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11:41am

Wed August 7, 2013
Community

Teams Race In Muddy Obstacle Course for Charity

Credit Habitat for Humanity

The 4th annual Chattanooga Mud Run is set for Saturday August 17th at Greenway Farms and this year the 5K race could be the muddiest ever. 

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10:31am

Wed August 7, 2013
Roller Girls VS Derby Dames

Chattanooga Roller Girls Prepare for Final Home Game of Season

Established in 2008, the Chattanooga Roller Girls have had some success in the sport. In 2012, the ladies went undefeated at home. Proceeds from their bouts and events also benefit the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga. 

The Chattanooga Roller Girls have their final home game at the Chattanooga Convention Center Saturday, August 10th, at 7 PM. They play against the Greenville Derby Dames.

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9:55am

Tue August 6, 2013
Community

Kids Design and Build Their Own Space on Glass Street

Painting the concrete at the Glass Street Design/Build summer camp.
Credit Glass House Collective

The Glass House Collective brought in neighborhood youth ages 12 and up to create their own space this summer through the Glass Street Design/Build Camp


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3:05pm

Mon August 5, 2013
New Business

Cleveland's First Yoga Studio Offers Classes for All Levels

Melanie Lyon taught yoga classes at various locations around Cleveland, Tennessee, but she didn't have a permanent studio to call home.  She enlisted the help of several other Cleveland yoga instructors and opened 5ive Point Yoga & Massage, located in the heart of Cleveland's up-and-coming downtown district.   5ive Point is the area's first full-scale yoga studio, and it offers beginner classes as well as all-levels classes.

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12:33pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Business

Why Tax-Free Weekends May Not Be A Good Deal for Tennessee

Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday runs August 2 - 4 this year, and shoppers are expected to save between $8 and $10 million on items like clothing, school supplies and computers.  For computer sales in Tennessee, these are even bigger sales days than Black Friday.  These weekends are touted as economic boost for Tennessee and tax relief for low-income families, but a nonprofit research group, the Tax Foundation, says these tax holidays may not actually do much for the economy.  

10:10am

Thu August 1, 2013
LibraryBox 2.0

Chattanooga's Most Successful Kickstarter Campaign Ends

In late June of 2013, Jason Griffey, a librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, began a Kickstarter campaign for LibraryBox 2.0. LibraryBox is described as a device that can "share files with anyone, anywhere, off the internet, even off the power grid."

Working like a thumb drive with a wireless connection, LibraryBox can distribute files to anyone with a wi-fi capable device such as a tablet, smartphone, laptop, or personal computer.

With an initial goal of $3,000, the campaign ended on July 28th. LibraryBox made its $3,000 and then some.

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3:08pm

Wed July 31, 2013
#POTUSinCHA

Republicans, Booksellers React to Obama's Chattanooga Visit

President Obama waves to the crowd at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, TN.
Credit Mike MIller

  NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with a couple of Republican lawmakers about President Obama's speech in Chattanooga on Tuesday.  Mr. Obama wants to lower corporate tax rates to create new jobs, but the Republicans say taxes should be lowered for individual business owners as well as corporations.  Meanwhile, the American Booksellers Association is criticizing Mr. Obama for choosing an Amazon fulfillment center as the location for his speech.  They claim Amazon unfairly undercuts book prices, which makes it difficult for independent booksellers to compete.

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12:20pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Community

Mural Honors Local Leader in the Autism Community

Cynthia Joyner's mural located on the corner of Houston and Martin Luther King

Cynthia Joyner had a significant presence in the autism community of Chattanooga. She was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award at the 4th annual Chattanooga Autism Conference. She also organized Pints for Autism, an event which raised over $10,000 for the Chattanooga Autism Center.

On July 20th, Joyner died in a car accident on Interstate 24.

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4:41pm

Tue July 30, 2013
WUTC Special

President Obama Spoke in Chattanooga--Here's the Whole Speech

President Obama speaks at the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, TN.
Credit Mike MIller

President Obama spoke on Tuesday, July 30th at the Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He outlined five different key points for "Better Bargain for the Middle Class" plan to create jobs and grow American manufacturing.  This is the full, unedited audio of his speech.  Amazon employee Lydia Flanders gave the introduction.

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11:54am

Mon July 29, 2013
UTC Research

Some Atheists Choose Church Over Confrontation?

This graphic illustrates the percentage of study participants who identified with the types of atheist personalities.
Credit http://www.atheismresearch.com/

Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have completed an extensive study of more than 1,000 non-believers nationwide, and the researchers have identified six basic types of atheists.  Dr. Christopher Silver and Thomas J. Coleman led the project, and their study showed that 14% of atheists are angry, confrontational “anti-theists.”  However, 12% of atheists are “ritual atheists” who attend religious services even though they don’t believe in the theology.  In this feature segment, we find out why some atheists choose church.

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12:02am

Mon July 29, 2013
Business

Amazon Announces 5,000+ New Jobs

Amazon officials announced today that the company is creating more than 5,000 new jobs in its fulfillment centers across the U.S., including positions in its Chattanooga center.  The jobs will include picking, packing and shipping customer orders, and will offer benefits and stock awards, according to a media release.

“We’re hiring for approximately a dozen management and IT positions here in Chattanooga, as well as converting dozens of seasonal employees into full-time roles every month,” Amazon representative Ty Rogers said in an e-mail.  “We’ve converted hundreds of seasonal employees into full-time roles so far this year.”

Last week, President Obama announced he will visit the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga to promote proposals for creating new middle-class jobs.  He will speak in Chattanooga on Tuesday, June 30th.

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4:12pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Community

Tennessee Elk Hunt Auctioned on Ebay

Since 2009, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been using a lottery system to pick five hunters to hunt elk in the state. Another permit to hunt elk in Tennessee is given to the highest bidder.

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1:13pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Community

2013 Kids Count Report Ranks Tennessee 39th in Overall Child Well-Being

The 2013 Kids Count report examines the well-being of children and teens in all 50 states.  The report revealed that Tennessee has improved in the economic well-being of children compared to 2012 and ranked 16th nationwide in health.  However, Tennessee ranked near the bottom in education.

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1:07pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Southern Hospitality

South Side's Crash Pad Is Like a 4-Star Hostel

The Crash Pad isn't exactly what that term might lead you to expect. Located off Main Street on the fashionable south side of the city, The Crash Pad was originally intended as a cheap place for the rock climbers coming to Chattanooga in increasing numbers to stay (relatively cheaply) for a night, but to almost everyone's surprise it attracts as many tourists in the Summer as it does climbers, cyclists and back packers in the Fall and Winter. 

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9:46am

Wed July 24, 2013
Community

Former NTSB Chairman Speaking July 25th at First Amendment Dinner

Former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall.
Credit http://www.ntsb.gov/

  The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga is bringing former  National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall to speak at the 7th annual First Amendment Dinner on Thursday July 25th at 6:00 PM in the Jewish Cultural Center.  The goal of the First Amendment Dinner is to educate, inform and open discussion on the First Amendment rights historically and in the present context.  The event also honors veterans for their service in protection of those rights. 

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