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Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

This weekend, Tennessee holds its annual sales tax holiday. School-related items, including electronics and clothing, will be free of state sales taxes. Sixteen other states hold similar "tax holidays," on items ranging from hurricane preparedness supplies (Alabama) to firearms (Louisiana). But while the holiday weekends are politically popular, their economic benefits appear to be slim.

It’s nearly impossible to discuss the change in downtown Knoxville over the last decade or so without Bill Lyons’ name coming up.  Since leaving a professorship at the University of Tennessee to join City Hall in 2003, the Deputy Mayor and Public Policy Director has become the gear that turns the engine of development in Knoxville’s City Center.  On our next Dialogue, Bill Lyons will join us to talk about how Knoxville's downtown has gone from a lifeless, aging hulk to a vibrant, urban destination.  We’ll hear his vision for the city’s future.  And we'll take your questions and comments.

  TVA's Norris Dam means different things to different people. Not unlike a puzzle cube, the dam's meaning and legacy change as different sides come into view. The dam was the Tennessee Valley Authority's first major project, launched within months of the agency's creation in 1933.

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Today, The Method is going batty. First up, we look at the mammalian kind of bat. There are more than 1,300 bat species, and some biologists think climate change may be the reason certain varieties are turning up in new places—including in and around Knoxville. Matt Shafer Powell reaches out to University of Tennessee Ecology and Evolutionary Biology professor Gary McCracken to see if a new habitat area might be one by-product of climate change.

  The ‪Healthy Happy Hour Block Party

Join WUOT’s TruckBeat team at the Central Collective in North Knoxville for a FREE family-friendly afternoon block party. #‎HealthyHappyHour will have fun activities for adults and kids, yoga and children's movement classes, free face-painting, a photo booth – and more!

Share your health stories and questions in the TruckBeat story truck.

Chris Hebert's second novel, Angels of Detroit, has what a stage manager would call an ensemble cast: Close to a dozen characters, all with different backgrounds, upbringings, political views and economic security. The one connection is that they are all denizens of Detroit, Michigan, a city whose best days may be in its past. Each character wrestles with ideas about the future - the city's, and their own.

The Coker Legacy

Jul 12, 2016

Jerry and Patti Coker have made a lasting impression on the Knoxville jazz scene.  Their work in jazz education has worldwide implications.  Todd Steed discusses their impact with Donald Brown, Kelle Jolly and Tom Johnson. 

The Coker Legacy

Jul 12, 2016

Jerry and Patti Coker have made a lasting impression on the Knoxville jazz scene.  Their work in jazz education has worldwide implications.  Todd Steed discusses their impact with Donald Brown, Kelle Jolly and Tom Johnson. 

Five years ago this month, the final space shuttle mission ended, and with it, America's only homegrown route to manned space flight. NASA's present and future are defined by uncertainty. But it's almost always been that way. Even during the glory days of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, NASA's existence and purpose were tied to overtly political goals. On this edition of Dialogue, an exploration of NASA and politics.

UT Sports has produced this stirring tribute to Pat Summitt's life and legacy.  You can see it here.

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