Michael Edward Miller http://wutc.org en Consumer Watch's Ellen Phillips Is In Your Corner http://wutc.org/post/consumer-watchs-ellen-phillips-your-corner <p></p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:11:54 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40694 at http://wutc.org Consumer Watch's Ellen Phillips Is In Your Corner Book News: A 'Treasure' Of Thrilling Westerns from Tim Champlin http://wutc.org/post/book-news-treasure-thrilling-westerns-tim-champlin <p></p><p>Chattanooga-area author <a href="https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Tarbaby">Tim Champlin's</a> first few novels were published in the early 1980s.&nbsp; Writing mainly Westerns, he's now penned more than thirty-five books.&nbsp; In this extended interview, he discusses his long career.&nbsp; Many of his novels originally published in paperback or hardcover are being re-issued as e-books.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:36:43 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40646 at http://wutc.org Book News: A 'Treasure' Of Thrilling Westerns from Tim Champlin Janisse Ray’s ‘The Seed Underground’ Explains Startling Loss of Seed Diversity http://wutc.org/post/janisse-ray-s-seed-underground-explains-startling-loss-seed-diversity <p></p><p>“[I]n the last one hundred years,” <a href="http://janisseray.weebly.com/">Janisse Ray</a> writes in <em>The Seed Underground</em><em>: A Growing Revolution to Save Food</em>, “94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”</p><p>Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished, and how this loss could pose serious environmental dangers.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:11:06 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40439 at http://wutc.org Janisse Ray’s ‘The Seed Underground’ Explains Startling Loss of Seed Diversity Supernatural Suspense for Young Shapeshifters in 'Island of Fog' Series http://wutc.org/post/supernatural-suspense-young-shapeshifters-island-fog-series <p></p><p><a href="http://www.unearthlytales.com/">Keith Robinson's <em>Island of Fog</em> series</a> first launched in 2009.&nbsp; Aimed at children ages 9 and up, the books have found a following among adult sci-fi/fantasy fans as well.</p><p>The protagonist, Hal Franklin, is a twelve-year-old shapeshifter who can turn into a dragon.&nbsp; Along with his friends, he must keep an uneasy peace between humans and mythical creatures such as dragons, ogres, and centaurs.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:48:31 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40285 at http://wutc.org Supernatural Suspense for Young Shapeshifters in 'Island of Fog' Series VW Chattanooga Not Only Gets New SUV; Also Gets New Research Center http://wutc.org/post/vw-chattanooga-not-only-gets-new-suv-also-gets-new-research-center <p></p><p>Saying that the United States "is and will remain one of the most important markets for Volkswagen," officials at Volkswagen announced that the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant will assemble the company's new midsize, seven-passenger SUV.&nbsp; About $600 million will be invested in new production, and 2,000 new jobs are expected to be added.</p><p>"This is also a strong signal for the US as an industrial and automobile production location," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in a prepared statement.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:41:00 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40215 at http://wutc.org VW Chattanooga Not Only Gets New SUV; Also Gets New Research Center Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different http://wutc.org/post/heres-why-uaw-thinks-new-push-chattanooga-will-be-different <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The United Auto Workers' newest local union is forming in Chattanooga with workers from the same plant where the UAW was rejected earlier this year. &nbsp;Called UAW Local 42, it's UAW’s latest effort to organize in the South.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In February, the UAW tried to unionize the entire VW Chattanooga auto plant, with cooperation from the company itself. &nbsp;That bid was rejected in a 712-626 vote.&nbsp; But UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary </span>Casteel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he believes this renewed effort will succeed.</span></p><p>"The main reason," Casteel says, "I think, is because there's no election involved here. &nbsp;There's no opportunity for third-party interference."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the UAW’s original bid to unionize the plant, Senator Bob Corker and other conservative politicians had weighed in, urging workers to reject the union.&nbsp; Formation of this new local union doesn’t require a vote—just signatures from 15 employees.&nbsp; But it also lacks official recognition from Volkswagen.&nbsp; If the local union grows to represent the entire VW Chattanooga workforce, it would be the first foreign-owned auto plant to unionize in the South.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many questions remain: is this new union a step toward a German-style works council at the plant? &nbsp;What, if anything, does this have to do with the new SUV that may be produced at the plant? &nbsp;This audio features excerpts from the press conference and analysis from Chloe Morrison, a reporter at our news partner <a href="http://www.nooga.com/167126/uaw-forms-local-chapter-vows-to-work-toward-works-council/">Nooga.com.</a></span></p><p><strong>UPDATE 7/11/14 at 1:30 p.m.: Senator Bob Corker's office has responded to the UAW annoucement.</strong></p><p><strong>“There has been some confusion about what happened yesterday related to the UAW’s announcement that they are opening an office in Chattanooga and its impact on Volkswagen's expansion considerations,” said Todd Womack, Corker’s chief of staff, in a prepared statement. “The fact is, nothing happened. Any union can rent space in any city and open an office. Volkswagen made it very clear in their statement that they have no agreement whatsoever with the UAW."