It's often been said that numbers don't lie. Perhaps not, but that doesn't mean they always tell the truth.
Tennessee's unemployment rate has been stuck above the national average for quite some time, despite improvements in the job market in the wake of the recession. The state jobless rate for March, for instance, clocked in at 6.3 percent, with the national average at 5.5 percent. But that doesn't necessarily mean Tennessee is beset by a mysterious economic force that depresses hiring.
Marian Wright Edelman is a civil rights activist and attorney; she was the first African-American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar; and in 1973, she founded the Children’s Defense Fund. She was in Knoxville recently and she told WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper that the civil rights movement in this country has never ended…
The Tennessee Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether death row inmates can challenge the constitutionality of electrocution as a method of execution. The hearings stem from a lawsuit against the state by 34 death row inmates.
Knoxville and the communities that surround the Great Smoky Mountains have been dealing with dreadfully poor air quality for generations.
In recent years, however, the news has actually been encouraging.
A combination of tighter restrictions on air polluters and the migration away from coal as a fuel source by utilities like the TVA means the air is actually cleaner and healthier here than it has been in decades.
Wilma Dunaway studied sociology at the University of Tennessee, is a professor at Virginia Tech, and is a specialist on how post-Civil War Appalachia became part of global capitalism. Dunaway told WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper that her knowledge of Appalachia came from studies of economic and political systems all over the world…
The Knoxville Opera is putting together a production of Verdi's romantic drama, Il Trovatore. Performances are Friday, April 24th at 8pm and Sunday, April 26th at 2:30. Maestro Salesky will host an opera preview 45 minutes prior to each performance and opera fans who find themselves without a companion to see the opera are encouraged to inquire about KO's new program, the "Sempre Opera Society." Il Trovatore will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.