Michael Edward Miller http://wutc.org en A Look at 'A Life,' as Chattanooga's First Major Film Festival Begins http://wutc.org/post/look-life-chattanoogas-first-major-film-festival-begins <p></p><p>The inaugural <a href="http://www.chattanoogafilmfest.com/">Chattanooga Film Festival</a> kicked off with a music documentary, <a href="http://joemeekdoc.com">"A Life in the Death of Joe Meek."</a>&nbsp; WUTC's Rachel Smith attended the film's premiere and a Q&amp;A with producer Howard S. Berger.&nbsp; In this segment, Smith explains why the film was a perfect choice for the first-ever major film festival to happen in the Scenic City.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:24:38 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 35714 at http://wutc.org A Look at 'A Life,' as Chattanooga's First Major Film Festival Begins Here Are 5 Must-See Movies at the Chattanooga Film Fest http://wutc.org/post/here-are-5-must-see-movies-chattanooga-film-fest <p>Chris Dortch, director of the first-ever <a href="http://www.chattanoogafilmfest.com/">Chattanooga Film Festival, </a>joins us to discuss a few highlights among the 50+ films being screened between April 3rd and April 6th.</p><p>Here are five must-see movies mentioned in the interview:</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:56:54 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 35429 at http://wutc.org Here Are 5 Must-See Movies at the Chattanooga Film Fest Affordable Care Deadline Approaches; Medicaid Gap May Hinder Enrollees http://wutc.org/post/affordable-care-deadline-approaches-medicaid-gap-may-hinder-enrollees <p>Tennessee has about 890,000 residents who are uninsured and eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/secretary/deputy/">Bill Corr,</a> Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.</p><p>"For these people," Corr says, it’s "extremely important" to sign up.&nbsp; People who miss the deadline may have to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/11/230851737/faq-understanding-the-health-insurance-mandate-and-penalties-for-going-uninsured">pay a penalty.</a></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:07:51 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 35218 at http://wutc.org Affordable Care Deadline Approaches; Medicaid Gap May Hinder Enrollees Tennessee Ranks #1 In High Sales Tax http://wutc.org/post/tennessee-ranks-1-high-sales-tax <p></p><p>At 9.45%, Tennessee has the highest combined average state and local sales tax rate, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan <a href="http://taxfoundation.org/blog/combined-state-and-average-local-sales-tax-rates">Tax Foundation</a> think tank.&nbsp; In this segment, WUTC's Michael Edward Miller speaks with Scott Drenkard, a Tax Foundation economist, about the reason why the foundation collects and publicizes this information.&nbsp; They also discuss the oft-touted claim that in Tennessee, the sales tax is high, but it's offset by low income tax.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:50:36 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 35114 at http://wutc.org Tennessee Ranks #1 In High Sales Tax Chattanooga Photojournalist Gardner Will Document Kenyan Refugees http://wutc.org/post/chattanooga-photojournalist-gardner-will-document-kenyan-refugees <p></p><p></p><p>Molly Gardner plans to fly to Nairobi, Kenya this summer to meet women who create goods for the fair-trade nonprofit <a href="http://www.amaniafrica.org/">Amani ya Juu,</a> which helps refugee women earn a living by creating clothing and other goods.</p><p>Gardner, a Chattanooga photographer and artist, works as the event coordinator for the <a href="http://www.amaniafrica.org/chattanooga-our-story">Amani distribution center here in Chattanooga.</a></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:31:10 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 35113 at http://wutc.org Chattanooga Photojournalist Gardner Will Document Kenyan Refugees BREAKING: UAW Revote Hearing Rescheduled to 4/21 http://wutc.org/post/breaking-uaw-revote-hearing-rescheduled-421 <p>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.&nbsp; The hearing was originally scheduled for April 7.</p><p>However, according to a NLRB spokesperson, the hearing has now been rescheduled to April 21st.</p><p>We'll have more details as they become available.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:02:40 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 35111 at http://wutc.org Closed Door Entertainment Performs 'Titanic' (the Musical) 4/11 & 4/12 http://wutc.org/post/closed-door-entertainment-performs-titanic-musical-411-412 <p><a href="http://www.cdoorent.com/">Closed Door Entertainment</a> is performing <a href="http://www.cdoorent.com/#!titanic-the-musical/c14k5">the musical <em>Titanic</em>, </a>which features an ensemble cast, an elaborate set and Tony Award-winning songs.&nbsp; Although the musical premiered on Broadway in 1997, the same year as James Cameron's film, the musical is not related to the film.&nbsp; Unlike the film, the musical focuses on real, historical people who boarded the doomed ship.</p><p>This segment features excerpts from the songs and a conversation with cast members.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:47:14 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 35063 at http://wutc.org Local Infant Mortality Rates Decrease, But African-Americans Still Disproportionately Affected http://wutc.org/post/local-infant-mortality-rates-decrease-african-americans-still-disproportionately-affected <p>According to the <a href="http://healthychattanoogakids.blogspot.com/">Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley</a>, our region's children are among the unhealthiest in Tennessee and the nation.