Michael Edward Miller

Around & About Executive Producer/News Director

A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Michael Edward Miller is WUTC's News Director and the Executive Producer of Around and About Chattanooga. His favorite radio programs and podcasts include This American Life, Radiolab and Everything Is Stories. During WUTC fund drives, he looks forward to cats clawing out another Pet Wars Day victory.

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Democrats in Hamilton County, Tennessee sound energized as they look ahead to next year’s elections, and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a potential candidate for Governor, won a straw poll at the Hamilton County Democrats' annual fundraiser .

 

London native Richard Winham hosts WUTC’s afternoon music program each weekday from 2 to 4 pm. October marked a special anniversary: 30 years on the air with us, playing a mix of national and local artists. He frequently invites local artists to perform live on his show, and some of them say he launced their careers. In this story, we hear how some of those artists paid tribute with a musical celebration at Barking Legs Theater.

October 31st marked the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther publishing his objections to the Roman Catholic Church's theology, an act that led to the Protestant Reformation. In this feature, we hear how Chattanooga clergy are marking the occasion: with hymns and reflections on the Reformation's continued relevance.

The fifth annual Stuffing Strut is a change from previous years. The 5K run/walk used to take place Thanksgiving morning. This year, it will happen Nov. 18 at 8:30 AM at Chester Frost Park. Marketing Chair Amy Katcher joins us to talk about the organizations that will benefit.

Leah Weiss's debut novel If the Creek Don't Rise features an unusual storytelling structure: each chapter is told from one character's point of view, so the story is revealed through ten different voices. Set in 1970s Appalachia, it's about Sadie Blue, a pregnant teenager who must free herself from an abusive marriage, and about others in town--especially women--who help her. 

U.S, Senator Bob Corker isn’t totally ruling out the idea he might run for Governor of Tennessee in 2018. But it seems unlikely--"If that were something I were going to attempt to pursue," he said to reporters Wednesday, "it would have been good to think about it a year ago."

Corker, a two-term Senator, announced his retirement earlier this week.

Wacker's chemical plant in East Tennessee announced it's going to be closed for what may be months, while officials investigate an explosion that happened September 7.  The blast released trace amounts of hydrochloric acid into the air and hospitalized several people. Workers quickly contained the leak.

The county sheriff said seven people who live nearby sought treatment for symptoms related to the incident. But the company maintains the leak posed no threat to the community. 

 Officials now say production may not resume for months at the $2.5 billion plant, which employs about 650 people. During the downtime, some of those workers will assist in repairs.  Back in August, a different leak injured five employees. Wacker says the two incidents were unrelated.  

Mark A Herndon

In 2009, photographs of Wayne White's art were collected in a 400-page hardcover book, Maybe Now I'll Get The Respect I So Richly Deserve. White had worked for years behind the scenes at children's shows such as Pee Wee's Playhouse, designing puppets and sets. He was also the art director for music videos such as Peter Gabriel's "Big Time."

His artistic sensibilities influenced many young viewers. But few knew his name.

UTC

Speaking at a celebration of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 131st birthday, UTC Chancellor Dr. Steve Angle outlined UTC's future as the institution fulfills its strategic plan's goals.

One of those goals--increased student involvement in internships--could impact businesses in the region. In coming years, every student in every major may be required to work an internship or have a similar real-world experience to round out of his or her education.

Delivering his annual State of the University Address, he touted "active, collaborative learning" as being at "the heart" of the UTC experience. In other words, bridges beyond the classroom.

Tuesday evening, Chattanooga City Council members voted a second and final time to approve the Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the city

During the first vote, all members except District 1's Chip Henderson had voted to approve it.

It was the same situation with the second vote. Henderson, on behalf of his constituents, opposed the property tax hike many Chattanooga homeowners now face.

An explosion at an East Tennessee chemical plant released trace amounts of hydrochloric acid into the air, and eight people with symptoms related to the incident were treated at a nearby hospital.

On Thursday, Charleston, Tennessee residents reported hearing an earth-shaking explosion and seeing a white plume of vapor coming from the Wacker Polysilicon plant, which produces raw materials for solar cells and electronics. Bradley County officials initially described the situation as extreme—an extraordinary threat to life and property.

"A maker," Chatt*lab President Jeff Johnson says, "is anybody that wants to tinker, invent, create... watch people make stuff, learn how to make stuff, [or] teach people how to make stuff."

Chattanooga’s new city budget includes a record-setting $5 million to improve roads, pay raises for police officers, and a property tax freeze for senior citizens. During a roll call vote Tuesday evening, every City Council representative voted for it—except one.

Councilman Chip Henderson, chair of the Budget & Finance Committee, said people in his district (District 1, which includes Hixson, Mountain Creek and Lookout Valley) were concerned the 2018 city budget would raise their property tax bills.

City of Chattanooga

The new Chattanooga Police Chief says it was a humbling experience, being sworn in while a packed auditorium at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga watched. He felt honored. But it's only the beginning.

"For me, this just lights the fuse," Chief David Roddy said.  "I'm excited about getting to work."

Roddy expects to continue the police department’s commitment to developing community partnerships, because "officers can’t keep the city safe working alone. We need your help. We must build trust in order to maintain public safety and effective policing."

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