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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A new federal report finds consumer spending in Tennessee has outperformed the national average since the Recession ended five years ago.

The US Bureau of Economic Analysis finds Tennessee per capita spending grew from 2009 to 2012 by more than $3,400, or 12.2 percent. Tennessee per capita spending average was $31,417.

In 2012, the typical Tennessean spent more on health care ($5,414) than on housing and utilities ($5,407).

The Tennessee Corrections Institute finds that the Anderson County Detention Facility doesn’t meet state standards.

The Institute held its annual inspection of the Anderson County facility and found some problems. But Captain Larry Davidson told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the report is favorable, for the most part.

State elections officials report record-setting totals statewide for the early voting just ended.

Twenty-one energy efficiency projects across the state are getting funding this year.

Three years ago, the TVA reached a settlement over alleged Clean Air Act violations at coal-burning power plants in the Southeast. As part of that settlement, Tennessee is getting $26.4 million over five years to help fund clean-air projects.

The Tennessee Virtual Academy will start school next week, and will keep all its students. The virtual school opened in 2011 and is the state’s first online academy. Classes start Monday (4 August 2014) with 976 returning students and 626 new students.

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.*264/Class-School_Apple.jpg

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.

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.

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.

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.