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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Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher described the bus crash that killed five Chattanooga elementary school students as "every public safety professional’s worst nightmare." Police arrested the driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, and charged him with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and other offenses.

Authorities say one kindergartner, one first-grader, and three fourth-graders from Woodmore Elementary died.

Kahmesha Herring, a volunteer with the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee, joins us to talk about their fundraiser coming up Saturday, which includes a chance for kids of all ages to dress up in animal costumes and walk through Warner Park.

More information is here:

http://www.epilepsy-setn.org/events/fun-walk-to-fight-epilepsy/

Governor Bill Haslam created Insure Tennessee to help 280,000 low-income residents in the state get health insurance. But a small group of Republican lawmakers in the state Senate Health Committee killed the plan before it got off the ground, which inspired the creation of Women for Tennessee's Future, an organization opposing Republicans by grooming female Democratic candidates to run for office.

Wearing a "Make American Great Again" hat and dancing at the Hamilton County GOP election night party, local resident Matthew Huckabee described Donald Trump by using an odd but affectionate phrase:

"He is what he is," Huckabee said, musing about Trump's sometimes-abrasive personality. "He's a monster of his own. But a monster for the American people."

U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican incumbent from Tennessee who won re-election on the same night Donald Trump won the electoral college, also cheered Trump's surprise victory.

WUTC has been interviewing Hamilton County major party candidates ahead of Tuesday's vote. On this episode of Around and About Chattanooga, we hear excerpts from our conversations with Melody Shekari, Chuck Fleischmann, Khristy Wilkinson, and Todd Gardenhire. Extended interviews, transcripts, and conversations with more candidates are here.

The 2016 Head of the Hooch Regatta will bring thousands of competitors and spectators to the downtown Chattanooga riverfront, and is expected to have a 5 million dollar economic impact on the city. Organizer Paul Gaigelas joins us to preview the boat race.

WUTC SPECIAL BROADCAST: Tune in on Saturday, November 5th at 1 to 2 pm for a live remote from the waterfront.

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When he's not writing bestselling books like When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, or reading essays on NPR, David Sedaris is walking alongside roads in England, picking up cans and candy bar wrappers and trash. Nobody asks him to do it, and nobody pays him--he's simply obsessed with picking up litter. In this interview, he explains how that obsession inspired the title of his next book, Theft By Finding. 

Leslie Jordan, a Chattanooga native and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga alumnus, won an Emmy in 2006 for his role on Will & Grace. He's also appeared on Desperate HousewivesBoston Legal and American Horror Story.

Guy Raz hosts two popular NPR podcasts: the TED Radio Hour, which launched in 2012, and How I Built This, a new one focusing on entrepreneurship. Both are very high on the iTunes charts right now. He joins us to explain why he started this new one, some of his favorite podcasts, and why he believes NPR produces so many of the best podcasts.  

Steely Bruno

   You’re never too young to learn about jazz, and Steely Bruno (a trumpet player/composer whose real name is Antoine Williamson) introduces schoolchildren to legends like Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis, and teaches kids to play a few tunes themselves. He's on the roster of the Tennessee Arts Commission teaching artists.

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  The National Labor Relations Board is ordering Volkswagen to recognize a labor union at its Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant. But Volkswagen opposes United Auto Workers Local 42 because the group is only a small part of the plant's overall workforce.

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  Football season kicks off Thursday at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

  Chattanooga State Community College students who plan to transfer to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga can get a head start by enrolling in the dual admissions program. In this segment, we discuss the program with Gail Campbell, Director of the Admissions and Enrollment Services Center at Chattanooga State and Yancy Freeman, Assistant Provost for Enrollment Services at UTC.

   In the next couple of decades, the area’s senior population will increase dramatically. By 2030, the region’s population over the age of 65 will increase from approximately 127,000 to 202,000, and more doctors and nurses are needed who are trained in geriatric care. At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the UTC School of Nursing and other departments are providing opportunities for students to learn about gerontology. Dr. Brittany Cusack holds the Vicky B.

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