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WTCI DEBUTS NEW GREATER CHATTANOOGA EPISODE “UNSURE TENNESSEE”


“Unsure Tennessee,” a new installment in the Greater Chattanooga series, premiered online Tuesday, June 9th  and explores the complex questions and issues surrounding Insure Tennessee.  PBS is celebrated as America’s most trusted organization and WTCI has been serving families in the Tennessee Valley for over 40 years, providing engaging and educational programming and outreach.  Enjoy the episode online here.

All of the noise surrounding Insure Tennessee drowned out many of the details behind Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to expand health coverage.  WTCI talked to some of the key players to get to the bottom of the plan and this film, narrated by producer Bo Wheeler, looks at it through the perspectives of Darin Gordon, one of the plan’s architects; Senator Todd Gardenhire, key opposition to the plan; COO of BlueCross BlueShield and former head of TennCare J.D. Hickey; and Kate Belz, health reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.  “Unsure Tennessee” guides viewers through the many sides of the story, identifying what was important to the legislative process and introducing a Bledsoe County man living without health insurance as he continues to make contributions to his community.

Greater Chattanooga is a short film series that explores the people and ideas that make us all more aware, happier, and stronger as a community.  Viewers can find these online videos both through wtciTV.org and, greaterchattanooga.org as well as watching on-the-go with phones, computers and tablets via YouTube, Facebook and the websites.  At home our viewers can also enjoy these films on their HD televisions using products like Apple TV and Roku and the free, easy-to-use PBS app. 

WTCI broadcast viewers enjoy interstitials that preview these stories throughout the on-air schedule, followed by a message directing them to see the complete films online at greaterchattanooga.org. On July 24th at 8:30 PM, several of these short films will be a part of a half-hour broadcast.  Monthly, viewers can tune in on-air to the broadcast to see a variety of topics addressed, including arts and culture, business and news & public affairs.  

Since the February series debut, Greater Chattanooga has explored fascinating stories of innovation, entrepreneurial vision, history and culture from around the Tennessee Valley.  “Blood Assurance is proud to support WTCI’s series, Greater Chattanooga, that tells the stories of this area,” said Blood Assurance’s VP of Marketing, Charlie Callari.  “Just as we connect donors to recipients, so does this series connect people through the power of storytelling.” 

WTCI serves over 400,000 households in 35 counties across our region, educating, engaging and inspiring exploration through trusted, quality programming and community and education outreach. This series is made possible by support from sponsors, including Blood Assurance, EPB Fiber Optics and the local office of UBS Financial Services.  Please visit greaterchattanooga.org or contact Shaun Townley at 423.702.7821 for information about supporting the series. 

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