Michael Edward Miller

Host/Feature News/Production Coordinator

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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12:33pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Business

Why Tax-Free Weekends May Not Be A Good Deal for Tennessee

Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday runs August 2 - 4 this year, and shoppers are expected to save between $8 and $10 million on items like clothing, school supplies and computers.  For computer sales in Tennessee, these are even bigger sales days than Black Friday.  These weekends are touted as economic boost for Tennessee and tax relief for low-income families, but a nonprofit research group, the Tax Foundation, says these tax holidays may not actually do much for the economy.  

3:08pm

Wed July 31, 2013
#POTUSinCHA

Republicans, Booksellers React to Obama's Chattanooga Visit

President Obama waves to the crowd at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, TN.
Credit Mike MIller

  NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with a couple of Republican lawmakers about President Obama's speech in Chattanooga on Tuesday.  Mr. Obama wants to lower corporate tax rates to create new jobs, but the Republicans say taxes should be lowered for individual business owners as well as corporations.  Meanwhile, the American Booksellers Association is criticizing Mr. Obama for choosing an Amazon fulfillment center as the location for his speech.  They claim Amazon unfairly undercuts book prices, which makes it difficult for independent booksellers to compete.

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4:41pm

Tue July 30, 2013
WUTC Special

President Obama Spoke in Chattanooga--Here's the Whole Speech

President Obama speaks at the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, TN.
Credit Mike MIller

President Obama spoke on Tuesday, July 30th at the Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He outlined five different key points for "Better Bargain for the Middle Class" plan to create jobs and grow American manufacturing.  This is the full, unedited audio of his speech.  Amazon employee Lydia Flanders gave the introduction.

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11:54am

Mon July 29, 2013
UTC Research

Some Atheists Choose Church Over Confrontation?

This graphic illustrates the percentage of study participants who identified with the types of atheist personalities.
Credit http://www.atheismresearch.com/

Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have completed an extensive study of more than 1,000 non-believers nationwide, and the researchers have identified six basic types of atheists.  Dr. Christopher Silver and Thomas J. Coleman led the project, and their study showed that 14% of atheists are angry, confrontational “anti-theists.”  However, 12% of atheists are “ritual atheists” who attend religious services even though they don’t believe in the theology.  In this feature segment, we find out why some atheists choose church.

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11:17am

Mon July 29, 2013
Books

Crowdfunding Sought for 'Game of Horror' Graphic Novel

Promo art for GAME OF HORROR, a graphic novel by Shane Berryhill and James E. Lyle.

An interview with author Shane Berryhill.

Chattanooga, Tennessee author Shane Berryhill and Waynesville, North Carolina artist James E. Lyle collaborated to create Game of Horror, a graphic novel described as "The Hunger Games meets classic monster cinema in an action-packed tale of terror."

In the story, an undead girl named Lily fights ghouls in a combat tournament, and the tale is meant as an allegory for human trafficking.  The creators are seeking Kickstarter funds to publish the graphic novel.

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12:02am

Mon July 29, 2013
Business

Amazon Announces 5,000+ New Jobs

Amazon officials announced today that the company is creating more than 5,000 new jobs in its fulfillment centers across the U.S., including positions in its Chattanooga center.  The jobs will include picking, packing and shipping customer orders, and will offer benefits and stock awards, according to a media release.

“We’re hiring for approximately a dozen management and IT positions here in Chattanooga, as well as converting dozens of seasonal employees into full-time roles every month,” Amazon representative Ty Rogers said in an e-mail.  “We’ve converted hundreds of seasonal employees into full-time roles so far this year.”

Last week, President Obama announced he will visit the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga to promote proposals for creating new middle-class jobs.  He will speak in Chattanooga on Tuesday, June 30th.

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11:20am

Tue July 23, 2013
Looks Good Enough To Eat?

Designer Natalie Chanin Bringing Barbecued Dresses to Warehouse Row

Fashion designer Natalie Chanin hickory-smoked this dress, creating smoky shades on the fabric.
Credit Contributed photo

An interview with Natalie Chanin.

Natalie Chanin is a designer/entrepreneur who runs Alabama Chanin, a company where all the clothing is hand-made.  An Alabama native, she combined slow, Southern barbecue and experimental fashion by hickory-smoking dresses.  Her dresses will be on display in Chattanooga at Warehouse Row starting Thursday, July 25th.  An opening reception is planned from 6 - 8 p.m., as well as a a Trunk Show at Amanda Pinson Jewelry on 7/26 and 7/27 and a workshop at SPACE on 7/27.

