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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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.

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"I'm anticipating life unassigned," NPR's Robert Siegel says as he looks forward to retirement. "No deadlines, no stories."

Whether he will come back on occasion, he doesn't know.

I hope he does.

Because he's been hosting NPR's All Things Considered for decades, I grew up listening to Siegel's voice every weekday afternoon. Like many WUTC listeners and employees, I'm going to miss hearing him.

When Nashville native Ryan Taylor served in Iraq, he says, he was alert constantly.

"You hear that mortar rounds just went off. How close was it.... you start staying awake at night, and so to drown out the sounds, we would start, you know, tapping on our foot lockers. And we would start just like freestyle rapping. Some of us, all of a sudden, was like, 'Hey, you know, we're making some pretty good songs here.' I mean, we would just sit back and write music at night till four, five, six o'clock in the morning."

Dave Connis's young adult novel The Temptation of Adam is about a boy recovering from a type of addiction rarely seen in books for teens, something that’s uncomfortable to acknowledge. So the protagonist, 16-year-old Adam Hawthorne, starts the story in denial.

Adam is addicted to pornography.

Chattanooga residents had a chance to tell city officials how to spend more than $200 million dollars. That’s how much the city is expected to budget for fiscal year 2019. 

Recently, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke invited ordinary citizens to sit at tables with officials, pens and paper in hand, and help decide who gets a slice of the $200 million dollar pie.

Southern author Janie Dempsey Watts has written two novels: Moon Over Taylor's Ridge​ and Return to Taylor's Crossing. Both were set in North Georgia, the area where she resides. But she’s also spent decades in California and traveled globally. Her newest work is a collection of short stories, Mothers, Sons, Beloveds, and Other Strangers​, and the collection is divided, geographically, into three sections: stories set in the South, stories set in California, and stories in Europe.

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.  

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