Former Knox County Trustee John Duncan III will face sentencing August 15, 2013, after pleading guilty to official misconduct, a felony.
Duncan got a one-year probationary term as part of his plea deal. Now, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that he’s seeking a judicial diversion, meaning his record would be erased as long as he obeys the law during that one-year period.
Four gay and lesbian couples approached county clerks' offices in Shelby, Davidson and Wilson Counties Wednesday to apply for a marriage license.
Each couple was turned down, but none were surprised. In fact, that was the idea.
The couples were taking the necessary first step toward a possible legal challenge of Tennessee's constitutional amendment that defines a legal marriage as "the relationship of one man and one woman." In order to challenge the amendment, someone has to claim his or her rights were denied.
On Wednesday, Governor Bill Haslam traveled to Knoxville to talk about a new initiative to improve the health of the state’s residents. Healthier Tennessee will marshal local public health departments, school systems, healthcare providers and others to encourage Tennesseans to get more exercise and eat healthier foods. Haslam acknowledges asking people to change their lifestyles and habits on the basic level will take a while to accomplish.
The Tennessee Department of Education has released another round of ratings under a new accountability system for the state’s schools. It’s the second time the Tennessee Department of Education has graded schools under a 2011 waiver from federal benchmarks set in No Child Left Behind. Under the new system, districts and schools are identified as exemplary - in need of subgroup improvement - or in need of improvement. The system-wide report released this week shows three Tennessee school districts were considered in need of improvement, none were in East Tennessee.
A 19-year veteran of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority has indicated she may challenge Governor Bill Haslam's 2014 re-election bid. Sara Kyle's comments to the Tennessean suggest she is weighing her options and would consider any position in which she could "be of service and help the Democrats move forward."
The Knoxville Police Department reports that no one has been arrested for most of the July shootings in Knoxville. KPD Chief David Rausch says that means victims and witnesses aren't cooperating with investigations and that cooperation usually leads to successful prosecutions.