Longtime local news anchor Calvin Sneed will join the WRCB team for a short time to substitute for LaTrice Currie, who continues to heal after a medical emergency on August 25.

Sneed retired from WTVC in 2016. Since then, he has stayed busy writing two books about his lifelong hobby of photographing bridges and speaking at events across Tennessee.

“LaTrice has been a member of the WRCB family for 24 years and fills numerous roles,” said News Director Callie Starnes. “Not only is she a leader in our newsroom, but she also anchors multiple newscasts a day, hosts a weekly public affairs program and reports throughout the week on health issues in the Tennessee Valley.”

“LaTrice is a bright spot in our newsroom and we cannot wait to have her back, but we want to give her the time she needs to make a full recovery first,” said Starnes. “Calvin is familiar with the Chattanooga market and has graciously agreed to take a break from retirement to help Channel 3 and his friend, LaTrice.”

Channel 3 anchor LaTrice Currie

Sneed will begin his substitute role on Thursday, September 12. He will appear on an as-needed basis, working alongside David Carroll, Cindy Sexton, and Greg Glover.

“Like everyone else, I love LaTrice,” said Sneed. “She’s been a great friend for many years and it’s an honor to help in this way while she recovers.”

“We are thankful that Calvin is making himself available on short notice to help LaTrice and our news team,” said WRCB General Manager Pam Teague. “I know that our viewers will appreciate seeing a familiar face until LaTrice is ready to return.”

Longtime WRCB Anchor David Carroll, who helped make the announcement on-air, says he is excited to welcome Sneed into the newsroom. “I can’t think of anyone better qualified to blend in with our team during Latrice’s absence. His presence will allow our anchors and reporters to focus on their regular assignments.”

“We competed with Calvin for 25 years, but it was always a friendly rivalry,” added Carroll. “We are friends and everyone loves Calvin, just like everyone loves LaTrice. I'm glad he's willing to take a little time out from his bridge hunting to give us a hand.”

Sneed's broadcasting career has spanned more than four decades, starting in Chattanooga in the early 1970s.  The Kingsport, Tennessee, native later worked in Knoxville and in Columbus, Ohio, before returning to Chattanooga in 1992.  He worked as a consumer reporter and evening news anchor until his retirement.

“We are glad to be able to call upon someone with Calvin’s experience during this period and we all look forward to the day when LaTrice can return to our newsroom,” added Starnes.