Chrissy Keuper

Morning Edition Host/Producer

Chrissy was born in Johnson City, Tenn. She attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville as a history major, and finished a bachelor's degree in anthropology at the University of Tennessee. Chrissy has a varied resume: she has taught ballet and jazz, and has worked as a woodworker, a barista, a pastry chef, a customer service rep, a waitress and an art model...but she says her job at WUOT has been her favorite. She came to WUOT as a student announcer and became a member of WUOT’s News Department and the local host of Morning Edition in 2004.

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WBIR-TV Investigation
4:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Knox County Officials To Meet Concerning Wrongful Arrests

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A Knox County judge said he’ll talk with local leaders about errors in the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk's Office that led to some wrongful arrests.                                      

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Drosophila suzukii
4:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

New Threat To East Tennessee Crops

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Scientists say there’s a new threat to crops in East Tennessee.

The Drosophila suzukii or spotted-wing drosophila, is a fruit fly, and a threat to Eastern Tennessee crops, especially berries.

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U.S. Civil War
4:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Maury County Civil War Soldiers Receive Honors

Jo Ann McClellan and Elizabeth Queener helped add names to the Maury County War Memorial. George Walker IV / The Tennessean
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A ceremony tomorrow at the Maury County War Memorial will commemorate the Battle of Nashville in 1864 and unveil the names of 58 Maury County soldiers who fought for the Union.

The names were uncovered during research into four black soldiers whose names were to be added the memorial. 

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U.S. Civil War
5:42 am
Fri October 18, 2013

The U.S. Civil War’s "Contraband'’ Camps

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Amy Murrell Taylor says the emancipation of slaves in the 19th century United States is often the one man, one-moment story:

President Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.

But Taylor argues that emancipation was a process, and part of that process was the settlement of slave refugees behind the military lines of the Union army, in what were called “contraband camps”. 

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Health: Viral Meningitis
4:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Viral Meningitis Cases Temporarily Close Powell Daycare

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The Knox County Health Department is educating some area schools and day-care center about viral meningitis following a cluster of several cases connected to a local daycare.                                      

Mudpies and Music day-care center in Powell is closed for the rest of this week after several cases of viral meningitis were connected with the facility. Owner Kara McKamey said she’ll reopen the center on Monday.

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TN Department of Human Services
4:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

State To Expand Vocational Rehabilition Program For Disabled

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Tennessee’s Department of Human Services is expanding its Vocational Rehabilitation program. The program helps those with disabilities get job training. 

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Shutdown: National Parks
7:24 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Some National Parks May Be Allowed To Reopen

The loop road to Cades Cove closed in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 because of the government shutdown. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)
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The national parks were closed last week because of the federal government’s partial shutdown, but the Obama administration has announced it will allow some national parks to reopen.  

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the government will consider offers to reopen the parks, but only if the states in question use their own money for park operations.

It’s not clear whether those states would be reimbursed for those costs.

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Centennial Conservation Exposition
4:45 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Centennial Conservation Exposition In Knoxville

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In 1913, Knoxville held the National Conservation Exposition at Chilhowee Park for two months. It drew about a million people and it was probably the biggest event in Knoxville’s history, up until the 1982 World’s Fair.

Tomorrow, the Centennial Conservation Exposition will be celebrated at Chilhowee Park.

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Tennessee Crime Rates
7:26 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Tennessee's Violent Crime Rate Is Nation's Highest

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A new study has named Tennessee the Most Dangerous State in America.

24/7 Wall Street ranked states with the highest rates of violent crime, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Tennessee had the worst violent crime rate in the country, with 643.6 violent crimes per 100,000 people, followed by Nevada, Alaska, New Mexico and South Carolina.

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Tennessee's Auto Sector
7:18 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Tennessee Leads The South In Supplying The Automotive Industry

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A new report from the Brookings Institution on Tennessee’s automotive industry finds that the state is the South’s leader in supplying the automotive industry and has a stronger auto sector than before the recession began.

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