News http://wuot.org en 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 Well-known Knoxville Attorney Arrested On Drug Charges http://wuot.org/post/well-known-knoxville-attorney-arrested-drug-charges <p>Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation <a href="http://tbinews.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/defense-attorney-arrested-charged-in-tbi-case/">arrested prominent defense attorney Bruce Poston</a> this morning at the City-County Building. &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.postondefense.com/">Poston</a> is being charged with illegally delivering painkillers on two separate occasions to the wife of a former client.&nbsp; He’s also charged with one attempted delivery. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:01:27 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 17327 at http://wuot.org Well-known Knoxville Attorney Arrested On Drug Charges 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 Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#14) http://wuot.org/post/capitol-hill-update-tom-humphrey-14 <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey catch up on what's happening in the Tennessee General Assembly…</span></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:54:39 +0000 Chrissy Keuper 17258 at http://wuot.org Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#14) City To Roll Out Latest Vision For Magnolia Avenue This Week http://wuot.org/post/city-roll-out-latest-vision-magnolia-avenue-week <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Knoxville city officials and consultants will <a href="http://www.cityofknoxville.org/Press_Releases/Content/2014/0404e.asp">unveil their latest designs</a> for the Magnolia Avenue </span>Streetscapes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Project on Wednesday, part of an effort to revitalize an area that’s suffered from years of deterioration and neglect.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 17167 at http://wuot.org City To Roll Out Latest Vision For Magnolia Avenue This Week Number Of Tennessee Children With Health Insurance Rises http://wuot.org/post/number-tennessee-children-health-insurance-rises <p></p><p>More Tennessee children have health insurance.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/"><strong>Robert Wood Johnson Foundation</strong></a> reports that the number of uninsured children in Tennessee fell by 4.4% between the years of 2008 and 2012.</p><p>The biggest change was seen in Tennessee’s Hispanic children: &nbsp;the number without insurance fell from 27.8% in 2008 to 14.8% in 2012.</p><p>In 2012, 5.9% of children of all racial groups in Tennessee had no insurance, less than the national average of 7.5%.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Chrissy Keuper 17092 at http://wuot.org Number Of Tennessee Children With Health Insurance Rises 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 Tenn. House Passes Weaker Version Of Anti-Meth Bill http://wuot.org/post/tenn-house-passes-weaker-version-anti-meth-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If the Tennessee General Assembly had passed Governor Bill </span>Haslam’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> version of the Anti-Meth Production Act, it would have created some of the toughest </span>pseudoephedrine<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and ephedrine purchase restrictions in the country.&nbsp; But pressure from the pharmaceutical lobby and others who claim the bill would inconvenience law-abiding </span>pseudoephedrine<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> users convinced the governor to lower his expectations.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:59:32 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 17059 at http://wuot.org Tenn. House Passes Weaker Version Of Anti-Meth Bill Dialogue: The Latest Data On Homelessness In Knoxville-Knox County http://wuot.org/post/dialogue-latest-data-homelessness-knoxville-knox-county <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/kkchcoalition/"><strong>Knoxville-Knox County Homelessness Coalition</strong></a> was formed in 1986 to study homelessness in the area and to determine and coordinate services available to the homeless.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every two years, the Coalition presents a study on homelessness we'll hear the results of that study, along with the details of the City of Knoxville's latest plan to address homelessness</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:34:50 +0000 Chrissy Keuper 17046 at http://wuot.org Dialogue: The Latest Data On Homelessness In Knoxville-Knox County 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