Fewer Tennesseans own their own homes today than before the Great Recession, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The American Community Survey (ACS) found the percentage of Tennesseans who owned a home dropped slightly, from a little more than 70 percent in 2007 to 67.5 percent in 2012. The housing crash of 2007 marked the end of a three-year period in which home ownership rates in Tennessee increased.
The first time Rick Dover stepped foot into Oak Ridge’s Alexander Inn, he fell through the floor. “It was completely rotted and it had leaking roofs and windows and a complete lack of any care or maintenance,” he says. “It was leaning and rotting and falling and it would not have gone much longer.”
Dover’s company, Family Pride Corporation, is now responsible for renovating the abandoned, dilapidated building and turning it into an assisted living facility. Dover says he hopes to open the facility in the summer of 2014.
Last summer, Tennessee state legislators requested a study on foreign-born refugees in the state but have now rejected the findings of the report. The legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee commissioned the study to try to understand the impact on Tennessee’s budget of state-funded services for refugees.
After weeks of fervent public debate, rallies, packed hearings and letters to the editor, an ordinance to extend benefits to the unmarried partners of Chattanooga city workers came down to one vote.
With a five-to-four vote, Chattanooga moved one step closer to becoming Tennessee’s third city to extend city employee benefits to gay and unmarried couples. Collegedale and Knoxville both adopted similar policies earlier this year.
Popular NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne says he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. However, the 22 year-old Knoxville native says doctors at the Mayo Clinic have cleared him to continue driving.
A Tennessee state senator wants the state to become the eleventh in the nation to legalize the growing of hemp. But he acknowledges it won't be easy.
Frank Niceley, who represents eastern Knox County, is proposing the legalization of growing hemp, mainly for industrial uses. Hemp can be used to make items ranging from medications to textiles and even plastics. But it's also a cousin of marijuana, and that connection could scare away legislative support.
Each year, the non-profit group Shared Hope International takes a comprehensive look at sex trafficking laws in each of the fifty states and grades them based on how well they’re designed to protect minors. The Protected Innocence Challenge Report Card hasn’t always been kind to Tennessee. In each of the last two years, the state received a “C”grade.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (left, gesturing) joins Knox County School Superintendent Jim McIntyre (center) and state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman (right) for a teacher appreciation event at Bearden Elementary School, November 8, 2013.
On a visit to Bearden Elementary School on Friday, Governor Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman responded to frustrations over the state's teacher evaluation process. Citing teacher surveys and a Vanderbilt report, both men said teacher satisfaction is generally good in the state.
This week, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture added Rhea and Morgan counties to a list of East Tennessee counties under quarantine after the discovery of Thousand Cankers Disease in black walnut trees.
Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) is a condition that robs black walnut trees of their nutrients. It’s transported from tree to tree by the Walnut Twig Beetle, a tiny bug that burrows into the tree, bringing with it a deadly fungus. Experts suggest the tree can die within a few years of being infected.