11:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

WUOT Honored With Prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award


  WUOT has been recognized by the Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) with the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

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2014 Men's Health Report Card
4:30 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Men's Mortality In TN Often Determined By Race, Geography


  The way in which a man dies in Tennessee may have to do with where he lives.  Or the color of his skin.  

A new report by Vanderbilt University, Meharry Medical College and the Tennessee Department of Health shows a man's mortality is affected by several factors.  Some, like tobacco use and lifestyle are predictable indicators of a man's death.  But others, like ethnicity and geography are less obvious.

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4:18 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

TN Health Officials Investigating Possible Cases Of Mosquito-borne Virus

The aedes aegypti mosquito is known to transfer the chikungunya virus, as well as Dengue and other yellow fever viruses.
Credit James Gathany/CDC Public Health Image Library

  The Tennessee Department of Health announced today it is investigating several possible cases of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that produces high fever and painful swelling in the muscles and joints.  There is no vaccine nor has a successful method of treatment been developed yet.   Symptoms can usually go away within a week, but some victims have reported pain for years after infection.

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6:03 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Carr Campaign Plans Amended Financial Disclosure After Questions From FEC

Credit Joe Carr for Senate

State Senator Joe Carr's campaign plans to file an amended financial disclosure form to answer a request for clarification from the Federal Election Commission.

At issue is a $9,600 donation from a Nashville-based LLC, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. If that company is considered a corporation, its contribution would violate federal campaign finance rules. If it isn't, then the donation would be allowed.

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Tennessee Agriculture
4:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

More Tennessee Counties Added To Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has added six counties to a quarantine of ash trees and ash tree products.

Putnam County in Middle Tennessee, and the state’s five most northeastern counties (Sullivan, Washington, Unicoi, Carter, Johnson), have all been added to a quarantine that prohibits the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock, ash timber, and other material.

Now, 27 Tennessee counties are under that quarantine.

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Law and Government
5:56 am
Mon June 9, 2014

State Attorney Steve Bebb Retires

10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Bebb.
Credit Chattanooga Times Free Press

The state prosecutor whose jurisdiction covers McMinn, Monroe, Bradley and Polk counties is stepping down at the end of this month. 10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Bebb is retiring two months before the official end of his term, and two years after a series of press reports raised questions about his conduct in office.

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4:24 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Transportation Officials Respond To Uptick In Cycle Traffic

Credit Matt Moon, WUOT News

You may have noticed an increase in bicycles and pedestrians in your neighborhood, or on your morning commute.  Biking to work or for recreation has nearly doubled nationally over the last decade, according to U.S. census data.  That increased bike traffic has created the need for more accommodations for cyclists in and around Knoxville. 

That’s where the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization comes in.

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Nuclear Security
5:50 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

NNSA Chief Working To Avoid Repeat Of 2012 Y-12 Break-In

NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz is pictured at his swearing-in ceremony, April 17, 2014.
Credit National Nuclear Security Administration

In April, General Frank Klotz became the fourth person to head the National Nuclear Security Administration. NNSA oversees the security of nuclear materials at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge and at other sites across the United States.

This week, he made his first official visit to Y-12. As the second anniversary of a high-profile security breach approaches, Klotz spoke with WUOT All Things Considered anchor Brandon Hollingsworth about what changes have been made since the break-in, Y-12’s role in the future of nuclear weapons production and more.

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6:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Knox Charter School Application Approved

Opponents of a proposed charter school listen to State Rep. Gloria Johnson speak at a rally on Market Square, June 4, 2014.
Credit Gerald Witt/Knoxville News Sentinel

By the fall of 2015, Knox County's first charter school could open its doors to students. That's the Emerald Youth Foundation's plan, after receiving approval from the Knox County Board of Education to move ahead with the school.

School board members voted 7-1 Wednesday night to approve Emerald's charter application. Superintendent Jim McIntyre recommended the board sign off on the proposal last week. Emerald's application was just the second to receive the school system's blessing. The first failed to raise enough money to open.

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3:51 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Study Advises Against TVA Sale

Credit WUOT News, Matt Moon

A study by the financial services firm Lazard suggests the federal government’s sale of the Tennessee Valley Authority could be expensive, disruptive and current TVA customers might end up paying more for electricity.

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