Mary Helen Miller

Feature News Producer

Mary Helen Miller was a producer for Around and About from 2012 to 2013.  She now works at the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.

She's also worked in print journalism in New England and Washington, D.C., for few years, and she is a graduate of  Bowdoin College and Girls Preparatory School. She learned to produce radio stories at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Mass.



Tue February 12, 2013
Uncorking The Past

Why Tennessee Has Weird Wine Laws

Credit Brian Auer, Creative Commons

The majority of states allow grocery and food stores to sell wine.  Not Tennessee.  Here in the Volunteer State, liquor stores alone can sell packaged wine.  In this segment, WUTC examines the history and rationale behind this law.  WUTC also explores current debates about changing it.

Read more


Fri February 8, 2013
3D Printing in Chattanooga

A New Dimension

A 3D printer at Co.Lab prints a part that will improve its own function.
Credit Mary Helen Miller / WUTC

While still far from the mainstream, a handful of 3D printers have popped up around town. The Company Lab, a non-profit that helps businesses start in Chattanooga, acquired a printer at the beginning of the year. We stopped by to see what all the buzz was about.

Read more


Wed February 6, 2013
Legal News

Tennessee’s Much-Maligned Statutory Rape Law Under Scrutiny

In Tennessee, when a teenager is the victim of statutory rape, the law could consider the teenager an accomplice in the crime.  Some people are outraged over this law, which dates back to 1895.  In this segment, WUTC explains what the law really means and why it's been on the books so long.

Read more


Mon February 4, 2013
DIY Earth Pigments

Before Painting, She Makes the Paint

Amanda Brazier makes paint by grinding together oil and pigment.
Amanda Brazier

For artist Amanda Brazier, making a painting starts with a trip out to the backyard to gather soil that she can turn into paint. She says that using homemade colors like "Red Bank Red" and "Chickamauga Gold" add to the narrative of her paintings.

Read more


Tue January 29, 2013
A New Kind of Public Library

Transformation at the Top

Participants in the Digital Public Library of America's first Appfest work on the 4th floor at the Chattanooga Public Library.
Credit Mary Barnett / Chattanooga Public Library

Until recently, the top floor at the Chattanooga Public Library was used for storage space. There’s still a part sectioned off for storage, but now, the rest is wide open and ready for new things. It’s mostly being used as an event space right now, but assistant director Nate Hill has big ideas for the 4th floor.

Read more


Wed January 23, 2013
On Human Nature

Author of 'Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You' to Speak at UTC

Augustin Fuentes, professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame
Credit Courtesy of the University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame Professor Augustin Fuentes will deliver a lecture at UTC tomorrow called “It’s Not All Sex and Violence.” 

The lecture is scheduled from 2p.m. to 4p.m. on January 24 at the University Center Auditorium at UTC.

Read more


Tue January 22, 2013
Packing Heat

How do you carry?

Credit Ryan Wilkinson

Tennessee is big on gun ownership. But how many people actually own guns, and how many carry them on a regular basis? Does the guy behind you in the checkout line at the grocery store have one under his coat?

In this segment, we take a look at how common it is to carry a weapon in Tennessee, and the sometimes unusual places people like to keep them.

Read more


Wed January 16, 2013
Pink Tie Event

'Pink!' Gala to Raise Funds For Local Breast Cancer Centers

Credit Courtesy of Memorial Health Care System

The eighth annual Pink! gala is scheduled for February 2, 2013, at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Tickets are available online or by calling (423) 495-PINK (7465).

Read more


Tue January 15, 2013
Wielding Power

Next Crop of Electric Linemen Train in Trenton, GA

Students at the Southeast Lineman Training Center in Trenton, GA, look on as one student practices making a repair at the top of a pole.
Credit Mary Helen Miller / WUTC

The Southeast Lineman Training Center opened in Trenton, GA, in 2000 to train new electric power workers. Since then, enrollment has grown with the demand for training.

Read more


Fri December 21, 2012
World Ends Today. Maybe.

How To Survive A Zombie Outbreak In The South

Jennifer Nicholas, the head of Atlanta's Zombie Outbreak Response Team, poses here with a monster.
Credit Courtesy of Jennifer Nicholas

How do you prepare for the end of the world? Well, it depends on how the world ends. Here at WUTC, we thought that a zombie outbreak is as likely as anything else. So, we called up Jennifer Nicholas, the head of Atlanta's Zombie Outbreak Response Team, to ask for some advice.

Read more


Thu December 20, 2012
On Duty

Are Constables A Liability, Or Crucial To Law Enforcement?

Credit Courtesy of

In many Tennessee counties, constables are a lot like regular police officers, but with a few major differences: They get paid very little, if anything, are required to have very little training, and don't have a superior.

Read more


Tue December 18, 2012

For Sibyl Carmichael, Work Is Just Icing On The Cake

Sybil Carmichael decorates wedding cakes at the Sugar Shoppe in East Brainerd. She also teaches cake decorating classes there.

Read more


Tue December 11, 2012
Extra! Extra!

The Chattanooga Pulse Turns Ten

Zachary Cooper is the publisher of The Chattanooga Pulse.
Credit Josh Wool / Courtesy of Zachary Cooper

Chattanooga’s alternative weekly newspaper, The Pulse, turns 10 this year. In the last decade, the paper has covered the city’s arts and culture scene, been subpoenaed for an investigative story, and even made a foray into radio. In this segment, publisher Zachary Cooper talks about ten years of The Pulse.

Read more


Fri December 7, 2012
The Early Stages

Southtree Co-Founder Advises 'How To Bootstrap Your Startup'

Adam Boeselager is the co-founder of the Chattanooga-based company Southtree.
Credit Courtesy of Adam Boeselager

When Adam Boeselager was at Lee University, he and his friend Nick Macco decided to start a business converting old home videos and audio recordings into digital files.  Now, three years later, their company Southtree has created more than a million DVDs for customers all over the country.

Read more


Tue December 4, 2012
Animal Abuse

Suspected Dog Fighting Operation Discovered In Tennessee

Animal Rescue Corps president Scotlund Haisley holds a dog found at a suspected dog fighting operation in Ashland City, TN.
Credit Amiee Stubbs / Animal Rescue Corps

On Thanksgiving evening this year, there was a brush fire in Ashland City, Tennessee, which is about 20 miles west of Nashville. When the firefighters arrived, they found something in the woods they weren't expecting: about 60 dogs chained up at a suspected dog fighting operation.

Read more