The president of Middle Tennessee State University says he's all for expanding access to higher education in the state. But Sidney McPhee also says the proposed "Tennessee Plan" that aims to make two-year college tuition free for students could hurt some students at four-year institutions.
The Tennessee House has approved legislation requiring Governor Bill Haslam to get legislative approval if he decides to expand the state’s Medicaid program, TennCare. Meanwhile, the Governor is still working on an expansion compromise with the federal government.
Three years into a lengthy renovation process, and four days ahead of schedule, drivers will now be able to use two northbound and two southbound lanes of Knoxville's historic Henley Street Bridge.
The additional lanes opened Monday afternoon, ahead of a February 28 deadline. For the time being, one side of the bridge will still be closed as additional work continues, so the four lanes of traffic will share close company.
The retrial of a former Campbell County Comprehensive High School student accused of shooting and killing an assistant principal in 2005 begins this week, more than eight years after the original crime was committed.
On November 8, 2005, Kenneth Bartley Jr. was 14 years old when he allegedly pulled out a gun and began shooting during a meeting with three administrators at his school. Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce were wounded. Assistant Ken Bruce was killed.
For the past five years, Oak Ridge city officials and school board leaders have been trying to figure out how much financial weight each side must bear in paying off the debt incurred in renovating Oak Ridge High School. Now, two of those officials say they think they're hammered out an acceptable deal.
The details of of the plan proposed by Oak Ridge city manager Mark Watson and school superintendent Bruce Borchers will be unveiled at a midday meeting between municipal and school system leaders, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Connecting with a kind of spirituality found in nature is a complicated thing. It’s simultaneously new age and one of society’s oldest ideas. It is woven into the fabric of Eastern philosophy, but almost unheard of in Western religions traditions. It’s at once intensely personal, but finding growing popularity among the public.