Leslie Snow

Construction Program Imparts Skills, Self-Worth

In an ordinary classroom, a group of mostly inner-city students is seated around a chalkboard. They tease each other and joke with their instructor as they engage in a discussion about “green” building techniques. Despite the jovial atmosphere, the twenty-seven students gathered for Knoxville Leadership Foundation’s construction training program are serious about their work. And they’re relieved to be done with something called “mental toughness.” “The whole concept of mental toughness is...

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This week, the National Transportation and Safety Board recommended that states lower the DUI threshold from point 0.08 to 0.05.  The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that that’s a standard for more than a hundred countries and next year, State Representative Jeremy Faison of Cosby says he’ll file legislation to lower the legal standard in Tennessee to 0.05.

Pilot/Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam Addresses Trucking Executives

May 16, 2013
Christine Jessel

Pilot/Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam stood before a large crowd of trucking executives gathered in Indianapolis this morning at the Scopelitis Transportation Seminar and told them he knew nothing about an alleged scheme to defraud some of his company's trucking customers.  Last month, agents from the IRS and FBI raided Pilot's Knoxville headquarters in search of evidence to support the accusation that some members of the Pilot/Flying J sales staff were taking money promised to some of the company's clients in the form of rebates and discounts.  At this morning's seminar, Haslam spelled out a fi

Lauren Blankenship- Arithmomania Has Twelve Letters

May 16, 2013

Unless you spend a lot of time doing crossword puzzles or tweeting, counting the number of letters in a word might seem like a pointless endeavor.  But for a tiny segment of the population, the urge to count letters is irresistible, sometimes to the point of distraction.  WUOT’s Lauren Blankenship knows a lot about counting letters.  She's been doing it since she could read.  As part of WUOT's Next Wave Radio Project, Lauren filed this reflection...

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The University of Tennessee is hosting an active-shooter training today geared toward helping university staff prevent campus shootings.

The audience is expected to include more than 300 participants; it will also be webcast for the entire university system.

Fort Sanders Neighborhood heads up annual "Fragile 15" List

May 15, 2013
Brian Stansberry

The historic district north of the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus is the latest neighborhood to top Knox Heritage's annual "Fragile 15" list of endangered structures and places.

Tennessee Department of Probation and Parole

The Tennessee Department of Correction will soon require the state's probation and parole officers to be armed. WATE-TV reports that there are currently 783 probation and parole officers in Tennessee and those officers will choose whether or not to undergo a two-week training to be armed. But all probation and parole officers will be armed by 2018.

The biannual Tennessee Women's Health Report Card gave the health of Tennessee women a grade of C, an improvement over a D in 2011. State health officials say there remain several areas of concern, however:  the percentage of women who smoke during pregnancy, the prevalence of the sexually transmitted infections Chlamydia and Syphilis, and deaths from breast and cervical cancer in African-American women all received an F.

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Low-cost airline carriers have had a turbulent history in the Knoxville market. But city and county leaders hope to make an announcement today to change that.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero have jointly set aside $370,000 dollars for what they’re calling a Competitive Airfare Partnership.

Jim Evans, Vice President of Marketing at McGhee-Tyson airport, says they’ve had some hits and misses with lowfare carriers before.

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A settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental groups means the Tennessee Valley Authority is shuttering 18 of its oldest coal-fired power plants. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper reports on the resulting job cuts at those facilities… 

The University of Tennessee’s director of student judicial affairs has been fired after officials say she refused to cooperate with an investigation. Jenny Wright is being investigated over alleged inappropriate relationships with student-athletes. The university has hired an attorney to investigate those allegations. University officials say they won’t release any details about the accusations or about the students who may be involved.

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