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11:38am

Mon July 22, 2013
Quite A Ride

With Statewide Tour Over, ‘Pickin’ Up TN’ Travels Online

Dave Porfiri, his wife Linda Duvoisin and their two daughters Jane and Harlan spend most of June 2013 on the road.  They’re filmmakers, and they drove an RV to about 40 counties across the state and gathered footage for the Pickin’ Up Tennessee project, which is raising awareness about litter.  Now they’re posting the films online and encouraging others to contribute footage, with a total goal of 95 films.  

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11:41am

Mon July 8, 2013
In Chattanooga July 19 & 20

'Spring Awakening' Musical Revives Banned German Play

Closed Door Entertainment will perform Spring Awakening at Chattanooga's Memorial Auditorium's RKW Theater on July 19th and 20th.  Intended for mature audiences only, this rock musical is based on a controversial German play from 1891.  Director J.C. Smith and actor Damon Gillespie join WUTC for this interview. 

11:52am

Fri July 5, 2013
Uncorked

More Chattanoogans Choosing Argentine Wine

Mariano Cebrian poses with a bottle of Argentine wine.

In this segment, WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller finds out why wines from Argentina are becoming popular with Scenic City wine drinkers.  He visits Jax Liquors, which has a section of Argentine wines, talks to Damon Levy from Vine Connections, and chats with Mariano Cebrian from Panoram Imports.  Panoram hosts a regular Argentine wine cruise on the Tennessee River.   

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1:33pm

Wed July 3, 2013
Criminal Justice

What's the Connection Between Race & Pot Busts?

The ACLU's "War On Marijuana In Black And White" report gives detailed statistics for Tennessee.

  

The ACLU released a study recently, The War On Marijuana In Black And White, which says there’s a disparity in who gets arrested for marijuana—black people are far more likely to be arrested for possessing pot than white people are.  However, the study indicates that blacks and whites use marijuana at comparable rates.

In this news feature, WUTC's Michael Edward Miller examines why the disparity might exist.  He speaks with one of the study's authors, as well as several criminal justice experts, and Congressman Steve Cohen, who introduced a bill earlier this year to create a National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy.

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12:05pm

Mon July 1, 2013
Ecology

TN Valley Wild Ones: Planting Milkweed to Save Monarchs

A female Monarch butterfly
Credit Kenneth Dwain Harrelson / (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0)

    The monarch butterfly population is dwindling, and gardeners in Chattanooga are helping restore the butterflies' lost habitats.  The Tennessee Valley Wild Ones ordered 1,500 milkweed plants from Monarch Watch, a national organization based in Kansas, and they're donating some of the plants to people building monarch waystations.

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11:26am

Tue June 25, 2013
8 p.m. Wednesdays on Fox

Chattanooga's Beth Kirby Could Be the Next MasterChef

Beth Kirby competes on the weekly cooking show MasterChef.

Beth Kirby, a food blogger and amateur chef who lives in Chattanooga, is a weekly contestant on MasterChef.  Gordon Ramsay hosts the cooking competition, which airs Wednesday evenings on Fox. In this interview, Kirby tells WUTC what it's like to be on the show, and she talks about her blog, Local Milk.

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3:54pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Forward Into The Past

Tweeting ‘Medieval Awesomeness’: A Conversation with @SCASocial

A screenshot of the Society for Creative Anachronism's Twitter page.

An interview with Avery Krouse.

It might seem unexpected—a group of medieval re-enactors has a Twitter feed?  But they do, and in this interview, Avery Krouse talks live-tweeting medieval combat.  He’s the social media director for the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international living-history organization with around 30,000 members.  “We like to spread medieval awesome all over the place,” said a recent tweet.

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3:58pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Best New Read

‘Bullets and Bread’ Serves Up WWII Memories, Chow Trivia

Kent Whitaker, a culinary author who lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has collected dozens of anecdotes, historical facts, humorous stories and first-person accounts in his new book Bullets and Bread: The Story of the Sacrifice in American Homes to Feed Troops in World War II.  He joins WUTC for an interview.

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