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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Health and Medicine
3:30 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Tennessee Health Officials Report Rise In Drug-Overdose Deaths Last Year

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The Tennessee Department of Health reports that more people died last year from drug overdoses than in the previous year.

There were 1,166 overdose fatalities last year, an increase of 6.5 percent over the year before… and more Tennesseans died from drug overdoses last year than in motor vehicle accidents, homicides, or suicides.

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Education
3:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

State Education Officials Approve Teacher Licensing Standards

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The Tennessee State Board of Education has given final approval to a plan that will let teachers bypass required professional development credits if they perform well on annual teacher evaluations. The plan also streamlines the number of licenses issued.

This year, the Tennessee General Assembly voted to get rid of a policy tying license non-renewal to poor evaluation marks or low student learning gains.

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Health and Medicine
3:30 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Tennessee Ranks Low For Breastfeeding

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A report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Tennessee near the bottom in breastfeeding practices.

The CDC report ranks Tennessee 49th in the US for the percentage of babies ever breastfed and who continue to be breastfed as they mark their three-, six-, and twelve-month milestones.

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Tennessee Unemployment
3:30 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Tennessee County Unemployment Rates Rise

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Unemployment rates for June rose in every Tennessee county.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that all Tennessee counties saw a rise in unemployment last month:  78 counties have rates between 5 and 10% and 17 counties have rates higher than 10%.

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 6 percent, up from 5.2% in May.

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Tennessee National Parks
4:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Keeps Title As Most-Visited In U.S.

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A new report from the National Park Service and the US Geological Survey shows the Great Smoky Mountains National Park keeps its place as the most visited national park in the US, with more than 9,350,000 visitors last year.

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Tennessee Military
4:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Tennessee National Guard Members In Bulgaria

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Members of the Tennessee National Guard are in Bulgaria for several weeks as part of the State Partnership Program (SPP).

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Tennessee Transportation
4:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Study Of Rural Roads Finds Tennessee Needs Overhaul

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A study of America's non-interstate rural roads ranks Tennessee high for fatal accidents and travel fatality rate on rural roads.

Tennessee is among the top 11 states for fatal accidents on rural roads. The state also ranks in the top 6 in the US for fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled.

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NGA Summer Meeting 2014
9:04 am
Mon July 14, 2014

National Governors Association Wraps Up 2014 Meeting

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The annual three-day meeting of the National Governors Association ended yesterday.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam hosted governors from all over the nation. The focus of discussions was limited to collecting state taxes on Internet sales; the Marketplace Fairness Act that’s pending before Congress would authorize states to collect sales tax on online sales. Tennessee US Senator Lamar Alexander said the issue is expected in the US House in the next few weeks.

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Special Events
7:37 am
Fri July 11, 2014

National Senior Spelling Bee In Knoxville

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This weekend, Knoxville will host the National Senior Spelling Bee

The National Senior Spelling Bee was held for 18 years in Cheyenne, Wyoming, but the competition is now coming to Knoxville. More than 20 people will compete tomorrow at the Knoxville Convention Center.

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Tennessee Transportation
4:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

TDOT Projects In Limbo

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Unless Congress replenishes the Federal Highway Trust Fund, it will become insolvent on August 1st.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer spoke in Bradley County yesterday.

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