Tennessee has been named one of three states to receive a million-dollar grant to address the length of time it takes for a college student to graduate.
In most of the state’s four-year colleges and universities, it takes the average student about five years to earn a bachelor’s degree. And it takes the average student at a two-year college approximately four years to earn an associate’s degree.
As Holiday shopping seasons go, this has been a strange one.
For starters, Thanksgiving came six days later this year than last. “That’s significant,” says Ann Fairhurst, a retail professor and head of the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management at the University of Tennessee. “That’s six fewer days that the retailers have to capture those dollars and so they’re really pushing promotions all the way to Christmas.”
It was one of the darkest moments in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s long history.
Residents of the Swan Pond community living near the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant awoke early on the morning of December 22, 2008 to a sea of gray sludge barreling its way through the community. More than a billion gallons of coal ash being stored in a nearby pond had broken through a retaining wall and blanketed more than 300 acres around the plant, destroying homes, killing fish and filling local waterways with a thick muck laden with toxic materials.
Tennessee's unemployment rate saw its biggest month-to-month improvement since 2010 last month, and one economist says the improvement is real.
The statewide jobless rate clocked in at 8.1 percent in November, according to figures released Thursday from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The rate is still far above pre-recession levels, but it represents a drop of nearly half a percentage point since October, the biggest single downward shift in unemployment measured since April 2010.
An important link to Oak Ridge’s nuclear history no longer exists.
This morning, crews completed the demolition of the K-25 plant, the giant U-shaped building that once served as the nation’s main source of bomb-grade uranium. At the time it was built, the K-25 plant was the world’s largest building under one roof.
Two East Tennessee community health and services agencies plan to join forces starting New Year's Day. The Helen Ross McNabb Center and the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee (SACET) will merge on January 1, according to a press release.
SACET will operate as a division within the McNabb Center. It serves victims of sexual assault in a 15-county region of East Tennessee, in addition to services that include community education, advocacy and therapy.
The ultimate goal is to bring the services provided by SACET and McNabb under one roof, strengthening both agencies.
If you’re looking for one of the positive by-products of the Great Recession, consider the fact that holiday travel dropped off substantially in 2009. That means those who did venture out on the open road found it decidedly less crowded.
Those days are gone.
AAA’s National Travel Forecast suggests a record 94.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday season. That’s a .6% increase and represents the fifth consecutive year of increases in travel volume.