Michael Edward Miller

News Director/Producer

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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Welcome Home of Chattanooga's second annual Demystifying Death and Dying is coming up Friday, April 27. Open to both caregivers and the general public, the conference features Dr. Martha Jo Atkins (author of Signposts of Dying: What You Need to Know) as the keynote speaker. She and Welcome Home Executive Director Sherry Campbell join us for an interview about the conference and caring for loved ones in their final days and weeks.

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After a diesel emissions scandal that cost Volkswagen billions in fines and slumping sales of its Chattanooga-made Passat sedan, Tennessee lawmakers (who have granted the automaker hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives to build and expand Chattanooga's VW plant) worried about the future of their investment, because Volkswagen was looking to cut back on certain operations.

Now things are looking up. Volkswagen's new Chattanooga-made, seven-passenger Atlas SUV is selling so well that the company plans to start building a new five-seater model, which means VW will put $340 million toward expanding the plant.

"What they're doing as far as ramping up their operations, we anticipate there'll be additional jobs," said Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, although the company isn't yet saying how many--if any--new jobs will be created.

Volkswagen North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken says, for him, the success of the Atlas symbolizes a "turnaround for our brand here in the United States."

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry unexpectedly announced she was resigning Tuesday morning--after appearing in court and pleading guilty to theft of property over $10,000. Just how sudden was the announcement, and how does her guilty plea relate to an affair she had with the head of her security, Sgt. Rob Forrest?

A jury has found former school bus driver Johnthony Walker guilty of criminally negligent homicide, following a 2016 crash that killed six children. 

Police aren’t saying why a North Georgia teacher allegedly brought a handgun to school and fired it out a classroom window, but a police representative says apparently the teacher didn’t intend to harm any students. Jesse Randal Davidson teaches social studies at Dalton High, and the principal, Steve Bartoo, describes Davidson as an “excellent teacher.”

He says he’d be surprised “with any of our teachers” if an incident like today’s happens.

“Our teachers care about our kids. They love our kids, they take care of our kids, and it's certainly shocking to any principal if one of their staff members took a gun out in a classroom and fired it.”

The incident is sparking debate about President Trump’s proposal that some teachers start carrying concealed weapons, to defend students against school shooters.

Singer/songwriter IMAJ and Cam Busch join us to talk about the 18th annual Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series.  

From a media release:

CHI Memorial Foundation and the Hunter Museum of American Art are co-presenting the 18th annual Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series.  This year’s event will be Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Hunter Museum of American Art.  IMAJ is the featured guest.  The reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by IMAJ’s presentation at 6 p.m.

A Chattanooga nonprofit is taking ownership of one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, making sure it’s preserved for generations to come.

Governor Bill Haslam has released his proposed $37.5 billion state budget for fiscal year 2018-19. Health & social services and education are the biggest spending areas. 

The Sycamore Institute--an independent, statewide, nonpartisan public policy research center for Tennessee--has released a budget summary to help you better understand what Haslam is proposing. 

Award-winning actress Mimi Kennedy and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Music Director Emeritus Bob Bernhardt will star in a special one-night-only performance of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on 2/10/18. They join us to talk about the play and their careers--Kennedy as an actress who currently stars in the hit CBS sitcom Mom, and Bernhardt as a conductor who has performed with orchestras around the nation.

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick joins us to discuss the sometimes-surprising way music affects brains and bodies, and how biomedical music techniques can be used to help people with neurological challenges. She and other musicians are participating in a free concert on February 2nd at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Dark Princess Theatre cast members Hope Holloway, who plays Lady Gwendolyn, and Marcus Ellsworth, who plays Aleistaire Rook, join us to talk about their upcoming live, interactive Gold Digger's Revenge event. It takes place February 17 on the Southern Belle Riverboat and features a Western/steampunk/horror theme, with dinner, music, a costume contest, and more. The cutoff for tickets is February 6.

Co-authors Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak join us to discuss The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive In the Age of Populism. The book says power is shifting in the world, downward from national governments to cities and metropolitan communities, and gives examples of local government's positive impact in several cities, including Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Chattanooga residents are invited to help the fight against breast cancer by participating in Pink Week 2018. From CHI Memorial's Web site:

NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for 1/16, but rescheduled due to inclement weather. It will now take place 1/22 at 7:30 pm at UTC.

FROM A MEDIA RELEASE:

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