</strong></p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:17:23 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40108 at http://wutc.org Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different Almost Complete: A New 'Choo-Choo' Music Video http://wutc.org/post/almost-complete-new-choo-choo-music-video <p>Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele are working on <a href="http://chattachoochoo.weebly.com/">an ambitious project:</a> they want to record a new version of the famous song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and release a music video for the song.&nbsp; Last year, they sought<a href="http://wutc.org/post/support-sought-new-chattanooga-choo-choo"> Kickstarter funding</a> for the project.&nbsp; They met that goal, but need additional support to finish the video editing and music recording.&nbsp;</p><p>Landon Steele joins us to talk about the project.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:36:00 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40056 at http://wutc.org Almost Complete: A New 'Choo-Choo' Music Video Did Cleveland, TN Really Redefine 'Mile High Club' With $42 Million in Pork? http://wutc.org/post/did-cleveland-tn-really-redefine-mile-high-club-42-million-pork <p>The Beacon Center of Tennessee's<a href="http://www.beacontn.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-Pork-Report-Final-Version.pdf"> 2014 Pork Report</a> roasts government spending that the center claims is wasteful, including $42 million for a private jetport in Cleveland, Tennessee.</p><p>"Apparently," the report says, "Cleveland officials felt our well-to-do comrades should not be relegated to commuting with the common folk from the Chattanooga airport."</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:25:13 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40007 at http://wutc.org City of Chattanooga Pipe Band on a Winning Streak http://wutc.org/post/city-chattanooga-pipe-band-winning-streak <p>The bagpipe players and Scottish drummers in the <a href="http://www.chattanoogapipeband.org/">City of Chattanooga Pipe Band</a> have won all three competitions they've entered this year.&nbsp; Bagpipe player Diron Cundiff joins us to talk about the band's success and how the band is open to new members as well as experienced musicians.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:36:34 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40003 at http://wutc.org City of Chattanooga Pipe Band on a Winning Streak 911, Cracked & the 'End of All Magic’: A Conversation with Author Jeff Hewitt http://wutc.org/post/911-cracked-end-all-magic-conversation-author-jeff-hewitt <p></p><p> Former 911 dispatcher <a href="http://www.jeffhewitt.net/">Jeff Hewitt </a>writes fiction, humor, horror and more.&nbsp; He co-wrote an article for Cracked.com, “5 Terrible Things I Learned As A 911 Dispatcher,” which currently has more than one million page views.&nbsp; Popular horror podcasts Pseudopod dramatized his short story “Face Change,” with actor Anson Mount reading it.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:30:08 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39703 at http://wutc.org 911, Cracked & the 'End of All Magic’: A Conversation with Author Jeff Hewitt Ask A Doc: What Can I Do About Chronic Knee Pain? http://wutc.org/post/ask-doc-what-can-i-do-about-chronic-knee-pain <p> How can athletes take care of their knees and joints and prevent future problems?&nbsp; Does running cause arthritis?&nbsp; What can a person do about chronic knee pain and osteoarthritis--is a knee replacement the only option?&nbsp; Dr. Danielle Mitchell from <a href="http://www.chattanoogasportsinstitute.com/">the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health</a> joins us to discuss these topics and more.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:35:05 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39608 at http://wutc.org These ‘Urban Heroes’ Bring Arts Education to Incarcerated Hamilton County Youth http://wutc.org/post/these-urban-heroes-bring-arts-education-incarcerated-hamilton-county-youth <p>Chattanooga artists <a href="http://studioeverything.org/">Rondell Crier</a> and<a href="http://olgadeklein.com/"> Olga de Klein</a> join us to discuss their Urban Heroes project, which brings arts education and training to youth who are housed in the Hamilton County detention center.</p><p>An <a href="http://www.alliedartschattanooga.org/site/pages/home.php">ArtsBuild</a> Community Cultural Connections grant is helping to fund the project.&nbsp; From an ArtsBuild media release:</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:57:18 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39499 at http://wutc.org How Could Plastic Surgery Alleviate Migraines? And Why Are Some Neurologists Wary? http://wutc.org/post/how-could-plastic-surgery-alleviate-migraines-and-why-are-some-neurologists-wary <p>Heather Crowe’s migraines began when she was in junior high.&nbsp; The pain was blinding, and when they happened, she couldn't do anything except stay in bed.&nbsp; She suffered for years, until she became a nurse and started working for <a href="http://www.refinedlooks.com/chattanooga-plastic-surgeon-jimmy-l-waldrop-md.html">Dr. Jimmy Waldrop</a> at the Erlanger-housed Plastic Surgery Group.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:31:40 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39397 at http://wutc.org This App Could ‘Nudge’ Users Toward Healthier Lifestyles http://wutc.org/post/app-could-nudge-users-toward-healthier-lifestyles <p></p><p> Plenty of apps already exist to collect a health-conscious person’s data.&nbsp; RunKeeper, FitBit and MapMyFitness can all track how often a person takes a walk, how far he or she runs, how often he or she sleeps, and more.&nbsp; Some apps can also connect with wearables, such a smart watch that measures someone’s heart rate.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:15:02 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39110 at http://wutc.org This App Could ‘Nudge’ Users Toward Healthier Lifestyles When Dealing With A Loved One Who Has Dementia, Plan Ahead http://wutc.org/post/when-dealing-loved-one-who-has-dementia-plan-ahead <p> Susan Farmer, Director of the Senior Life Program at Parkridge Valley, joins us with advice on dealing with parents and loved ones who show signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s.&nbsp; Many families never discuss what to do if older relatives can’t remember basic information or become unable to live independently.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:58:07 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39057 at http://wutc.org