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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.
Credit Contributed photo

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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9:34am

Thu March 13, 2014
Community

Poison Prevention Is Up To You

Credit Tennessee Poison Center

The number one cause of injury deaths in the state of Tennessee is poison.  National Poison Prevention Week provides an opportunity to remind communities about what you can do to reduce accidental poisoning. 

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4:17pm

Fri March 7, 2014
Happy Birthday, Luther

Luther Masingill, 92 Years Old & Still Broadcasting

Luther Masingill, the legendary local radio personality, will celebrate his 92nd birthday on Sunday, March 9th.  Known simply as "Luther" to generations of Chattanooga listeners, he's been on the air at WDEF for more than 70 years.  In 2012, Luther was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

David Carroll posted this clip of Luther's recent appearance on Sirius XM:

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7:58am

Wed March 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Overruled: Gov. Says Kentucky Will Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Order

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 9:54 am

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear
Bill Greenblatt UPI/Landov

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says his state will hire outside counsel to appeal a federal judge's order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

The governor's announcement follows word from the state's attorney general, Jack Conway, that his office will not pursue such an appeal.

Both men are Democrats.

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3:43pm

Tue March 4, 2014
Community

UTC to Host Symposium 3/8 on Growing Native Plants in Your Garden

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, a national non-profit organization promoting the preservation of bio-diversity, is holding a symposium at UTC on Saturday, March 8th. Called “Native Plants, Natural Landscapes” the symposium, co-sponsored by UTC’s  Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, will offer information and advice from experts on improving landscapes and gardens using sustainable landscaping practices.

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11:39am

Tue March 4, 2014
Community

WTCI Wins Emmy Award for PSA

Emmy Award Winning WTCI Producer Emily Compton
Credit WTCI

WTCI worked with the Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County to create a public service announcement (PSA) encouraging people to take a stand against child abuse. 

Interview with Emily Compton

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1:31pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Religion

Pastor Jamie Coots Remembered As More Than A Serpent Handler

The Chattanooga Times Free Press published 'Even Unto Death,' a special report on serpent handling in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Serpent-handling Kentucky pastor Jamie Coots recently died from a rattlesnake bite.  Coots, who starred in the National Geographic show "Snake Salvation," was credited with helping put the long-hidden practice of serpent handling in the limelight.

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