News http://wuot.org en Fifty Years Ago, Strange Bedfellows Helped Break The Back Of Jim Crow http://wuot.org/post/fifty-years-ago-strange-bedfellows-helped-break-back-jim-crow <p>Half a century ago, Tennessee and other Southern states looked a little different. If you were a person of color, signs dictated the right building entrance to use, the correct water fountain, the right restroom, and more importantly, the wrong places. The places you couldn’t go. Those areas were reserved for white people only. Fifty years ago this summer – less than a lifetime ago – all that began to change. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 17712 at http://wuot.org Fifty Years Ago, Strange Bedfellows Helped Break The Back Of Jim Crow Nashville Could Be Long Shot To Host Democratic Convention http://wuot.org/post/nashville-could-be-long-shot-host-democratic-convention <p>Nashville city officials found out this week their city is one of 15 being considered as a possible host site for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. &nbsp;But Tennessee's political leanings suggest the Music City may be a long shot.</p><p>On Monday, mayors in Nashville and 14 other U.S. cities received a request for proposals from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz after organizers trimmed their initial list of choices to 15 cities. &nbsp;Each city has until June 6 to present its proposal to the DNC. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:37:00 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 17693 at http://wuot.org Nashville Could Be Long Shot To Host Democratic Convention Iran Expert Sees Little Change In Tensions Between Washington and Tehran http://wuot.org/post/iran-expert-sees-little-change-tensions-between-washington-and-tehran <p>Haleh Esfandiari knows the tense relationship between the United States and Iran from both sides. She’s an Iranian native that holds citizenship in both countries, and she established the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.</p><p>In 2007, Esfandiari was jailed for more than 100 days as Iranian officials interrogated her about her work in academia. She was released only after her 93-year-old mother turned over the deed to her apartment to authorities in Tehran.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 17649 at http://wuot.org Iran Expert Sees Little Change In Tensions Between Washington and Tehran New UT Basketball Coach Promises Clean Program, Committed Students http://wuot.org/post/new-ut-basketball-coach-promises-clean-program-committed-students <p>For University of Tennessee sports fans weary of an athletic program plagued by NCAA violations and player arrests in recent years, Donnie Tyndall’s words must have come as some measure of comfort.</p><p>“Our guys will handle themselves in the community in a first-class manner,” Tyndall proclaimed at Tuesday’s press conference, during which he was introduced as the next head coach of the men’s basketball team.&nbsp; “We’re not going to have thugs, we’re not going to have renegades as part of our program.&nbsp; It won’t happen on my watch.”</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:06:26 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 17669 at http://wuot.org New UT Basketball Coach Promises Clean Program, Committed Students Hearings Set For Grainger County Jail Employees http://wuot.org/post/hearings-set-grainger-county-jail-employees <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four former Grainger County Sheriff’s Office employees charged with misconduct will begin appearing for hearings next month. Charges vary from theft to allowing inmates to escape.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://www.tbi.state.tn.us/"><strong>Tennessee Bureau of Investigation</strong></a> says Jacob Layel stole cash while searching cells for contraband. Layel is the son of Sheriff Scott Layel and a former patrol deputy.</p><p>Tyler Farrow was indicted for having knowledge of inmates with contraband and for refraining from performing his duties.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Chrissy Keuper 17629 at http://wuot.org Hearings Set For Grainger County Jail Employees Dialogue: Social Media, Your Job & You http://wuot.org/post/dialogue-social-media-your-job-you <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With so much tweeting, posting, pinning and snap-chatting going on these days, it might be wise to step back and look at how that all that very public information reflects on you--- and your employer.&nbsp; How much say does your boss have in what </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">you</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> do on-line?&nbsp; Knoxville attorney Chris McCarty advises companies and individuals about their social media rights and he'll take your questions on our next segment of&nbsp;</span>Dialogue<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Wednesday May 7 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:19:20 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 17644 at http://wuot.org Dialogue: Social Media, Your Job & You With UAW Complaint Withdrawn, Tennessee Politicians Try For VW Expansion http://wuot.org/post/uaw-complaint-withdrawn-tennessee-politicians-try-vw-expansion <p>Tennessee's junior Senator and the mayor of Chattanooga appear eager to put a labor dispute behind them and resume a bid to enlarge Hamilton County's Volkswagen plant.</p><p>U.S. Senator Bob Corker and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke issued statements within hours of Monday's announcement that the United Auto Workers union withdrew its labor complaint against state and federal officials over alleged political interference in a February union vote. UAW said Corker, along with Gov. Bill Haslam and others, inappropriately meddled to sway the Volkswagen vote against the union.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 17617 at http://wuot.org With UAW Complaint Withdrawn, Tennessee Politicians Try For VW Expansion New Legislation Gives Morgan County Chance To Develop Former Prison http://wuot.org/post/new-legislation-gives-morgan-county-chance-develop-former-prison <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The now-closed <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brushy_Mountain_State_Penitentiary"><strong>Brushy Mountain State Prison</strong></a> could see new life from new state legislation.</span></p><p>The state decommissioned the prison in Morgan County five years ago. Now, new legislation gives the county the chance to develop the retired prison, <a href="http://brushymtngroup.com/"><strong>in a plan that includes a distillery, gift shops, and horse stables</strong></a>.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:30:00 +0000 Chrissy Keuper 17572 at http://wuot.org New Legislation Gives Morgan County Chance To Develop Former Prison Federal Labor Board To Hear UAW Complaint On Chattanooga VW Vote http://wuot.org/post/federal-labor-board-hear-uaw-complaint-chattanooga-vw-vote <p>Today, a judge with the National Labor Relations Board will convene <a href="http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/apr/20/stakes-are-high-as-nlrb-hearing-looms/?breakingnews">a hearing in Chattanooga</a> that will determine whether or not political opposition to the United Auto Workers union swayed a vote at the city's Volkswagen plant.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 17558 at http://wuot.org Federal Labor Board To Hear UAW Complaint On Chattanooga VW Vote Legislative News: Pseudoephedrine Limits / State Execution Method http://wuot.org/post/legislative-news-pseudoephedrine-limits-state-execution-method <p>The Tennessee House and Senate continue to disagree on legislation that puts annual limits on purchases of cold and allergy medications.</p><p>At the beginning of the session, Governor Bill Haslam introduced a proposal to tighten annual limits on purchases of those medications, which contain pseudoephedrine and can be used to make methamphetamine.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Chrissy Keuper 17409 at http://wuot.org Legislative News: Pseudoephedrine Limits / State Execution Method