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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.