WTCI To Broadcast Hamilton County School Board Debate July 12

Monday, June 18, 2018

WTCI will broadcast Hamilton County School Board debates on Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m.  Eyewitness News anchor Greg Glover will moderate the debate presented by the Chattanooga Downtown Lions Club and WTCI, the community PBS station serving the Tennessee Valley. 

Candidates competing in Districts 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9 will debate in front of a live audience at the WTCI Studio at 7540 Bonnyshire Dr. and the broadcast will air on WTCI at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12.  An encore broadcast will air on Sunday, July 15, at 1 p.m.

The community has focused its attention on the link between quality education and economic prosperity and WTCI officials said it is pleased to broadcast this event on-air with these candidates.

In District 3 incumbent Joe Smith will face challenger Miracle Hurley.  Karitsa Mosely Jones, the District 5 incumbent and board’s vice chairwoman, will debate challenger Anne Pierre and in District 6 the incumbent, Joe Galloway, is not running to keep his seat and candidates Michael Henry and Jenny Hill are competing.  District 8 incumbent David Testerman will face challenger Tucker McClendon and board chairman Steve Highlander will face contender D’Andre Anderson in the District 9 race. 

“PBS is America’s largest classroom and at WTCI we take this responsibility to heart," said Paul Grove, WTCI president and CEO. "In 2016, WTCI televised Hamilton County School Board debates for the first time in our community’s history and we are honored to join the Chattanooga Downtown Lions Club in continuing this important conversation.

Questions will be collected from the public via email at, on WTCI social media platforms and from co-presenting organizations and partners. Special thanks to the corporate sponsors and underwriters; including the Chattanooga Lions Club for their support of this broadcast. Lions Club officials said, “The Chattanooga Lions Clubs and our contributing sponsors, in the spirit of promoting the principles of good government and good citizenship within the community, are pleased to help provide a forum for the open discussion of important matters of public interest, which we see as part of that goal.”



Hxson High School Alumni Association Hosts Annual Homecoming Tailgate

The Hixson High School Alumni Association will be hosting their annual homecoming tailgate cookout this Friday from 5:30-7 p.m.   All alumni, current and former faculty are invited to attend.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soft drinks will be served. "The meal is free, but we welcome donations to the scholarship fund. This year our tailgate is in honor of ... (click for more)

East Ridge Middle, Loftis Middle and McConnell Elementary Among Only 65 Schools In The State At Level 5 In All Subjects

East Ridge Middle, Loftis Middle and McConnell Elementary are three schools in the community in select company in Tennessee.  All three not only scored a composite Level 5, the highest level of student growth in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, but also scored Level 5 in all individual subject areas.  There were just 65 schools across 36 districts in ... (click for more)

Farrow, Waldens Are Newest Lead Donors For Medal Of Honor Heritage Center Capital Campaign

Officials of the Medal of Honor Heritage Center on Tuesday announced the center has reached a major milestone in its agreement with River City Company to build the new Heritage Center at the former Visitors Center building in the Aquarium Plaza.  This milestone, to raise more than $3 million by the end of 2018, was made possible, in part, by a $250,000 gift from Farrow Family ... (click for more)

2 Bank Tellers Say They Are Positive Walter Rice Was Gunman Who Robbed Hixson Branch

Two tellers from the Hixson branch of the Bank of America testified Tuesday they are positive that Walter Frank Rice is the individual who robbed them at gunpoint last July 25. General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom bound a bank robbery charge against Rice, 36, of 4734 Sabrina Lane, Hixson, to the Grand Jury. She raised his bond on the bank robbery charge to $250,000, calling ... (click for more)

Opioid Questions

I see now Governor Bredesen is running ads criticizing Rep. Blackburn for her support of the opioid bill. I do not know enough about opioids to offer an educated opinion but I am pretty good in math. When the bill came up for a vote every Democrat in the House and Senate voted for approval. In addition, Eric Holder's DOJ signed off on it. Obama's DEA signed off on it and the President ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 2018 Ig Nobel Awards

The word ‘ignobel’ is rarely used because only a few among us know that it means "characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness." About 30 years ago, a glorious group of great scholars took a literary hatchet to form the word into ‘ig nobel’ so it could be placed in the dictionary as a term that means “a satirical social criticism that identifies absurd research.” Think of ... (click for more)