HealthConnections: Who Are We?

This week marks the launch of a new series, HealthConnections. The brainchild of University of Tennessee associate professor Dr. Carole Myers, HealthConnections will bring the often-abstract world of health care, coverage and policy to a human level. What is access? How do marketplaces work? What's the future of health insurance?

Dr. Myers and WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth will sort through these issues and more, all to give you a toolbox for understanding what you hear on the...

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Improvisations, heard weekdays 6:30 to 8 p.m., is produced and hosted locally by John Habel, Todd Steed, Paul Parris, and Chris Woodhull. John Monday evening at 6:30.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has been named co-chair of a national task force. Governor Haslam, a Republican, and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, will head the National Governors Association Health Care Sustainability Task Force, which will study ground-breaking Medicaid programs.

Emory River Paper Mill added to Superfund List

May 21, 2013
EPA.gov

An abandoned pulp and paper mill on the Emory River near Harriman has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).  A Superfund designation by the EPA means the Clinch River Corporation site poses a "significant threat to public health" and the EPA now has the right to require the current owner to conduct or pay for clean-up of the site.  An EPA evaluation of the 30.5 acre site claims the site was contaminated with several by-products of the paper manufacturing process, includi

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

The Tennessee State Building Commission has approved a proposal from the University of Tennessee that would allow UT to purchase three homes in the Fort Sanders neighborhood and demolish them if necessary.  In a press release, university officials say they're hoping to build a new four-to-five story classroom building in the space currently occupied by three Queen Anne-style homes.  The 200,000 square foot building will eventually feature general-purpose classrooms, shared laboratories and house facilities related to the university's microbiology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biolo

City of Knoxville

An eight-person panel whose members have connections to Knoxville's arts, educational and business communities will examine potential changes to the city's World's Fair Park. Deputy to the Mayor Bill Lyons and UT professor Jan Simek will co-chair the exploratory committee that will look at options for the park that hosted the 1982 World’s Fair. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports one of those options is a new home for the Clarence Brown Theatre. The UT-based theater is in need of plumbing upgrades and more classroom space.

Bonnaroo: The Festival's Economic Impact

May 21, 2013

The annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has released an economic study showing that the annual festival now makes more than $51 million for Middle Tennessee and the state. About 80,000 people now attend the four-day festival each June in Coffee County. The study shows that about $36 million of the total impact of the Bonnaroo festival comes from direct visitor spending.

Author Rick Atkinson: Writing About Military History

May 21, 2013
npr.org

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Rick Atkinson just finished his Liberation Trilogy, a history of World War Two. His final book is called The Guns at Last Light. Atkinson was a longtime reporter on national defense and military issues for the Washington Post, though now he concentrates on his books. He was in Knoxville and told WUOT's Chrissy Keuper that his near-obsession with the Second World War comes from his childhood on military bases…

Knoxville Glove Company To Close

May 20, 2013

A company that has been manufacturing gloves in Knoxville for 99 years will shut its doors this Friday.  The Knoxville Glove Company formed in 1914 and at its peak in the 1960's, it employed 350 people, manufacturing sturdy industrial gloves for clients like the Department of Defense and NASA.  But the domestic glove industry has long since buckled under the strain of foreign competition and these days, Knoxville Glove Company employs just 15 workers.  In a 2011 article in Metro Pulse, owner Rod Townsend Jr.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Knox County Health Department says 2010 vaccination guidelines have been adding up to weeks of middle school absenteeism across the county.

Sixth graders now need a proof of immunization certificate for chicken pox - tetanus - diphtheria and pertussis before they can start seventh grade.

But Mary Ann Harrison, nurse manager of the Immunization Program at the Knox County Health Department, says as many as 40% of rising seventh graders in Knox County public schools last year didn’t get the shots.

tva.com

Saturday May 18th marks an important anniversary in the history of the Tennessee River Valley.  It was on that date in 1933 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill that created the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Throughout those 80 years, the agency has been the focus of both glowing praise and fervent criticism, all while fighting for its existence in the halls of Congress. To mark the occasion of the 80th anniversary, WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth sat down with Pat Ezzell, the TVA's resident historian.

George Thomas Found Guilty Again in Christian-Newsom Murders

May 17, 2013
Tennessee Department of Correction

A Davidson County jury has found George Thomas guilty on all 38 counts related to the 2007 kidnapping, rape, torture and murder of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian, including a charge of first degree felony murder. Following its verdict, the jury also sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole.  During the past week, Thomas' attorneys attempted to portray him as a passive observer to the crimes, but for the second time, a jury has determined him to be an active participant.   Thomas was originally convicted and sentenced to life without parole in 2009, but the c

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