News http://wuot.org en Tennessee County Unemployment Rates Rise http://wuot.org/post/tennessee-county-unemployment-rates-rise <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unemployment rates for June rose in every Tennessee county.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://www.state.tn.us/labor-wfd/"><strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Department of Labor and Workforce Development</strong></a> reports that all Tennessee counties saw a rise in unemployment last month:&nbsp; 78 counties have rates between 5 and 10% and 17 counties have rates higher than 10%.</p><p>Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 6 percent, up from 5.2% in May.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:30:00 +0000 Chrissy Keuper 21943 at http://wuot.org Tennessee County Unemployment Rates Rise Costs In Judicial Retention Races Adding Up http://wuot.org/post/costs-judicial-retention-races-adding <p>In May, when Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey announced an effort to unseat three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in this year's retention elections, some observers predicted a costly fight. Recent FCC election-season disclosures appear to bear that prediction out.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 21937 at http://wuot.org Costs In Judicial Retention Races Adding Up Two Newport Officers, City Alderwoman Indicted In Stolen Goods Operation http://wuot.org/post/two-newport-officers-city-alderwoman-indicted-stolen-goods-operation <p>Two Newport police captains, a city alderwoman and a fourth person have been indicted on misconduct charges based on a long-running state investigation.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 21882 at http://wuot.org Two Newport Officers, City Alderwoman Indicted In Stolen Goods Operation U.S. Geological Survey Raises East Tennessee's Earthquake Risk http://wuot.org/post/us-geological-survey-raises-east-tennessees-earthquake-risk <p>When the United States Geological Survey released <a href="http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/new-insight-on-the-nations-earthquake-hazards/">updated earthquake hazard maps</a> last week, media outlets here in East Tennessee quickly reported that the risk of a major shaker here in Appalachia went up. That got the attention of WUOT <em>All Things Considered</em> host (and nervous homeowner) Brandon Hollingsworth. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:42:50 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 21880 at http://wuot.org U.S. Geological Survey Raises East Tennessee's Earthquake Risk Patrick Sullivan’s Iconic “Painted Ladies” To Be Auctioned Off http://wuot.org/post/patrick-sullivan-s-iconic-painted-ladies-be-auctioned <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For more than a decade, </span><a href="https://plus.google.com/photos/110455952534717590436/albums/6028552675715355777" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Painted Ladies of Patrick Sullivan’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> flirted with male customers at the corner of Jackson and Central in Knoxville’s Old City.&nbsp; They were painted on the windows of the saloon’s second floor, each adorned with the </span>accoutrements<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of an </span>19<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century call-girl.&nbsp; Their presence was an Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 21815 at http://wuot.org Patrick Sullivan’s Iconic “Painted Ladies” To Be Auctioned Off Middle Tennesseans Begin Preparations For New Area Code http://wuot.org/post/middle-tennesseans-begin-preparations-new-area-code <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Since 1995, the 615 area code has been synonymous with Nashville and its surrounding areas.&nbsp; That will soon change.</p><p><a href="http://www.nashvillempo.org/growth/">Nashville’s rapid population growth</a> and the emergence of cell phones and other communication devices means the 615 code will soon run out of phone numbers.&nbsp; Beginning in March, all new phone numbers from within the existing 615 area code will contain the new code 629.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:04:24 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 21793 at http://wuot.org Middle Tennesseans Begin Preparations For New Area Code Annual Kids Count Report: Tennessee Child Welfare Improves http://wuot.org/post/annual-kids-count-report-tennessee-child-welfare-improves <p>An annual assessment of child well-being in the United States finds Tennessee has made some strides forward in the last decade, but not in every measure.</p><p>Tennessee's children are faring better in education and health care, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count report, issued this morning. The report compared child welfare in Tennessee according to sixteen standards measured in 2005 and again in 2012 and 2013. The state improved in ten of those 16 categories, worsened in five categories, and remained unchanged in one.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 21765 at http://wuot.org Annual Kids Count Report: Tennessee Child Welfare Improves Great Smoky Mountains National Park Keeps Title As Most-Visited In U.S. http://wuot.org/post/great-smoky-mountains-national-park-keeps-title-most-visited-us <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm"><strong>new report</strong></a> from the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/index.htm"><strong>National Park Service</strong></a> and the <a href="http://www.usgs.gov/"><strong>US Geological Survey</strong></a> shows the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm"><strong>Great Smoky Mountains National Park</strong></a> keeps its place as the most visited national park in the US, with more than 9,350,000 visitors last year.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Chrissy Keuper 21733 at http://wuot.org Great Smoky Mountains National Park Keeps Title As Most-Visited In U.S. Oak Ridge Museum Faces Uncertain Future http://wuot.org/post/oak-ridge-museum-faces-uncertain-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Oak Ridge and the foundation that supports the American Museum of Science and Energy (</span>AMSE<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) are asking the public for ideas on how to best preserve one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.&nbsp;</span></p><p>City officials and the AMSE Foundation are planning <a href="http://amse.org/city-of-oak-ridge-and-amse-foundation-to-host-community-meeting/">a community forum on Thursday, July 24</a> to discuss the museum’s future.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Matt Shafer Powell 21690 at http://wuot.org Oak Ridge Museum Faces Uncertain Future Early Voting For August Election Begins Today http://wuot.org/post/early-voting-august-election-begins-today <p>It's that time again. Primaries for many local offices were held in May, and the general election for many state and federal offices comes in November. In between is the August 7 primary, in which the Democratic and Republican parties will hold primaries for their state and federal candidates. Early voting for that primary begins today.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brandon Hollingsworth 21621 at http://wuot.org Early Voting For August Election Begins Today