Brandon Hollingsworth http://wuot.org en U.S. House Democrats Open Inquiry Into Chattanooga VW Union Vote http://wuot.org/post/us-house-democrats-open-inquiry-chattanooga-vw-union-vote <p>The Haslam administration's role in opposing unionization at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant is at the center of <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2014/04/16/u-s-house-democrats-investigating-haslams.html">an inquiry launched by Democrats in the U.S. House</a>.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 17395 at http://wuot.org U.S. House Democrats Open Inquiry Into Chattanooga VW Union Vote One Year On, Still Unanswered Questions In Pilot Probe http://wuot.org/post/one-year-still-unanswered-questions-pilot-probe <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A year ago this week, federal agents from the FBI and the IRS raided the Knoxville headquarters of the nation’s largest truck stop chain. It soon became known that Pilot Flying J was being investigated for a long-running rebate fraud scheme that may have cheated many of the company’s commercial clients out of millions of dollars.</span></p><p>To date, ten Pilot employees have pleaded guilty in connection with the rebate fraud, and the company is still working to burnish its public image. And the federal investigation continues.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 17391 at http://wuot.org One Year On, Still Unanswered Questions In Pilot Probe School Voucher Proposal Dies In House http://wuot.org/post/school-voucher-proposal-dies-house <p>Proponents of a limited school voucher program will have to take another stab at the issue next year. On Tuesday, the bill was taken out of consideration in the Tennessee House, ending its chances for approval in the waning legislative session.</p><p>Time was running out to secure votes and shepherd the proposal to a House vote, Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) told colleagues on the House Finance Committee on Tuesday. He removed the bill from the committee's calendar, killing it for the year.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 17346 at http://wuot.org School Voucher Proposal Dies In House Gov. Haslam Likely to Sign Charter Authorizer Into Law http://wuot.org/post/gov-haslam-likely-sign-charter-authorizer-law <p>Governor Bill Haslam is expected to sign into law a bill that would allow the Tennessee Board of Education to overrule local rejections of charter school applications.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 17297 at http://wuot.org Gov. Haslam Likely to Sign Charter Authorizer Into Law Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Money Going To Local Anti-Smoking Efforts http://wuot.org/post/tennessee-tobacco-settlement-money-going-local-anti-smoking-efforts <p>Counties across Tennessee are now receiving the first wave of money from a $15 million tobacco lawsuit settlement. The money will be targeted at reducing tobacco use among children and expectant mothers, along with cutting down on secondhand smoke.</p><p>Today and Friday, pubic health officials in Anderson, Roane and Loudon counties will be the latest to receive their first share of the money that was awarded to Tennessee as part of a 2012 settlement with the nation's largest tobacco producers.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 17076 at http://wuot.org Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Money Going To Local Anti-Smoking Efforts Economist: Tennessee Budget Crunch A Long-Term Problem http://wuot.org/post/economist-tennessee-budget-crunch-long-term-problem <p>Last week, Governor Bill Haslam announced a package of proposed budget cuts that would trim more than $300 million in state spending in the remainder of fiscal year 2014 and all of FY 2015. The news comes amid tax revenues falling short of projected levels, and after months of good news for Tennessee’s economy. So what explains the sudden financial scramble in Nashville?</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 16988 at http://wuot.org Economist: Tennessee Budget Crunch A Long-Term Problem Campbell County School Shooter Free, Denied Judicial Diversion http://wuot.org/post/campbell-county-school-shooter-free-denied-judicial-diversion <p>The man convicted of killing a Campbell County school administrator and wounding two others in 2005 walked out of a Jacksboro courtroom on Monday a free man. Kenneth Bartley, now more than eight years removed from the shooting that killed assistant principal Ken Bruce and wounded Gary Seale and Jim Pierce, apologized to the families of his victims at the sentencing hearing.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 16964 at http://wuot.org Campbell County School Shooter Free, Denied Judicial Diversion Haslam Appoints East TN Judge To Supreme Court http://wuot.org/post/haslam-appoints-east-tn-judge-supreme-court <p>Kingsport native <a href="http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/courts/court-criminal-appeals/judges/jeffrey-s-bivins-1">Jeff Bivins</a> has been tapped to fill an upcoming vacancy on Tennessee's highest court. Governor Bill Haslam made the announcement Thursday.</p><p>Bivins is slated to succeed Justice <a href="http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/courts/supreme-court/judges/william-c-koch">Bill Koch</a>, who plans to step down in July to become the next dean of the Nashville School of Law. Koch has been on the state Supreme Court since 2007, and has taught at the law school for the past 14 years.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 16819 at http://wuot.org Haslam Appoints East TN Judge To Supreme Court 35 Years After Three Mile Island, Selling Nuclear As Nation's Energy Future http://wuot.org/post/35-years-after-three-mile-island-selling-nuclear-nations-energy-future <p>It didn’t get a lot of attention, but last Friday, March 28, was the 35th anniversary of the nuclear emergency at the Three Mile Island plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. That incident, perhaps more so than any other, shaped the way Americans feel about nuclear energy in their communities. Today, former Dallas mayor and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk is trying to change opinions on nuclear power through his work with the advocacy group <a href="http://casenergy.org/">CASEnergy</a>. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 16797 at http://wuot.org 35 Years After Three Mile Island, Selling Nuclear As Nation's Energy Future Friday Court Hearing Will Determine Immunity Of Court Clerk Employees http://wuot.org/post/friday-court-hearing-will-determine-immunity-court-clerk-employees <p>A Knox County judge will determine this week whether the staff of Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey is legally immune to liabilities stemming from mistakes made in McCroskey's office.</p><p>Last October, reports began surfacing of wrongful arrests, unlawful detentions and other problems that were eventually traced back to errors made in McCroskey's office. One of the people arrested by mistake, Jodi White, is now <a href="http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/2014/01/10/criminal-court-clerk/4407255/">suing the county for civil damages</a>.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 16649 at http://wuot.org Friday Court Hearing Will Determine Immunity Of Court Clerk Employees