Matt Shafer Powell http://wuot.org en Middle Tennesseans Begin Preparations For New Area Code http://wuot.org/post/middle-tennesseans-begin-preparations-new-area-code <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Since 1995, the 615 area code has been synonymous with Nashville and its surrounding areas.&nbsp; That will soon change.</p><p><a href="http://www.nashvillempo.org/growth/">Nashville’s rapid population growth</a> and the emergence of cell phones and other communication devices means the 615 code will soon run out of phone numbers.&nbsp; Beginning in March, all new phone numbers from within the existing 615 area code will contain the new code 629.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:04:24 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 21793 at http://wuot.org Middle Tennesseans Begin Preparations For New Area Code Oak Ridge Museum Faces Uncertain Future http://wuot.org/post/oak-ridge-museum-faces-uncertain-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Oak Ridge and the foundation that supports the American Museum of Science and Energy (</span>AMSE<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) are asking the public for ideas on how to best preserve one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.&nbsp;</span></p><p>City officials and the AMSE Foundation are planning <a href="http://amse.org/city-of-oak-ridge-and-amse-foundation-to-host-community-meeting/">a community forum on Thursday, July 24</a> to discuss the museum’s future.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 21690 at http://wuot.org Oak Ridge Museum Faces Uncertain Future Insurance Exchange Customers In TN Could See Double-Digit Increase http://wuot.org/post/insurance-exchange-customers-tn-could-see-double-digit-increase <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(NOTE: &nbsp;This article was updated 7.18.14 to include Humana's request for an increase)</span></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Knoxvillians who chose to purchase their health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are currently <a href="http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2014/february/13/10-least-expensive-health-insurance-markets-in-us.aspx">paying some of the lowest premiums in the country</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;But those rates may soon be going up.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:26:54 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 21598 at http://wuot.org Insurance Exchange Customers In TN Could See Double-Digit Increase Prescription Drug Campaign Makes Stop In Knoxville Today http://wuot.org/post/prescription-drug-campaign-makes-stop-knoxville-today <p>A state-sponsored effort to address Tennessee’s spiraling rate of prescription drug abuse comes to East Tennessee today as part of a<a href="https://news.tn.gov/node/12661"> statewide tour</a>.&nbsp; Tennessee’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner <a href="http://tn.gov/mental/DV_bio.html">Doug Varney</a> and other addiction experts have been traveling the state this summer to draw attention to what they’re calling an “epidemic”, while highlighting specific strategies designed to bring it under control.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 21543 at http://wuot.org Prescription Drug Campaign Makes Stop In Knoxville Today East Tennessee Communities Lead Wine Charge http://wuot.org/post/east-tennessee-communities-lead-wine-charge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six Tennessee communities have collected enough petition signatures to place wine referenda on their respective ballots in November.</span></p><p>All six are in East Tennessee.</p><p>According to the advocacy group <a href="http://redwhiteandfood.com/">Red, White and Food</a>, residents of Clinton, Morristown, Church Hill, Rogersville, Loudon and Newport have all collected the minimum number of signatures required to force a ballot referendum on whether their local grocery stores should be able to offer wine.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 21394 at http://wuot.org East Tennessee Communities Lead Wine Charge Officials Break Ground On Downtown Apartments http://wuot.org/post/officials-break-ground-downtown-apartments <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The patch of land known as Marble Alley in downtown Knoxville was once held up by the city’s detractors as an example of its ineptitude when it came to downtown development.</span></p><p>Today, it serves as an example of how far downtown Knoxville has come.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:42:52 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 21213 at http://wuot.org Officials Break Ground On Downtown Apartments East TN Employers Demanding More STEM Skills http://wuot.org/post/east-tn-employers-demanding-more-stem-skills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re interested in doing sales in East Tennessee, there are still plenty of opportunities. &nbsp;At the same time, it wouldn’t hurt to brush up on your </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STEM_fields" style="line-height: 1.5;">science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> skills.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:14:25 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 21102 at http://wuot.org East TN Employers Demanding More STEM Skills Majority Of State’s NAS Cases Originate In East TN http://wuot.org/post/majority-state-s-nas-cases-originate-east-tn <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A WUOT News analysis of </span><a href="http://health.tn.gov/MCH/PDFs/NAS/NASsummary_Week_2614.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">Tennessee Department of Health data </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on </span><a href="http://www.astho.org/Prevention/NAS-Neonatal-Abstinence-Report/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shows a large majority of the cases reported in Tennessee so far this year have come from the east side of the state.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 20959 at http://wuot.org Majority Of State’s NAS Cases Originate In East TN Fire Marshal's Advice: Leave The Fireworks To The Pros http://wuot.org/post/fire-marshals-advice-leave-fireworks-pros <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tennessee State Fire Marshal Julie Mix </span>McPeak<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has one bit of advice for the amateur </span>pyro-technicians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;poised to light those fireworks tonight.</span></p><p>Leave it to the pros.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 20972 at http://wuot.org Fire Marshal's Advice: Leave The Fireworks To The Pros "The Ultimate Statesman": Tenn. Senator Howard H. Baker Dies At 88 http://wuot.org/post/ultimate-statesman-tenn-senator-howard-h-baker-dies-88 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Here's a collection of quotes and articles honoring the late Senator Howard Baker, Jr., who passed away Thursday at the age of 88:</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:33:22 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 20655 at http://wuot.org "The Ultimate Statesman": Tenn. Senator Howard H. Baker Dies At 88