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GSMNP
4:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Ditmanson Hanging Up Hat After 10 Years At GSMNP

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When Dale Ditmanson moved from Philadelphia in 2004 to take over the Superintendent duties at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, he received a valuable bit of advice from former superintendent Karen Wade.  “She told me, ‘be prepared to be embraced by the community,’” Ditmanson says.

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Public Safety
6:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Tennessee Traffic Fatalities Fall in 2013

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Traffic-related deaths on Tennessee highways in 2013 fell nearly three percent from the previous year, and state public safety officials credit heightened patrols with the difference.

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Tennessee Human Rights Commission
4:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Statewide Discrimination Hearings To Begin This Month

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The Tennessee Human Rights Commission will begin holding statewide hearings this month. The Commission is calling for testimony about incidents of discrimination. Written and spoken testimony will be taken at public hearings, which begin January 28th at Rhodes College in Memphis.

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Tennessee State Legislation
4:00 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

A New Year Means New State Laws

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One law going into effect tomorrow is called the “Breast Density Inform Law”. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed it into law last year.

The law requires that any patient whose mammogram shows dense breast tissue be informed that dense tissue could hide small abnormalities and that supplemental screening may be necessary. Last March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added breast density to the list of risk factors for developing breast cancer.

Tennessee is the 8th state to pass a breast density law.

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ORNL
4:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

ORNL Employees Preparing To Leave Lab At Year’s End

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For some employees of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, these last few days of December are bittersweet.  As of January 1, they’ll no longer be employed at the lab.

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Tennessee Tax Revenue
5:30 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Amazon.com To Begin Collecting Tennessee Sales Taxes

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Online retailing giant Amazon.com will start collecting state sales taxes January 1st and state officials expect a giant boost in revenue as a result.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Method: Our 35th Annual Holiday Special

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It's holiday time here at The Method! Join Brandon, Chrissy and Christine around the fireplace as they reminisce on the most memorable science stories from the past year. Our stocking stuffers include the world invented by Thomas Edison, cave art from Tennessee's first residents, and the science of moonshine. So pour a mug of hot cider and join us for a holly jolly salute to the year in science.

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Tennessee Lottery Scholarships
4:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Record Tennessee Lottery Proceeds Mean Record Scholarship Funding

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Tennesseans spent record amounts to play the state lottery this year and that will mean record amounts for scholarships this academic year.

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High School Equivalency
4:30 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Tennessee To Offer Alternative To GED Starting In 2014

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 Since 1942, the General Education Development (GED) exam has been a valuable tool for students who didn’t earn a traditional high school diploma.  But recent changes in the administration of the exam have moved the state of Tennessee to offer an alternative.

The changes began in earnest when Pearson VUE, the company that administers the exam, announced the cost of the exam would increase in Tennessee from $75 to $120.  More importantly, it would only be available on-line.  

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Health: Mental Illness / Substance Abuse
4:00 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Federal Health Care Law Could Mean Help For Mental Ilness And Substance Abuse In Tennessee

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Starting January 1st, the Affordable Care Act will include care for mental illness and substance abuse.

The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says that means all insurance plans must cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, prescription drugs, rehabilitative, prevention and wellness services. Pre-existing conditions will be included.

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