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East TN jobs
4:14 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

East TN Employers Demanding More STEM Skills

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  If you’re interested in doing sales in East Tennessee, there are still plenty of opportunities.  At the same time, it wouldn’t hurt to brush up on your science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. 

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Tennessee Military
3:30 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Fort Campbell Predicted To Lose Big In US Army Budget Cuts

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A report detailing the “worst-case” scenarios finds US Army posts and surrounding communities nationwide would lose up to 80% of military and civilian workforces, including Fort Campbell. The report predicts the effects of maximum cuts in both budget and force size at the end of the decade. The aim is to trim the size of the US military from a 2012 level of 562,000 to 420,000 by 2020.

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
4:30 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Majority Of State’s NAS Cases Originate In East TN

A WUOT News analysis of Tennessee Department of Health data on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) shows a large majority of the cases reported in Tennessee so far this year have come from the east side of the state.

As of the end of June, regional health departments throughout the state had reported a total of 463 cases, 296 of which originated in East Tennessee.  Middle Tennessee reported 131 cases and West Tennessee reported 36.

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Independence Day
4:30 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Fire Marshal's Advice: Leave The Fireworks To The Pros

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 Tennessee State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak has one bit of advice for the amateur pyro-technicians poised to light those fireworks tonight.

Leave it to the pros.

 “We would encourage you to enjoy the holiday at a public display presented by trained professionals, where compliance with state-of-the-art fire codes offers a safer way to celebrate our nation’s independence," McPeak says.

McPeak certainly isn’t the first fire marshal to warn amateurs to stay away from fireworks.  But she does make her case with a couple of pertinent statistics. 

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Healthcare
6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

White House Report Urges Tennessee Medicaid Expansion

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 More than 230,000 Tennesseans could see better access to heath services and avoid big medical bills if the state expanded its TennCare rolls, according to a new federal report.

The analysis from the White House Council of Economic Advisors looked at data from the 26 states that have expanded Medicaid rolls, and from the 24 states that haven't. It estimated nearly 11,000 Tennesseans could face potentially steep out-of-pocket expenses for their health care, and perhaps more than 33,000 would have to borrow money to pay medical bills.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

State Board Of Education Reverses Course On Teacher Licensing

Acting on a directive from the Tennessee General Assembly, the state board of education voted Monday to break away from a controversial policy that tied student test scores to teacher licensing.

The board approved changes that would instead offer rewards to educators who consistently perform well on state-mandated job evaluations. Those who score three or above on the five-point evaluation scale across a number of years would receive professional development credits that would help them advance their careers and maintain their licenses.

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Tennessee Teen Health
4:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Tennessee Teens Report Risky Behavior

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A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that Tennessee teenagers are using heroin and shooting up drugs at twice the national average. The bi-annual Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Report is based on surveys of high school students between September 2012 and December 2013.                                

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Plans Set For Baker Viewing, Burial

Former U.S. Senator Howard Baker (left), pictured with former Senator Bob Dole in 2012.
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The public will have a chance to pay final respects to a Tennessee statesman Monday, ahead of a funeral scheduled for the following day.

Former Senator Howard Baker will lie in repose in the rotunda of the public policy center that bears his name in Knoxville. The public will be allowed to view the casket containing Baker's body from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy on Cumberland Avenue.

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Science and Society
5:50 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Method: Science At The Mall

The SPECTRUM solar energy exhibit in Knoxville Center Mall.
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Imagine walking through your local mall and finding, amid the stores and food courts, a science museum. That's what happened to Brandon Hollingsworth recently. For this month's edition of The Method, Brandon returned to that exhibit, called SPECTRUM, and went inside this portable museum of solar power.

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Politics
6:26 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Former Colleagues Remember Howard Baker

Former Sen. Pete Domenici (left) and Senate staffer Bill Hoagland.
Credit Bipartisan Policy Center

Former senator, ambassador and presidential chief of staff Howard Baker died Thursday, June 26, at his home in Huntsville. He was 88.

Two men who knew Baker well -- former New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici and Senate staffer Bill Hoagland -- spoke with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth. They shared their memories of working with Baker, and how his role as mediator helped Congress conduct the business of the nation.

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