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3:36pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Community

Velo Coffee Turns to Kickstarter to Fund New Roaster

Velo Coffee Roasters has been on Chattanooga's Main Street for almost five years, selling coffee by the cup and delivering bags of beans by bike to businesses across the city. Their original business plan was for slow but steady growth, but now they’re ready to take a big step forward. The coffee roaster they’ve been using is too small and they’d like to replace it.

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10:57am

Wed July 16, 2014
Community

Chattanooga Ambassador Program Helps At-Risk Kids Stay in School

Chattanooga's Department of Youth and Family Development is working with at-risk kids by using a holistic approach to keep them in school.  City Administrator Lurone "Coach" Jennings discusses the Chattanooga Ambassador Program.

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10:50am

Wed July 16, 2014
Destinations & Diversions

Chattanooga Nature Center Is a World Away, but Only Minutes from Downtown

The Chattanooga Nature Center and Arboretum and Reflection Riding is a peaceful oasis just minutes from downtown. Circling the foot of Lookout Mountain, Reflection Riding is acres of open pasture and woodland bisected by miles of trails that wind through the woods and beside the river that snakes though the property. Michael Green, one of the dozens of volunteers who run the Nature Center, takes us for a short walk through the property, stopping at the animal sanctuary, which is one of the center’s biggest draws.

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11:05am

Tue July 15, 2014
VW

Analysis: VW Chattanooga Expansion Involves More Than SUVs

The VW Chattanooga plant.
Credit Copyright Volkswagen of America, Inc.

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller and Nooga.com's Chloe Morrison discuss the broader implications of Volkswagen choosing Chattanooga as the site to build its new seven-passenger SUV and a special research center.

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10:05am

Tue July 15, 2014
Community

Food For Summer With the Children's Summer Feeding Program

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank received a grant from Conagra to help provide food for the Children's Summer Feeding Program. 

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10:41am

Mon July 14, 2014
VW

VW Chattanooga Not Only Gets New SUV; Also Gets New Research Center

New midsize SUV from Volkswagen to be produced in Chattanooga (Concept car shown)
Credit Copyright Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Saying that the United States "is and will remain one of the most important markets for Volkswagen," officials at Volkswagen announced that the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant will assemble the company's new midsize, seven-passenger SUV.  About $600 million will be invested in new production, and 2,000 new jobs are expected to be added.

"This is also a strong signal for the US as an industrial and automobile production location," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in a prepared statement.

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9:17am

Fri July 11, 2014
Community

Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel speaks at a press conference announcing UAW Local 42 in Chattanooga.

The United Auto Workers' newest local union is forming in Chattanooga with workers from the same plant where the UAW was rejected earlier this year.  Called UAW Local 42, it's UAW’s latest effort to organize in the South.

In February, the UAW tried to unionize the entire VW Chattanooga auto plant, with cooperation from the company itself.  That bid was rejected in a 712-626 vote.  But UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel says he believes this renewed effort will succeed.

"The main reason," Casteel says, "I think, is because there's no election involved here.  There's no opportunity for third-party interference."

During the UAW’s original bid to unionize the plant, Senator Bob Corker and other conservative politicians had weighed in, urging workers to reject the union.  Formation of this new local union doesn’t require a vote—just signatures from 15 employees.  But it also lacks official recognition from Volkswagen.  If the local union grows to represent the entire VW Chattanooga workforce, it would be the first foreign-owned auto plant to unionize in the South.

Many questions remain: is this new union a step toward a German-style works council at the plant?  What, if anything, does this have to do with the new SUV that may be produced at the plant?  This audio features excerpts from the press conference and analysis from Chloe Morrison, a reporter at our news partner Nooga.com.

UPDATE 7/11/14 at 1:30 p.m.: Senator Bob Corker's office has responded to the UAW annoucement.

“There has been some confusion about what happened yesterday related to the UAW’s announcement that they are opening an office in Chattanooga and its impact on Volkswagen's expansion considerations,” said Todd Womack, Corker’s chief of staff, in a prepared statement. “The fact is, nothing happened. Any union can rent space in any city and open an office. Volkswagen made it very clear in their statement that they have no agreement whatsoever with the UAW."

