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

University Of Tennessee Opens Bidding For Natural Gas Drilling

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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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Tennessee Pre-K
6:30 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Governor Haslam Weighing Proposal To Expand Tennessee's Pre-K Program

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is weighing a proposal that would mean millions of dollars in federal funding to expand the state’s prekindergarten classes. Under that proposal, $64.3 million in federal funding would be matched with $6.4 million in state funding to expand the Pre-K program to another 7,800 Tennessee children.

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Tennessee Wetlands
7:14 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Tennessee Wetlands To Receive Conservation Funding

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Tennessee is one of five states that will share $28 million in funding to help preserve the state’s wetlands. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved that funding to buy more than 9,000 acres in the National Wildlife Refuge System in Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida and Louisiana.

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June Dialogue 2013
9:04 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Dialogue: Women's Issues In Tennessee

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In this month's episode of Dialogue, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Kim Lauth and Wendy Pitts-Reeves of the East Tennessee Women's Leadership Council. They discussed the upcoming East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit in Knoxville as well as a number of issues effecting women in Tennessee... 

Tennessee Economic Council on Women

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Fort Campbell Roundtable
5:59 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Fort Campbell To Hold Roundtable On Sexual Harassment And Assault

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Fort Campbell will hold a roundtable discussion this week on sexual harassment and assaults, in the wake of recent controversies in the US military. Thursday’s event will outline how the 101st Airborne Division is addressing assaults on the base and in the community around the base. The Division is also designating this as SHARP Stand Up week, to raise awareness of the military’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention program. Fort Campbell’s manager of that program was removed from his post last month after he was arrested on charges of stalking his ex-wife.

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Tennessee Taxes
4:30 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Marketplace Fairness Act Could Mean Lower Tennessee Taxes

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Governor Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey say they want to use revenue generated by the pending Marketplace Fairness Act to reduce current state taxes. The Fairness Act would allow states to collect the sales taxes on online sales for retailers making more than $1 million a year. But the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Governor Haslam says officials don’t actually know how much revenue would be created if the law is enacted.

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Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, TN
6:47 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Court Rules Against Opponents Of Murfreesboro Mosque

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The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that officials in Rutherford County did give proper public notice of a meeting at which they approved the construction of a mosque. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by residents trying to block construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. As the case made its way through the courts, the mosque was built, and is in use. The plaintiffs say they’ll appeal this ruling to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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Kingston Coal Ash Spill
5:58 am
Fri May 31, 2013

TVA and EPA Update On Kingston Coal Ash Spill

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Officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority and the US Environmental Protection Agency met with the public to give an update on cleanup efforts near the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. A December 2008 spill at the facility unleashed 5.4 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash onto the surrounding countryside and into nearby creeks and rivers. A total of 3.8 million cubic yards of ash will be stored in a 230-acre holding cell, covered with plastic and clay.

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White Nose Syndrome
4:46 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Dr. Gary McCracken On White Nose Syndrome

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Wildlife researchers say White Nose Syndrome is now a threat to bat populations across North America, having killed bats in 22 states and 5 Canadian provinces… and it’s still spreading. Gary McCracken is chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee and he's a bat biologist. Dr. McCracken is part of a group studying White Nose Syndrome and charting its spread across the country. He says they’ve already learned quite a bit about both the disease and the fungus that causes it… 

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