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.



Fri November 30, 2012
Hitting Home

How Would The Fiscal Cliff Affect Chattanooga?

Broken sidewalks. Dilapidated houses. Leaky roofs.

Those are some of the things that the city has traditionally been able to help fix with funds from the federal government. But if we go over the fiscal cliff, that could change. In this segment, we take a look at some of the ways that big cuts from the federal government could affect life in Chattanooga.

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Thu November 29, 2012
Shoes That Look New

They Call Me Dr. Shine

Arthur Ballanger, also known as
Credit Mary Helen Miller / WUTC

At Kenton Shoe Shop on Broad Street, shoes are repaired in the back of the store. But up front in the window, Arthur Ballanger puts on the final touches – he scrubs and polishes the repaired shoes. And he works on other shoes that just need a good clean. He says, no matter how dirty a pair of shoes looks, he'll never turn them down.

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Tue November 27, 2012
Contemplation On Taxation

Is Online Shopping Really Tax-Free In TN?

We asked our listeners a question on our Facebook page recently: Are you planning to shop online for Cyber Monday? One person who responded said: "Yup! Tennessee is still tax free online."

We knew this wasn't quite true. But what exactly is the law in Tennessee about paying taxes for online purchases? Does it matter if you break it? Billy Trout, from Tennessee's Department of Revenue, gives his two cents.

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Mon November 19, 2012
Brains For Dinner!

Couple Writes Book For The 'Little Undead'

Illustrator Scott Brundage has created a few of the images for the book so far.

Dan and Amelia Jacobs are newlyweds and co-authors of an unusual children's book. It's called A Brain Is For Eating, and they say it's written "for zombies and their little undead." They've written the book and gotten the first few pictures from the illustrator. Now, they're trying to use Kickstarter to finish the project.

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Wed November 14, 2012

Finding The Right Dog For The Part

Emmy McKenzie, who is playing Annie, poses here with Dudley, a dog who has been standing in for Sandy.

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is putting on Annie next month and there's one character left to cast – Sandy, the dog. The theater center held auditions this week for the part of Annie's fluffy friend, and the competition was stiff. 

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Mon November 12, 2012
This Little Piggy

How The Sausage Is Made: A Visit To Link 41

Tom Montague and Trae Moore started the local meat company Link 41 to connect urban Chattanooga with its surrounding farms. The business has been open for about two years now on Main Street. 

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Mon November 12, 2012
Older And Wiser

Pet Placement Center Pushes Senior Pet Adoption

This month, the  Pet Placement Center is offering a reduced adoption fee for dogs and cats that are at least 7-years-old.  In this segment, executive director Kerry Moyers-Horton introduces a couple of a the older animals at the no-kill shelter on Dayton Boulevard.

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Thu November 8, 2012
Sock Drive

'Box of Sox' Collecting Donations For New Jersey Rescue Workers

Chattanoogan Stephanie Steiman is originally from Toms River, New Jersey, one of the places devastated by super storm Sandy. She's collecting socks to send to the rescue workers in New Jersey, and she's calling the relief effort "Box of Sox."

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Wed November 7, 2012
Heavy Lifting

Towing Hall of Fame Honors Unusual Heroes

A tow truck from the early 20th century is on display at the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga.
Credit Mary Helen Miller / WUTC

Halls of fame tend to be for athletes and performers. Our cultural heroes. But not so in Chattanooga. Here, there's a place that honors a group in a far more practical line of work: tow truck operators. The newest class in the hall of fame was just inducted. 

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Tue November 6, 2012
New On South Willow St.

Amani Brings Handmade African Goods To Chattanooga

A women's clutch is on display at the Amani warehouse on South Willow Street.
Credit Mary Helen Miller / WUTC

A non-profit that has branches in five African countries and Washington, D.C., has opened its doors in Chattanooga. Amani chose Chattanooga's Ridgedale neighborhood as the location for its U.S. distribution center.

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Mon November 5, 2012
Urban Design

Bigger Payoff For Downtown Investments, Says Minicozzi

Chattanooga could be making more money in tax revenue if it concentrated on developing downtown more, says Joe Minicozzi. He's an Asheville-based consultant who looked at Chattanooga's urban design and how much money it makes in tax from different properties. River City Company commissioned the study and has made it available to the public.

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Mon October 29, 2012
Ode To Joy

Eloise Litz Loves Life As A 'Clown' and 'Crackpot'

Eloise Litz is a 92-year-old motivational speaker. She's also a dedicated volunteer at WUTC' s membership campaigns. While she was at the station during the most recent pledge drive, she stepped back into the studio for a chat.

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Tue October 2, 2012
Step Right Up

Musicians, Drag Queens, Poets All Fair Game At 'Open Floor'

Once a month, there's an eclectic lineup of performances at Barking Legs Theater. The series is called Wide Open Floor, and almost anything goes -- dancing, poetry, comedy, music. The next show is Friday at 8 p.m.

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Wed September 26, 2012
Mountain Music

Folk School Of Chattanooga Settles Into Southside

The Folk School of Chattanooga's new location is on Rossville Avenue, in the former Ignis Glass Studio.
Mary Helen Miller WUTC

The Folk School of Chattanooga moved from Forest Avenue to Rossville Avenue over the summer. The new space lends itself to private lessons and impromptu jam sessions.

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Wed September 26, 2012
Large And In Charge

At Humane Society, Cat Without Eyes Is 'King'

There are rooms and rooms full of animals at the humane educational society in Chattanooga, but there's one animal who enjoys an especially cushy life. He's Bumper, the office cat, and the staff at the Humane Society says he runs the place.

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