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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Pilot Flying J Investigation
6:16 am
Wed June 19, 2013

More Pilot Flying J Employees Plead Guilty To Defrauding Customers

Pilot Flying J corporate headquarters on Lonas Drive in Knoxville, April, 2013 (Photo by Michael Patrick / Knoxville News Sentinel)

Three more employees with Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J pleaded guilty yesterday to scheming to defraud trucking companies out of rebates. Under that scheme, Pilot executives manually reduced fuel rebates on diesel purchases owed to trucking companies they thought would not catch the inconsistency. A federal investigation continues and has so far resulted in plea deals for five employees since a raid on the company’s headquarters on April 15th. Holly Radford, Jay Stinnett, and Kevin Clark pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

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Emergency Recall: Compressed Gas Cylinders
4:00 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Emergency Recall Underway For Gas Cylinders Made In Tennessee

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The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued an emergency recall for cylinders of commonly-used compressed gas. More than 55,000 of the cylinders in question under the recall are made by Franklin, Tennessee-based Lite Cylinder Company, Incorporated. They are used for stoves and other equipment that use propane fuel.

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TN Higher Education Rates
4:30 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

New National Report Ranks Tennessee 43rd In US For College Attainment

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College attainment is the percentage of adults between the ages of 25 and 64 holding some kind of post-secondary degree. The new report from the Lumina Foundation found that just over 32% of those adults in Tennessee hold degrees.  The national average is 38.7%. Governor Bill Haslam has set a state goal for college attainment rates of 55% by 2025.  But the Lumina report estimates that at current rates, Tennessee will reach only 39% by that time.

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Fort Campbell Clinic
6:43 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Officials Break Ground On Groundbreaking Clinic At Fort Campbell

Credit http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Charity-funded-clinic-to-help-Fort-Campbell-troops-4599227.php

A new clinic at Fort Campbell will treat what are known as the signature wounds of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Officials broke ground on the clinic yesterday and it’s expected to be completed in a year. The clinic will be the third of its kind (the others are at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina) and will work with the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland, to research and develop treatment for brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.

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Occupy Nashville
6:06 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Occupy Nashville Protestors

Katy Wolf, left, Lamercie Saint Hilaire and other protesters sing 'We Shall Overcome' at a candlelight vigil on Legislative Plaza during an Occupy Nashville Rally in 2011. / John Partipilo / File / The Tennessean

A federal judge has ruled that the state unlawfully arrested members of Occupy Nashville during the group’s protest encampment on War Memorial Plaza. In October 2011, the Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 55 people on charges of misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed suit in 2011 on behalf of the members of Occupy Nashville. Judge Aleta Trauger ruled that those arrests violated First Amendment rights to free speech. The ruling means state officials must pay all monetary awards and attorneys’ fees. 

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Methamphetamine in Tennessee
6:37 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Tennessee Once Again First In US In Meth-Lab Seizures

Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson (left), Tennessee State Senator Ken Yager (center), Tennessee State Senator Mike Bell (right) - Photo by Bob Fowler, Knoxville News Sentinel
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Tennessee legislators, prosecutors and police from all over East Tennessee gathered in Kingston for the yearly meeting of the Ninth Judicial District’s Drug Task Force. Officials say Tennessee is once again first in the nation in the number of methamphetamine labs found by law enforcement. State Senator Mike Bell says next session, he’ll introduce legislation that would require prescriptions for cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

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State Layoffs Blocked
6:42 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Governor Haslam's Plan To Lay Off State Employees Blocked By Restraining Order

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam had planned to lay off more than 200 state workers this month, but a Davidson County judge has issued a temporary restraining order on the move following a lawsuit filed by state employees. The suit charges state officials with violating a law concerning the 60-day notice for affected employees. It claims that though officials gave notices throughout the month of April, they did not comply with part of the law that says employees that are to be fired must receive career counseling, testing, and job placement assistance.

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Tennessee Children
4:30 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Kids Count Study Shows Recession Has Been Tough On Tennessee Children

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State health and welfare officials have released the latest annual Kids Count study for Tennessee. Linda O’Neal, Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, says the data show the recession has had a significant impact on the state’s children. One in four Tennessee children now live in poverty and one in three rely on food stamps for adequate nutrition.

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Fracking in Tennessee
7:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

University Of Tennessee Opens Bidding For Natural Gas Drilling

Credit http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/2013/jan/30/311895/

The University of Tennessee has formally begun to seek bids from companies wanting to lease natural gas rights in Morgan and Scott counties. UT owns about 8,600 acres in its Cumberland Forest research area. UT officials say the move is for research into the environmental effects and best-practices for extracting natural gas from the Chattanooga shale. The State Building Commission has to approve any contracts; UT officials hope to shore up a contract by October.

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TN Pharmacy
4:00 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

FDA Blames Tennessee Pharmacy For Current Meningitis Outbreak

The Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tenn. / Tom Wilemon / File / The Tennessean

Officials with the US Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that a Tennessee pharmacy is responsible for a new outbreak of meningitis. The agency reports that both bacterial and fungal contaminants were found in unopened vials of methylprednisolone acetate made by Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tennessee. The drugs have sickened 24 people so far, in Illinois, North Carolina, Florida and Arkansas. The pharmacy shipped the medicine to 17 states.

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