cleanliness; she also has a passion for people. She quickly learned that her business had the power to change the lives of employees.

On this episode, Velma talks with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about how her employees are the cornerstone of her business.   

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.


When Cara Hicks found herself pregnant and about to start her freshman year of college, she didn't know how she would get it done.  However, with the help of a supportive mother and other mentors, she was able to not just survive, but thrive. Now, as the founder of The Momentum Network, she shares lessons learned with other single moms and connects them to resources and mentors.

Governor Bill Haslam has joined a growing number of Republican politicians calling for Donald Trump to quit campaigning in light of his vulgar comments about women in a video released Friday.

In a statement released today, Haslam said: