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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.

Mary Helen Montgomery

  A crowd gathered this morning at the riverfront in downtown Chattanooga to remember the deadly attack that happened in this city a year ago today.

More than 50 Navy sailors and Marines stood at attention on the pier at Ross’s Landing. Below, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke led a ceremony to remember the five servicemen who lost their lives on July 16, 2015.

People also came to the University of Chattanooga student center this afternoon for an interfaith service focusing on the importance of people of different faiths coming together.

  When businesses save energy, they add dollars straight to their bottom line. ENERG3 helps clients integrate solar and wind production into their operations, while also finding ways to reduce energy consumption.

CEO and Founder Dan LeVan and Director of Renewable Energy Olivia Karavatikis talk with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about ENERG3's solutions for clients. From restaurants to car dealerships to manufacturers, all businesses have the opportunity to increase profits through better energy management. 

  If you've ever gotten close to the end of the month and wished that you had an extra 100 bucks, then this episode is for you.  Through its Empower Chattanooga program, GreenSpaces is helping low-income households save hundreds of dollars in energy expenditures each month.

  In a follow-up to last week’s conversation with Marina Peshtarianu, the associate director of the Bridge Refugee Center here in Chattanooga, Richard Winham has a conversation with Michael Rice, a.k.a. 'The Mad Priest', who seeks crowdfunding to help employ refugees who have been re-settled here in Chattanooga.

  Who hasn't used the Internet to find a job?  What happens to resumes once they're posted? Online jobs platforms are great tools for employers, but the interests of jobseekers have not always been adequately addressed.  Jason Hutson, Co-Founder of Fetch, hopes to change this dynamic.

Jason talks with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell to explain how Fetch respects the rights of talent while giving employers unique algorithms to best match jobseekers with available positions. Fetch could be the next big thing in online job search.  

  It’s being called the most disruptive nonprofit of our day. In this interview, we’ll find out why. A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga provides free, long-term, reversible birth control to local women. Today I’m speaking with Rachel Schulson, Executive Director, A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga, as well as Nicole, who is one of the organization's clients.

Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons are a mother/daughter team on a mission.  As the CEO and CMO of Mixtroz, they want to take the guesswork and awkwardness out of large networking events.  Imagine going to a convention, trade show, or university for the first time. It can be difficult to identify and connect with "your" people.

Globally this year, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, over 1,150,000 refugees are hoping to be resettled.

This is the first time in the 30 years for which the U.N. has kept records that the number of refugees hoping for resettlement is more than one million people—many of them women and children.

  On Sunday evening, local Christians, Muslims and others came together for an interfaith service at First Christian Church to honor the victims of the nation's latest and deadliest mass shooting. In Florida, a lone gunman killed nearly 50 people and wounded even more, targeting gays and lesbians at an Orlando nightclub. The shooter had pledged his allegiance to the radical extremist Islamic State.

  When David Manser was a boy growing up in Northern England, he could not have imagined that someday people would pay him to work with plants and animals.  It's just what he's always loved doing.  Now, as the owner of Ponds & Plants in Dayton, TN, David travels the world working with zoos and museums to create one-of-a-kind, natural looking habitats.  He's also become something of a zookeeper himself providing a home for exotic fish and animals.

On this episode, David shares with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell how he turned his passion for the outdoors into a business.

  For many not-for-profit organizations, fundraising is a never ending treadmill.  Sometime these groups need help identifying likely donors or knowing how to put their best foot forward.  That's why Jennifer Hoff founded Skye Strategies.

As CEO of Skye Strategies, Jennifer and her team consult with organizations to help them develop plans and write grant proposals that increase their likelihood of success. Today, Jennifer talks with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about how non-profits of all shapes and sizes should address their funding needs strategically and with purpose.  

  WUTC 88.1 FM has created a program featuring segments from Operation Song, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that empowers veterans, active duty military and their families to tell their stories through songwriting. The Operation Song Memorial Day Special is an hour of music and interviews about unforgettable experiences on the battlefield and back home. Several veterans collaborated with hit songwriters to create the music.

  It's been quite a year for Amanda Varnell and Sarah Hooper, Co-Owners of Dish T' Pass.  In its 4th year, their catering company and recreational cooking school has produced record sales and been named Small Business of the Year by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Now this dynamic duo is about to write a new chapter by launching Dish T' Pass Grab & Go Cafe, a retail gourmet food shop located in the 300 Building downtown.

  Welcome Home, a new Chattanooga nonprofit, has the answer. They provide compassionate end of life care to those in need.  Executive Director Sherry Campbell joins us to talk about the unique, vital service they provide to the community.

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