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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.