On December 18, 2014, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced Tennessee's preliminary unemployment rate (seasonably-adjusted) fell 3/10 of a percentage point from October's rate of 7.1%.
The Tennessee rate is a full percentage point higher than the November's national rate of 5.8%.
This chart shows how Tennessee's unemployment rate has fared since the early days of the Great Recession:
The atomic bombs that detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 brought a horrific, devastating war to a close.
But it also represented the instant and complete annihilation of two cities, the brutal death of approximately 185,000 Japanese civilians* and the dawn of the nuclear weapons age.
In the 69 years since the first bomb fell over Hiroshima, pro- and anti-nuclear forces have used these two points to engage each other in a heated debate over the ethical necessity of nuclear weapons and their proliferation.
This time of year, neighborhoods throughout East Tennessee are breaking out the hot cocoa and Christmas tunes to celebrate the spirit of community and togetherness that many of them enjoy throughout the year.
It’s a sentiment that’s easy to take for granted. Unless you live in a place like Five Points.
On Monday, Governor Bill Haslam formally announced his long-awaited compromise plan to provide health coverage to uninsured Tennesseans. It’s called Insure Tennessee, and though it’s been a year-and-a-half in the making, it’s not a done deal yet.
Bobby Allyn, a reporter with WPLN, Nashville Public Radio, joined WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth to talk about Insure Tennessee and how it will work.
In rare circumstances, a person can point to a single moment in which their eyes were opened to an event that changed his life. For John McCutcheon, the moment was in his family's living room on a hot afternoon in August 1963. He was eleven.
There are many holiday specials scheduled for this month beginning with An Afro Blue Christmas on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Other programs include A Chanticleer Christmas on Dec. 18 at 9 p.m., St. Olaf Christmas Festival on Dec. 23 at 8 p.m., and Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, on Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. The ever-popular Paul Winters Solstice Concertis planned for Friday, Dec. 19, at 10 p.m.