Michael Edward Miller

Around & About Host/News Producer

A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Michael Edward Miller hosts Around and About.  His favorite radio programs and podcasts include This American Life, Radiolab and The Moth.  He and his wife Rachel are both Chattanooga natives. 

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Rod Francis created The Grow Young Project, an online resource about healthy aging that includes articles and interviews with scientists and experts.  Francis joins us on Around and About to talk about the motivation behind his project and what he's learning.  He'll give a presentation at the Center for Mindful Living on August 29th from 1 pm to 4 pm. 

Director/co-writer Zachary Lee Ratchford, actress/co-writer Ashley Larsen, and co-writer Jeremy Pickard join us to talk about The Snare of the Fowler, an independent feature-length film that's being created in the Chattanooga/North Georgia region.  The team is seeking crowdfunding through the Seed & Spark Web site, where the story is described as:

Molly Gardner Photography

Amani ya Juu helps women in Kenya, Uganda and Liberia earn a living by creating hand-made goods.  The African fair-trade organization has Chattanooga roots--the founder, Becky Chinchen, is a Chattanooga native, and the organization's United States distribution center is located here on South Willow Street in the Ridgedale community near downtown.

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Philadelphia artist Meg Saligman travels around the world, getting commissions to create huge works of public art.  She’s painted a fresco in Mexico city, a water tower in Tanzania, and a 32,000 square-foot mural in Nebraska.

But her project on MLK Boulevard in Chattanooga is the largest one she's ever created.  In fact, she says it will be one of the largest murals in the United States, and she's asked local artists and dozens of volunteers to pick up brushes and help.

Dr. Kelly Rodney Arnold compares Clinica Medicos to Doctors Without Borders—the organization that goes on medical missions around the world.

"I commonly joke with my friends that we don’t need airfare to do the work that we’re doing here," she says.  "We have found and identified mission work to be done in an urban landscape."

In this interview, we're finding out why a new Chattanooga restaurant is partnering with a local nonprofit that’s protecting the Tennessee River Gorge.  We're speaking with Miguel Morales, one of the co-owners of the Feed Co. Table & Tavern.  Located on the Southside, it opened August 4th.  We’ve also speaking with Sarah Quattrochi, the Outreach and Development Director for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.

ArtsBuild is accepting applications for the 2015 Holmberg Leadership Institute.  Today we're joined by Rodney Van Valkenburg, Director of Grants & Initiatives for ArtsBuild, and Rick Morris, a graduate of the Institute.

From the ArtsBuild Web site:

ArtsBuild is seeking candidates for the 2015 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, an eight-part series designed to fully engage participants in the arts community. The deadline for applications is August 14, 2015.

Local musician Bruce Livolsi is a one-man band known as A Man Called Bruce. He joins us to talk about his new album LIVE in the Studio.

From his Web site:

Musical director Terry Sanford and actor Christopher Cooper join us to talk about Closed Door Entertainment's production of Next to Normal.

From the CDE Web site:

When:  July 31 & August 1 @ 730p; August 1 & 2 @ 2p

Where:  Memorial Auditorium's Robert K. Walker Theatre;  399 McCallie Avenue  |  Chattanooga, TN 37402mori

Tickets:  www.chattanoogaonstage.com

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The last of the funerals for the five Chattanooga shooting victims happened on Tuesday.  U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith was interred in the Chattanooga National Cemetery, where soldiers and sailors have been buried for about 150 years.  It’s the same cemetery where another victim of the shootings, Marine Staff Sergeant David Wyatt, was laid to rest last Friday.

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Family and friends gathered to say goodbye to Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt at his church and along the streets of Chattanooga on Friday.

Authorities still aren't saying much about why 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez went on a shooting spree at two military centers in Chattanooga that killed 5 service members.  But at a press conference in Chattanooga, FBI Special Agent Ed Reinhold explained more about what happened that tragic Thursday morning.

Read more about what was revealed, and listen to the full, unedited audio of the press conference above.

In order, the speakers were:

-United States Attorney Bill Killian

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It began on Facebook--a call for bikers to come pray for Chattanooga.

More than 300 bikers adorned their motorcycles with American flags and lined up in a strip mall parking lot across the street from a Naval recruitment center, which was the first of two mass shooting sites in Chattanooga.

The family of the gunman who allegedly killed five military personnel in Tennessee are extending their sympathy toward the victims’ families, and saying the gunman suffered from depression.  The family of Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez released the following statement Saturday:

Two shooting incidents at Chattanooga military facilities killed four Marines, injured three other military personnel and injured one police officer.  The alleged gunman, 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, also died.  Officials are not yet revealing whether police or military personnel killed Abulazeez or whether he committed suicide.

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