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3:14pm

Tue April 15, 2014
Community

Blood Assurance Has Critical Need For O Negative Blood

Blood Assurance particularly needs Type O negative blood, B negative, and platelet donors.  In this segment, Bonnie Phillips from Blood Assurance speaks with WUTC’s Virginia Daniels about the shortage, ways people can donate, and special promotions and giveaways at Blood Assurance.

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8:09am

Sat March 29, 2014
Simon Says

A Bill To Distill Simmers In Tennessee

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

What legally makes whiskey taste like Tennessee?
Piotr Wawryniuk iStockphoto.com

Would Tennessee whiskey by any other name taste as sweet?

A debate in Tennessee simmers over a legal definition of what makes Tennessee whiskey "Tennessee."

The state legislature passed a bill last year saying whiskey can be labeled "Tennessee" only if it's made in the state from a mash that's 51-percent corn, trickles through maple charcoal, and is aged in new, charred oak barrels.

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10:41am

Wed March 26, 2014
Community

Habitat for Humanity Asks You to "Raise the Roof"

Joshua DuBois, former Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and guest speaker for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga's "Raise the Roof" event on April 11, 2014.
Credit Joshua DuBois

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga is hosting a fundraiser on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Chattanoogan Hotel. 

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10:49am

Tue March 25, 2014
Community

WIT Wants You

The fields of math, science and technology are still dominated by men. A group of women in Chattanooga would like to change that. They have formed a chapter of the national organization WIT: Women in Technology.  WUTC's Richard Winham talked to Ronna- Renee Jackson and Debi Crabtree to find out more.

On 3/25 at 5:30 p.m. at they are holding a reception to introduce anyone interested to their vision for the future.

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1:07pm

Mon March 24, 2014
Community

Affordable Care Deadline Approaches; Medicaid Gap May Hinder Enrollees

People seeking ACA enrollment help can enter their zip codes at HealthCare.gov and find local organizations.

Tennessee has about 890,000 residents who are uninsured and eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

"For these people," Corr says, it’s "extremely important" to sign up.  People who miss the deadline may have to pay a penalty.

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1:50pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Why Pay Less?

Tennessee Ranks #1 In High Sales Tax

This map ranks states by combined average state & local sales tax rates. Tennessee is highest.
Credit Tax Foundation

At 9.45%, Tennessee has the highest combined average state and local sales tax rate, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation think tank.  In this segment, WUTC's Michael Edward Miller speaks with Scott Drenkard, a Tax Foundation economist, about the reason why the foundation collects and publicizes this information.  They also discuss the oft-touted claim that in Tennessee, the sales tax is high, but it's offset by low income tax.

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1:31pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Community

Chattanooga Photojournalist Gardner Will Document Kenyan Refugees

Sales of these watercolor necklaces will help fund Molly Gardner's Kenya trip. Jocelin Yagel designed the ink logos, and Meredith Blanchard is the owner of LimeTree Products, the jeweler putting everything together.
Credit Molly Gardner Photography

Molly Gardner plans to fly to Nairobi, Kenya this summer to meet women who create goods for the fair-trade nonprofit Amani ya Juu, which helps refugee women earn a living by creating clothing and other goods.

Gardner, a Chattanooga photographer and artist, works as the event coordinator for the Amani distribution center here in Chattanooga.

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1:02pm

Fri March 21, 2014
VW Vote

BREAKING: UAW Revote Hearing Rescheduled to 4/21

Earlier this week, it was announced that the National Labor Relations Board will conduct a hearing in Chattanooga to determine whether a second vote should happen at the Volkswagen plant where workers narrowly rejected the United Auto Workers' bid for representation.  The hearing was originally scheduled for April 7.

However, according to a NLRB spokesperson, the hearing has now been rescheduled to April 21st.

We'll have more details as they become available.

11:44am

Fri March 21, 2014
Pets

Behold, Bones Made From Beer Bran

Barley Bones, a Chattanooga company, crafts dog treats from the spent barley waste of local beer breweries.
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Ben Whitelaw was a brewer at Big River, the brew pub in downtown Chattanooga, when he first conceived a business making and selling dog treats. He was in the habit of taking his dog to work with him on the weekends. As soon as they got there the little dog made a beeline for the spent grain scattered all over the floor of the grain room. Other dogs are equally attracted to the grain left over during the process of brewing beer.

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1:39pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Breaking

Volkswagen Recalls 150,000+ Passats from Chattanooga Plant

The recall affects 2012 and 2013 Passat vehicles made in Chattanooga, and more than 150,000 of the vehicles are involved.  In a statement on its Web site, Volkswagen says low-beam headlights on the cars could stop working if the hood is closed roughly or dropped from a certain height, which could cause reduced visibility of the vehicle.  Volkswagen says, if that happens, a warning in the instrument cluster will immediately alert the driver.  VW has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and plans to notify all owners of Passat vehicles involved in the recall.

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10:02am

Mon March 17, 2014
Community

Young Entrepreneur Opens Her Business In The Howard School

Deshel Hambrick is collecting dresses for the prom with the Cinderella Event hosted by her business, 4 Ever Young.
Credit LAUNCH Chattanooga

High school senior Deshel Hambrick opened her business last week with funds she won in a competition after completing a High School entrepreneur program with LAUNCH Chattanooga

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4:06pm

Fri March 14, 2014
Knoxville

For The Poor, Warmth In The Winter Comes At A Steep Price

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 6:05 pm

Christopher Sessums Flickr

Even as signs of spring emerge around the country, one particular remnant of winter remains: high energy bills. For low-income residents, a hefty heating bill can be an especially big burden, and not just in traditional cold-weather states.

In January, as temperatures dipped to record lows in eastern Tennessee, the Knoxville Utilities Board urged its customers: If you think you cannot pay your bill, call us. On average, gas bills were 29 percent higher than they were a year ago. And the poor have suffered even more, says Jeanie Fox, a customer counselor.

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10:44am

Fri March 14, 2014
Community

Would You Like To Make a Book? Dombrowski Hosting 'Artist Books' Events 3/14 & 15

What is a book? Most of us would have a ready answer for that question, but Chattanooga artist Bob Dombrowski wants to complicate it. In the past thirty years he has created more than 100 “artist books.” Simply put, an artist’s book is whatever the artist decides it is.

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9:43am

Fri March 14, 2014
Pediatric Health Series

Local Infant Mortality Rates Decrease, But African-Americans Still Disproportionately Affected

According to the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley, our region's children are among the unhealthiest in Tennessee and the nation.  One reason for that is our high rate of infant mortality.  In this feature news segment, Michael Edward Miller reports that infant mortality has improved over the last few years, but there are still challenges, particularly for African-Americans.  This is true both in Hamilton County and around the nat

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8:03pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Health

Ask the Doc: Should I Eat Backwards?

Many of us eat according to a predictable pattern: something small and quick for breakfast (because we're in a hurry), something moderate for lunch, and a large dinner.  But Dr. Danielle Mitchell recommends turning that pattern backwards, and eating the most calories at breakfast.

Dr. Mitchell founded the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health.  She joins WUTC's Michael Edward Miller to talk about eating and exercise in this interview, part of our regular "Ask the Doc" series.

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