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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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.

Knoxville native Henry Cho has been doing stand-up for nearly 30 years, and because he does clean comedy, he's able to perform nearly anywhere--from Las Vegas to comedy clubs to churches.  In this interview, Cho talks about what it was really like to grow up Korean in Knoxville, how he became a successful comedian very quickly (opening for Jerry Seinfeld and others), and how he finds inspiration from his in-laws in Arab, Alabama.

UPDATE 7/13/15 @ 4:54 p.m:  NPR's Maureen Corrigan has reviewed Harper Lee's new novel Go Set A Watchman, and Corrigan calls it "a mess" and a "a troubling confusion of a novel."  Also, Tonja Carter, the attorney who claims she found the long-lost Watchman manuscript, has written an editorial in The Wall Street Journal discuss

Greenspaces is developing eco-friendly next-generation homes that could allow residents to never pay an electric bill.  Through solar panels, the homes could produce more energy than the homeowners consume.  The first will be built at 631 Hamilton Avenue on Chattanooga's North Shore.

Shawnessey Keith Cargile joins us to talk about the 5-week Objective Perspective series, which will happen at various locations in Chattanooga and feature live music, poetry, art, and opportunities for people to have an honest dialogue about (sometimes uncomfortable) subjects such as race and politics.


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Amy Pearson has worked with nonprofit organization On Point since 1997.  Promoted in 2011 to Executive Director, she's now been named the President.  She joins us to talk about their mission.

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Joseph Lusk II's story illustrates an aspect of local Civil War history that's sometimes forgotten: many people in East Tennessee supported the Union.

Tim McCoy is a great-great-great grandson of Lusk, and McCoy sponsored a new historical marker that tells exactly what happened in 1864 when 73-year-old Lusk fought back against rebel invaders.  The marker, located at 7723 Dalton Pike, S.E. in Cleveland, was dedicated on June 13th.  McCoy joins us to talk about the marker and about Bradley County history.