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Elections
6:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Costs In Judicial Retention Races Adding Up

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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.

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Crime
6:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Two Newport Officers, City Alderwoman Indicted In Stolen Goods Operation

Newport Police Capt. James Holt
Credit City of Newport

Two Newport police captains, a city alderwoman and a fourth person have been indicted on misconduct charges based on a long-running state investigation.

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Earth Science
6:42 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

U.S. Geological Survey Raises East Tennessee's Earthquake Risk

The U.S. Geological Survey's updated earthquake hazard map shows higher risks in East Tennessee than previously thought.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

When the United States Geological Survey released updated earthquake hazard maps 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 All Things Considered host (and nervous homeowner) Brandon Hollingsworth.

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Patrick Sullivan's
4:30 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Patrick Sullivan’s Iconic “Painted Ladies” To Be Auctioned Off

Credit Knox Heritage

For more than a decade, the Painted Ladies of Patrick Sullivan’s flirted with male customers at the corner of Jackson and Central in Knoxville’s Old City.  They were painted on the windows of the saloon’s second floor, each adorned with the accoutrements of an 19th century call-girl.  Their presence was an artistic wink at the bar’s raucous past, one that includes rumors that it once operated as a brothel.

The bar closed down in 2011. 

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Nashville Area Code
2:04 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Middle Tennesseans Begin Preparations For New Area Code

Credit WUOT News, Todd Steed

  Since 1995, the 615 area code has been synonymous with Nashville and its surrounding areas.  That will soon change.

Nashville’s rapid population growth and the emergence of cell phones and other communication devices means the 615 code will soon run out of phone numbers.  Beginning in March, all new phone numbers from within the existing 615 area code will contain the new code 629.

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Child Welfare
6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Annual Kids Count Report: Tennessee Child Welfare Improves

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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.

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.

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Tennessee National Parks
4:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Keeps Title As Most-Visited In U.S.

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A new report from the National Park Service and the US Geological Survey shows the Great Smoky Mountains National Park keeps its place as the most visited national park in the US, with more than 9,350,000 visitors last year.

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Oak Ridge
4:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Oak Ridge Museum Faces Uncertain Future

Credit M. Michelle Powell

  The city of Oak Ridge and the foundation that supports the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) are asking the public for ideas on how to best preserve one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. 

City officials and the AMSE Foundation are planning a community forum on Thursday, July 24 to discuss the museum’s future.

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Elections
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Early Voting For August Election Begins Today

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.

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Affordable Care Act
4:26 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Insurance Exchange Customers In TN Could See Double-Digit Increase

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

 (NOTE:  This article was updated 7.18.14 to include Humana's request for an increase)

 Knoxvillians who chose to purchase their health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are currently paying some of the lowest premiums in the country.   But those rates may soon be going up.

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