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1:25pm

Wed July 9, 2014
When Pigs Fly?

Did Cleveland, TN Really Redefine 'Mile High Club' With $42 Million in Pork?

The Beacon Center of Tennessee's 2014 Pork Report roasts government spending that the center claims is wasteful, including $42 million for a private jetport in Cleveland, Tennessee.

"Apparently," the report says, "Cleveland officials felt our well-to-do comrades should not be relegated to commuting with the common folk from the Chattanooga airport."

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11:13am

Wed July 9, 2014
Books

Patrick Johnston: The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie

For several decades, the World Cup soccer games were hosted alternately by countries in South America and Europe. So it’s perhaps appropriate that the closing games of this year’s contest are between two giants from South America and Northern Europe. The question of whether the final game will pit South America against Northern Europe will be answered this afternoon when Argentina faces the Netherlands in the second of the two semi final games.

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3:35pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Health

Ask A Doc: What Can I Do About Chronic Knee Pain?

How can athletes take care of their knees and joints and prevent future problems?  Does running cause arthritis?  What can a person do about chronic knee pain and osteoarthritis--is a knee replacement the only option?  Dr. Danielle Mitchell from the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health joins us to discuss these topics and more.

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3:31pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Cutting-Edge Treatment

How Could Plastic Surgery Alleviate Migraines? And Why Are Some Neurologists Wary?

Heather Crowe’s migraines began when she was in junior high.  The pain was blinding, and when they happened, she couldn't do anything except stay in bed.  She suffered for years, until she became a nurse and started working for Dr. Jimmy Waldrop at the Erlanger-housed Plastic Surgery Group.

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11:06am

Fri June 20, 2014
Community

Lawyers Dressed in Hoodies and Bluejeans

Chattanooga is developing a reputation as a start up friendly city. Young entrepreneurs excited by access to the ultra fast Internet are working with the Company Lab and other mentor organizations. But many of them still face the sometimes daunting challenge of finding legal advice they can afford. Scott Maucere wants to help. He’s the CEO of a local legal cooperative called Push To Start.

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11:15am

Thu June 19, 2014
Made In Chattanooga

This App Could ‘Nudge’ Users Toward Healthier Lifestyles

The Nudge app is a free download in iTunes and the Google Play store.

Plenty of apps already exist to collect a health-conscious person’s data.  RunKeeper, FitBit and MapMyFitness can all track how often a person takes a walk, how far he or she runs, how often he or she sleeps, and more.  Some apps can also connect with wearables, such a smart watch that measures someone’s heart rate.

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1:58pm

Wed June 18, 2014
Community

When Dealing With A Loved One Who Has Dementia, Plan Ahead

Susan Farmer, Director of the Senior Life Program at Parkridge Valley, joins us with advice on dealing with parents and loved ones who show signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s.  Many families never discuss what to do if older relatives can’t remember basic information or become unable to live independently.

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6:09pm

Wed June 11, 2014
Tuesday With Maury

'Perfect Practice Makes Perfect': Legendary Dodger Maury Wills Looks Back

A conversation with 1962 National League MVP Maury Wills and Chattanooga Lookouts President and General Manager Rich Mozingo.

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is coming to Chattanooga on Tuesday, June 17th to be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Southern League All-Star Luncheon.  This year, the Chattanooga Lookouts will host the Southern League All-Star game, with the game itself on the 17th at AT&T Field, and a home run derby happening on July 16th at historic Engel Stadium.

Maury Wills and Lookouts President and General Manager Rich Mozingo appear in this segment to talk about how the all-star game luncheon will benefit the RBI Program of Chattanooga, which brings baseball to inner-city children.

Wills also discusses highlights of his career--a legendary shortstop known for stealing bases, he explains his "perfect practice" philosophy, and reveals his struggle with drug addiction after his baseball career ended, explaining how he got clean and now uses his story to inspire others.

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