&nbsp; One reason for that is our high rate of infant mortality.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; This is true both in Hamilton County and <a href="http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/content.aspx?ID=3021" Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:43:59 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 34786 at http://wutc.org Ask the Doc: Should I Eat Backwards? http://wutc.org/post/ask-doc-should-i-eat-backwards <p>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.&nbsp; But Dr. Danielle Mitchell recommends turning that pattern backwards, and eating the most calories at breakfast.</p><p>Dr. Mitchell founded the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chattanoogasportsinstitute">Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health.</a>&nbsp; She joins WUTC's Michael Edward Miller to talk about eating and exercise in this interview, part of our regular "Ask the Doc" series.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:03:39 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 34785 at http://wutc.org Ocowassee Festival Features Dozens of Free Outdoor Activities 3/28 – 3/30 http://wutc.org/post/ocowassee-festival-features-dozens-free-outdoor-activities-328-330 <p>The first-ever <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/134776803359717/">Ocowassee Festival </a>starts March 28<sup>th</sup> and offers a wide selection of free, family-friendly outdoor activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, bird watching, orienteering and more.&nbsp; In this interview, WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller discusses festival highlights with Tennessee State Park Ranger Angelo Giansante from the <a href="http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/hiwassee-ocoee">Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park.</a></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:17:43 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 34698 at http://wutc.org Chattanooga Native Bill Dedman Co-Authors ‘Empty Mansions’ Bestseller http://wutc.org/post/chattanooga-native-bill-dedman-co-authors-empty-mansions-bestseller <p></p><p></p><p><strong>MEET THE AUTHOR: Bill Dedman will be in Chattanooga on Tuesday, March 11<sup>th</sup> to sign books and give a presentation at the <a href="http://chattanoogawritersguild.org/">Chattanooga Writer’s Guild</a> Meeting.&nbsp; <a href="http://events.chattanooganow.com/event/39679/chattanooga-writers39-guild-meeting-with-bill-dedman/">The event </a>is free and open to the public, and will take place 6:30pm – 8pm at the Chattanooga Public Library downtown.</strong></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 34461 at http://wutc.org Chattanooga Native Bill Dedman Co-Authors ‘Empty Mansions’ Bestseller What Frank Tavares, the ‘Voice of NPR,’ is Doing Today http://wutc.org/post/what-frank-tavares-voice-npr-doing-today <p></p><p>For three decades, Frank Tavares was one of the most-heard voices on NPR stations.&nbsp; He’s the one who voiced NPR’s underwriting credits—those short “Support comes from….” statements that appear during shows like Morning Edition and All Things Considered.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:42:32 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 34442 at http://wutc.org What Frank Tavares, the ‘Voice of NPR,’ is Doing Today Pastor Jamie Coots Remembered As More Than A Serpent Handler http://wutc.org/post/pastor-jamie-coots-remembered-more-serpent-handler <p></p><p>Serpent-handling Kentucky pastor <a href="http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/feb/18/hundreds-attend-funeral-famed-serpent-handling-pas/">Jamie Coots recently died</a> from a rattlesnake bite.&nbsp; Coots, who starred in the National Geographic show <a href="http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/snake-salvation/">"Snake Salvation,"</a> was credited with helping put the long-hidden practice of serpent handling in the limelight.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:31:06 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 34245 at http://wutc.org Pastor Jamie Coots Remembered As More Than A Serpent Handler Why Kjerstin Gruys Shunned Mirrors For A Year http://wutc.org/post/why-kjerstin-gruys-shunned-mirrors-year <p></p><p>Six months before her wedding, Kjerstin Gruys decided to do something that surprised her friends and family: she vowed to quit looking at herself in the mirror.&nbsp; For a year, she avoided her own reflection… and even on her wedding day, getting ready, she wouldn’t look at herself.&nbsp; By avoiding her reflection, she challenged her ideas and society's ideas about beauty.</p><p>She blogged about the experience, which garnered national attention, and then wrote a book.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:05:04 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 34178 at http://wutc.org Why Kjerstin Gruys Shunned Mirrors For A Year Does Southern Lit Include Florida? And Other Tangents With Tim Dorsey http://wutc.org/post/does-southern-lit-include-florida-and-other-tangents-tim-dorsey <p></p><p></p><p><em>“Ninety percent of our existence is tangents. So tangents are actually the real plot. But even more importantly, if you avoid a tangent you normally would have taken, you could create a rip in the quantum fabric of the universe”.&nbsp; –Serge Storms</em></p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:33:22 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 33919 at http://wutc.org Does Southern Lit Include Florida? And Other Tangents With Tim Dorsey