When early voting begins this week, Tennesseans will be asked to approve or reject four proposed amendments to the state constitution. All this week, WUOT News will give you a voter’s guide to each of these amendments.
Our series begins Monday, October 13, with the path a constitutional amendment takes from idea to the ballot box. University of Tennessee College of Law dean Doug Blaze spoke with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth.
Representatives from WUOT were on-hand Monday October 6 to receive a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from the Radio-Television Digital News Association. NBC's Lester Holt presented the award to Director of News Content Matt Shafer Powell for Best Documentary in the Small Market Radio Division. The winning entry "I'm Still Here: My HIV Life" was produced by Powell, Leslie Snow and Todd Steed, who composed the music.
Here in East Tennessee, our thoughts turn to sunny days and cool nights as autumn sets in. But you might be surprised to learn September is typically the peak month for tropical weather, including hurricanes. Today, meteorologists use all kinds of modern tools to track hurricanes from start to finish. University of Tennessee researcher Kelsey Scheitlin goes a different route.
Val Tanco and Sophy Jesty were married three years ago in New York, a state where their same-sex marriage is legally recognized. Then they moved to Tennessee, a state where it’s not. Their legal challenge to Tennessee’s gay marriage law is part of a national movement changing the conversation about
WUOT is participating in a research project from the University of South Carolina, and we need your input. The study is designed to learn more about people who listen to NPR programs. Findings may help determine if a sense of community among listeners affects support for public radio, and can provide direction on how stations can be more involved in the communities we serve.
Mark O'Connor is widely regarded as one of the most versatile musicians of modern times. He is a violinist, fiddle champion, composer, educator, and, at least in the 70's, a rock star (as heard in The Dixie Dregs). His playing styles encompass virtually all genres, including bluegrass, jazz, classical, and country...to name just a few. But he also fuses those styles together in his own compositions and improvisations to create music that's entirely new, but distinctly American.
Two years ago, an audit found that Tennessee Department of Corrections officers were turning in paperwork showing that they were conducting regular check-up visits to 82 parolees under their supervision.
The problem? The 82 parolees in question were dead.
Auditors also found that regular visits to living parolees weren't being conducted regularly, and there was no strong system for supervisors to keep tabs on officer parole visits.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just released its fourth edition of a report on education effectiveness and Governor Bill Haslam said though the state’s status in academic achievement is improving, there’s a significant amount of work still to come.
The national report uses 11 areas to analyze effectiveness, including academic achievement for low-income and minority students and workforce readiness.
Though they come from different political backgrounds, Bill Haslam and Phil Bredesen have a few things in common. They both know what's like to run the state of Tennessee. Both are considered moderate representatives of their respective parties. And both of them support a proposed amendment to Tennessee's constitution that would alter the way appellate court judges are selected.