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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Homelessness
4:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Annual Homeless Memorial Day This Evening In Knoxville

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An annual nationwide gathering to honor the homeless will take place in Knoxville this evening.

The 5th Annual Knoxville Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is a public gathering, honoring homeless and formerly homeless Knoxvillians who died in 2013.

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US Government Shutdown
4:00 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Federal Bills Could Reimburse States

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New legislation moving through the US Congress aims to repay the states for costs of reopening the national parks during October’s federal government shutdown.

The state of Tennessee, Sevier and Blount Counties, and the state of North Carolina paid the federal government $300,500 to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for five days during the shutdown.

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UHF 2013 America’s Health Rankings
7:22 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Tennessee Shows No Change In Health Ranking

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An annual health report shows that Americans are making progress in improving their health, but overall, Tennessee shows no change from last year’s report.

The United Health Foundation’s 2013 America’s Health Rankings found that nationwide, notable gains were made in decreasing smoking, increasing physical activity and decreasing obesity rates.

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Tennessee Department of Children's Services
4:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

DCS Officials Say The Agency Is Improving

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State lawmakers have been investigating the operations of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, but DCS officials now say they can show measurable improvements in the agency and that more are on the way.

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Knox County Cremation Fee
4:00 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Knox County Commission To Vote On Cremation Fee

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Yesterday, the Knox County Commission approved adding a cremation fee for residents. Yesterday’s approval means the fee will be up for a vote at the Commission’s meeting on the 16th. 

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that if it’s passed, the new $25 cremation fee would help pay for medical examiner operations, one of which is approving cremations. The medical examiner also helps law enforcement and courts in murder and wrongful death investigations.

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Elliott Pet Services
4:00 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Morgan County Pet Crematorium Under Inspection

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  The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation reports that former pets found in some burial sites in Morgan County cannot be identified.

The remains were dug up this week as part of an inspection of the facility, which contracts with veterinarians to cremate dead animals. TDEC officials say each burial site near the Elliott Pet Services crematorium in Morgan County had about 30 animal graves each and that there’s no way to identify the animal remains that have been found. 

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Education In Tennessee
4:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Fewer Tennessee Teachers Remaining In The Profession

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The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that traditionally, teachers in Tennessee have entered the profession in their early 20's and have stayed for 25 years or longer. But now, many teachers in the state are leaving the profession after only a few years, with some estimates saying as many as half leave in the first five years.

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2012 Meningitis Outbreak
4:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

FBI Wants To Hear From Meningitis Victims

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A US Attorney is asking victims of last year’s outbreak of fungal meningitis to register on a website for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Boston US Attorney Carmen Ortiz hasn’t said when the grand jury will convene, but the FBI is gathering information for a criminal investigation of that outbreak, which sickened 751 people in 20 states and killed 64. 

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Tennessee Homelessness
4:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

HUD Reports Drop In Homeless Numbers

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The US Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that homelessness is declining in Tennessee and across the nation.

The latest estimates from HUD counted just over 9,500 homeless individuals in Tennessee. That’s down by 748 from 2010.

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Tennessee Traffic Fatalities
4:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

State Safety Officials Focus More Resources On Traffic Fatalities

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The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are focusing even more resources statewide on decreasing the number of traffic fatalities, especially counties that have the largest increases in traffic fatalities.

Shelby County has had 18 more traffic deaths this year than last year and Maury County saw fatalities triple from 5 to 15 by the beginning of this month.

Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole says though fatality rates have leveled out a bit, improvements have led to an overall drop of 33% from eight years ago:

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