Tue January 15, 2013
Wielding Power

Next Crop of Electric Linemen Train in Trenton, GA

Students at the Southeast Lineman Training Center in Trenton, GA, look on as one student practices making a repair at the top of a pole.
Credit Mary Helen Miller / WUTC

Visiting the Southeast Lineman Training Center

The Southeast Lineman Training Center opened in Trenton, GA, in 2000 to train new electric power workers. Since then, enrollment has grown with the demand for training.

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Mon January 7, 2013

Wine In Grocery Stores, Guns In Trunks? TN Legislative Season Forecast

Chas Sisk, a political reporter with The Tennessean, joins us to talk about legislative issues Nashville lawmakers will face this year, such as wine sales potentially being allowed in grocery stores and people being allowed to keep guns in their car trunks.

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Wed January 2, 2013

Chattanooga Physician’s Drug Treatment Could Be First To Fight Preeclampsia

Dr. David Adair, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in Chattanooga, is working on a drug treatment that could save pregnant women’s lives.  Preeclampsia affects between five and eight percent of all pregnancies, and it’s currently an incurable, sometimes-deadly disease.  The FDA recently designated the new drug treatment for fast-track review.

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Fri December 21, 2012
World Ends Today. Maybe.

How To Survive A Zombie Outbreak In The South

Jennifer Nicholas, the head of Atlanta's Zombie Outbreak Response Team, poses here with a monster.
Credit Courtesy of Jennifer Nicholas

How do you prepare for the end of the world? Well, it depends on how the world ends. Here at WUTC, we thought that a zombie outbreak is as likely as anything else. So, we called up Jennifer Nicholas, the head of Atlanta's Zombie Outbreak Response Team, to ask for some advice.

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Fri December 21, 2012
Studio Equipment, That Is

It’s Not The Equipment, But How You Use It

Chosen Productions is one of Chattanooga’s newest audio/video production companies, and they have a huge array of microphones, audio hardware, musical instruments—even a grand piano sitting beside a window overlooking downtown.  But all that equipment would be useless without a good engineer sitting behind the console.

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Thu December 20, 2012
On Duty

Are Constables A Liability, Or Crucial To Law Enforcement?

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In many Tennessee counties, constables are a lot like regular police officers, but with a few major differences: They get paid very little, if anything, are required to have very little training, and don't have a superior.

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Tue December 18, 2012

For Sibyl Carmichael, Work Is Just Icing On The Cake

A visit to the Sugar Shoppe

Sybil Carmichael decorates wedding cakes at the Sugar Shoppe in East Brainerd. She also teaches cake decorating classes there.

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Thu December 13, 2012

The Longform: Mayor Littlefield Details Proposed Wastewater Authority

In this longform interview, Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield tells WUTC why he believes our city needs a new wastewater authority, and why he’s proposing it right now, with only a few months left in his term.

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Tue December 11, 2012
Extra! Extra!

The Chattanooga Pulse Turns Ten

Zachary Cooper is the publisher of The Chattanooga Pulse.
Credit Josh Wool / Courtesy of Zachary Cooper

Chattanooga’s alternative weekly newspaper, The Pulse, turns 10 this year. In the last decade, the paper has covered the city’s arts and culture scene, been subpoenaed for an investigative story, and even made a foray into radio. In this segment, publisher Zachary Cooper talks about ten years of The Pulse.

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Fri December 7, 2012
The Early Stages

Southtree Co-Founder Advises 'How To Bootstrap Your Startup'

Adam Boeselager is the co-founder of the Chattanooga-based company Southtree.
Credit Courtesy of Adam Boeselager

An interview with Adam Boeselager

When Adam Boeselager was at Lee University, he and his friend Nick Macco decided to start a business converting old home videos and audio recordings into digital files.  Now, three years later, their company Southtree has created more than a million DVDs for customers all over the country.

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Tue December 4, 2012
Animal Abuse

Suspected Dog Fighting Operation Discovered In Tennessee

Animal Rescue Corps president Scotlund Haisley holds a dog found at a suspected dog fighting operation in Ashland City, TN.
Credit Amiee Stubbs / Animal Rescue Corps

An interview with Scotlund Haisley

On Thanksgiving evening this year, there was a brush fire in Ashland City, Tennessee, which is about 20 miles west of Nashville. When the firefighters arrived, they found something in the woods they weren't expecting: about 60 dogs chained up at a suspected dog fighting operation.

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Fri November 30, 2012
Hitting Home

How Would The Fiscal Cliff Affect Chattanooga?

Broken sidewalks. Dilapidated houses. Leaky roofs.

Those are some of the things that the city has traditionally been able to help fix with funds from the federal government. But if we go over the fiscal cliff, that could change. In this segment, we take a look at some of the ways that big cuts from the federal government could affect life in Chattanooga.

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Thu November 29, 2012
Food & Health

Lose Gluten, Lose Weight? Not Exactly.

A gluten-free diet may help people shed pounds, but not because gluten is inherently fattening.  In this segment, experts explain why.  We also talk about two new gluten-free food options in Chattanooga: Mimi's Low Carb Market and Crave Café and Bakery.

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Thu November 29, 2012
Shoes That Look New

They Call Me Dr. Shine

Arthur Ballanger, also known as
Credit Mary Helen Miller / WUTC

At Kenton Shoe Shop on Broad Street, shoes are repaired in the back of the store. But up front in the window, Arthur Ballanger puts on the final touches – he scrubs and polishes the repaired shoes. And he works on other shoes that just need a good clean. He says, no matter how dirty a pair of shoes looks, he'll never turn them down.

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Tue November 27, 2012
Contemplation On Taxation

Is Online Shopping Really Tax-Free In TN?

We asked our listeners a question on our Facebook page recently: Are you planning to shop online for Cyber Monday? One person who responded said: "Yup! Tennessee is still tax free online."

We knew this wasn't quite true. But what exactly is the law in Tennessee about paying taxes for online purchases? Does it matter if you break it? Billy Trout, from Tennessee's Department of Revenue, gives his two cents.

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