Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Music Director Lucas Richman has announced he will be leaving the orchestra following the 2014-2015 season, his 12th in Knoxville. Richman is currently under contract through 2014, but KSO officials say he has agreed to continue with the symphony an additional year.
Goods and services exported from Knoxville to markets throughout the nation and the world totaled more than $4 billion in 2012, and accounted for nearly 13 percent of East Tennessee's total exports.
Nonprofit think tank The Brookings Institution looked at economic data for 100 metro areas around the U.S. Its report, Export Nation 2013, ranked the Knoxville metro area 73rd among the group of 100, but the more significant findings showed big growth in the area's exports.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said he was disappointed that 60 local-level school superintendents across Tennessee have signed on to a letter asking Haslam to ease off on education reforms being implemented by state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. His response to that letter was both conciliatory to the school administrators and firm in favor of classroom reforms.
Michael Woodby (left) and Kevin Waggoner (right) confront each other in a video shot by Waggoner and submitted to local news outlets. Waggoner has been arrested and faces a criminal homicide charge in Woodby's death.
Another battle over Common Core education standards may be brewing in Tennessee. Tennessee’s Senate Education Committee is scheduled to review and hear testimony on new Common Core State Standards later this week. Committee chairman Dolores Gresham says the hearings will allow parents - teachers - and politicians a chance to air their concerns. Nashville’s WPLN reports local activists plan to bring a list of grievances to the meeting with particular objections to upcoming social studies standards.
The City of Knoxville tried building speed bumps and rumble strips. It put up new speed limit signs and in some cases, lowered speed limits. It even put police patrols on a rotation. But nothing seems to prevent lead-footed drivers from tearing through the city's neighborhoods and down its side streets.
So city officials are looking to residents of those neighborhoods for ideas.
Police have arrested a Crab Orchard man for the murder of four young people on Renegade Mountain in Cumberland County.
TBI investigators say they arrested 26 year-old Jacob Allen Bennett Friday. Bennett was already in custody in Rhea County after being arrested Thursday night on a parole violation. .
The bodies of Danielle Jacobson, 22, Steven Presley, 17, Dominic Davis, 17 and John Lajeunesse, 17 were discovered in a parked vehicle Thursday morning by a resident of this former resort community. All four victims had been shot to death.