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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Federal Ruling: Jefferson Countyu
4:00 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Landmark Federal Ruling Involves Jefferson County School Officials

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that a federal judge has ruled that the Jefferson County school district violated the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution. That clause prohibits the government from establishing an official religion.   

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TN Prisons: Drug Treatment & Mental Health
4:00 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Nation's First State-Wide Recovery Court To Be In Tennessee

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The first state-wide, residential Recovery Court in the US will soon have its home in Morgan County, Tennessee. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting in the Morgan County city of Wartburg on August 1st.

The program aims to reroute those who need substance abuse treatment or mental health services from prison to treatment programs and to reserve prison beds for the most violent offenders.

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TN Social Studies Textbooks
4:30 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Tennessee Education Officials Want Public Input

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Tennessee education officials are asking for public input on the state’s new K -12 social studies textbooks.                 

The new textbooks are proposed for the state’s public grade schools during the 2014-15 school year. Public comments must be in by September 11th in order for the publisher to consider them.

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TN Adult and Dislocated Worker Program
4:30 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Tennessee Labor Program Releases Yearly Numbers

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The Tennessee Department of Labor has just released its yearly numbers from the Adult and Dislocated Worker Program.                                  

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TN Stand Your Ground Law
7:29 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Tennessee Legislators Call For Review Of State's "Stand Your Ground" Law

TN State Rep. Larry Miller, D-Memphis, chairman of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators / George Walker IV / File / The Tennessean
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TN Special Education Focus
6:32 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Tennessee Education Commissioner To Focus On Special Education

Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman / Photo by George Walker IV / The Tennessean
Credit George Walker IV, Nashville Tennessean

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman told the Tennessean newspaper yesterday that he’s going ahead with his plans to have the fastest-improving schools in the nation by 2015 and his next focus is special education.

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Tennessee Lottery
7:17 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Tennessee Lottery Proceeds Set Another Record

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Officials with the Tennessee lottery say proceeds for the fiscal year just ended are almost 5% higher than the previous year.

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation reports proceeds of $339.7 million. That’s another yearly record for the state’s lottery, and is up from last year's $323.4 million.

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Power Industry & Water
4:30 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Power Industry Impact On Southeast US Water Supplies

Credit http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/01/31/1523301/energy-water-double-2035/?mobile=nc

A report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzes the power industry’s impact on regional water supplies in the US.                

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TN Correction & Health Care
7:20 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Tennessee Legislative Committee Looking Into New Inmate Health Care Contract

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A watchdog group for the state legislature has agreed to investigate a Tennessee Department of Correction contract over inmate health care.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the state Fiscal Review Committee wants to meet with the winner of the contract, Centurion LLC.

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New State Handgun Law
4:55 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

New State Gun Law May See More Changes

Credit www.capitol.tn.gov

Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey now says that a new state handgun law may need to be clarified. The new law allows handgun carry permit holders to keep weapons in their vehicles at work.

In May, State Attorney General Robert Cooper delivered an opinion saying that the new law would not impact any Tennessee employer’s ability to fire workers.

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