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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11:03am

Tue March 20, 2012
Red Cross Month

For Two Red Cross Volunteers, Tuesday is Forever 'Alexian Day'

At Alexian Village Health and Rehabilitation Center on Signal Mountain, Tuesday is known as Red Cross Day, because it's the day when Red Cross volunteers come each week. Two of the volunteers, Winnie Rose and Grace Cantey, have been coming every week since the 1970's, and they've become close friends over the year

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10:44am

Fri March 16, 2012
Pet Party

McKamey's 'Yappy Meower' Series Benefits Homeless Cats and Pups

Beavis Cuddlesworth is one of thousands of kittens adopted from McKamey.

McKamey Animal Center on North Access Road gives medical care and shelter to animals without homes.  Executive Director Karen Walsh talks about a new, recurring fundraiser series called "Yappy Meower."  Future dates and locations include Sticky Fingers on March 19, Mia Cucina on April 6th and The Blue Plate on May 1st.  Mary Helen Miller visited McKamey to find out more about the services -- some of them quite quirky -- that McKamey offers  its animals.

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11:43am

Wed March 14, 2012
Community

'Design Girl' Spring Break Camp to Teach Girls About Fashion

Spring break is coming up for Hamilton County schools, and Girls Inc. of Chattanooga is running a camp for girls.  The manager of elementary age programs at Girls Inc., Toccora Johnson, talks about the upcoming camp.

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3:49pm

Tue March 13, 2012
Education

Afghanistan Vet and Chatype Entrepreneur among those to receive UTC business award

Seven students from UTC's College of Business recently received a John C. Stophel Distinguished student award. Mary Helen Miller talked to two of the recipients. Jonathan Mansfield graduated from the entrepreneurship program at UTC, and Michael Bennett is finishing up a degree in human resources.

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5:12pm

Wed March 7, 2012
Community

Screening is Key in Finding Colorectal Cancer

Each year, there are up to 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer in the United States. And, it kills up to 50,000 people every year. March is colorectal cancer awareness month, and Dr. Andy Lovette, a general surgeon at Memorial North Park Hospital, says that if you're at risk, screening is crucial.

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5:08pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Education

UTC's Own Copernicus?

Dr. Lin Jun Wang is a professor at UTC who believes wholeheartedly in a scientific theory he came up with. Most scientists would call him crazy, but he's on a mission to share his theory about the nature of the universe with as many people as possible.

 

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12:07pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Arts & Culture

New Homes for the Homeless Come with Art

H*ART Gallery on Main Street sells the work of unconventional artists, like homeless people, people with disabilities, and refugees. Now, the gallery is helping put some of that art into the homes of unconventional collectors, too: homeless people who are moving into a new home. Mary Helen Miller spoke with Ellen Heavilon, the executive director of H*ART Gallery, and Jamie McConnico, a seventh grader who helped start the new program.

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2:40pm

Mon February 27, 2012
A Night At The Museum

At This Southside Gallery, Enjoy the Art--From Your Bed

Miki Boni and Tom Paulsin put a lot of work into transforming an old house in the Southside District into a contemporary, comfortable art gallery. Now when visitors come, they hope they’ll enjoy the art and stay awhile. A long while. Maybe overnight or for the weekend.

2:37pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Save A Life

Blood Assurance Needs Your Blood. Now.

The blood supply in the Chattanooga area is lower than it should be, and it’s been that way all year. Blood Assurance collects blood for more than 50 health care facilities in the region. And they say that donations tend to drop off in the winter. Mary Helen Miller visited the Blood Assurance donation center and lab at the Chattanooga headquarters.  She got some first-hand insight into the blood shortage in the area.

2:33pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Arts & Culture

Planet Altered’s CAFE Grant Series Helps Teachers, Too

For the last couple of years, the Planet Altered Gallery on Chattanooga’s Southside has held fundraising events called CAFE Grant Suppers.  At these events, people pay $12 for dinner.  During the dinner, artists and creative people who could use extra money to fund their work give pitches.  People listen to the pitches, vote, and then the winning artist receives most of the money people paid for dinner–often several hundred dollars total.  It’s a way for the Southside community to gather, enjoy food and fun, and support a local artist.

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