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Winter 2014
10:21 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Half Foot Of Snow in Knox Most In 21 Years

Pat Summitt's statue on the University of Tennessee campus beams with pride, despite a new hat and coat made of snow, courtesy of an overnight winter storm.
Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

Schools, government offices and even the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus are closed today in the wake of a winter storm that dumped nearly six inches of snow at McGee-Tyson airport overnight. 

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Voting Rights
4:00 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

US Attorney General Asks Tennessee And Other States To Restore Voting Rights To Ex-Felons

US Attorney General Eric Holder / February 7, 2014 / Reception for baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron in Washington, DC / Photo by Nick Wass/AP
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US Attorney General Eric Holder has asked Tennessee and 10 other states (Arizona, Florida, Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Wyoming, and Virginia) to restore voting rights to those with former felony convictions.

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Winter 2014
4:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Cell Phone Battery Often Overlooked In Winter Prep

Traffic comes to a standstill outside Atlanta, Georgia after a January 28 snowstorm caught the city, and thousands of unprepared drivers, by surprise.
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Most of the advice we hear when preparing to travel during a winter storm has remained unchanged for generations.  For instance, fill up your tank with gas, carry extra blankets, a flashlight, and some food and water. 

But here’s something Grandma never had to consider—make sure your cell phone battery is ready.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
4:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Tennessee Senate Committee To Discuss Immigration Legislation

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Tomorrow, the Tennessee Senate Education Committee will discuss legislation that would qualify undocumented immigrants for in-state tuition to the state’s universities and community colleges.

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Haslam Approval
5:09 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Haslam’s Support Falling Among Independents

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 A new poll released Monday by Middle Tennessee State University shows Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam’s popularity has fallen substantially in the last year.  The poll showed Haslam’s approval dropping from 61 percent in the Spring of 2013 to 47 percent. 

MTSU pollsters suggest the drop was primarily due to a marked decrease in support from Democrats and Independents.  Approval among Democrats fell from 52 percent to 42 percent while support from Independents dropped from 69 percent to 41 percent.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
9:13 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#5)

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Checking in on Tennessee’s 108th General Assembly... 

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey about a secret survey in the House and Governor Haslam's plan to offer free tuition to two-year community colleges and technical schools...   

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Knox County Schools
4:30 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Educators Call For Greater Control Of Finances

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, left, with Knox County School Superintendent Jim McIntyre
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A bill making its way through the legislature in Nashville would give local school districts more power over the money they receive from the governments that fund them.  Currently, schools districts like Knox have to get permission from the county before they can move large amounts of money from department to department. 

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The Arts
5:50 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

"The Whipping Man" Explores Faith, Freedom And The Brotherhood Of Man

Daver Morrison, Steve Sherman and Trammell Tillman (l to r) in a publicity still for The Whipping Man.
Credit Clarence Brown Theatre

On April 9, 1865, the surrender at Appomattox ended the Civil War. Passover began the following day. The annual Jewish observance of freedom from slavery served as a remarkable parallel in that spring of 1865, because here in the South, another freedom from slavery was forging a new social order in the embers of the old one.

That’s the setting of Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man, a play currently in production at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville.

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Drug testing
3:48 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Would Allow Drug Testing Of TN Judges

Knoxville Judge Richard Baumgartner stepped down from the bench and was disbarred in 2011 after revelations he had acquired and abused prescription painkillers.
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Two East Tennessee legislators have introduced a bill that would allow the testing of criminal court judges for illegal drug use.  The bill was created as a response to  Knoxville's 2009 Christian/Newsom murder trials, in which presiding Judge Richard Baumgartner abused painkillers while on the bench.

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Labor
6:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Haslam Voices Opposition As Union Vote Draws Near

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Less than a week before a crucial union vote at a Chattanooga auto plant, Governor Bill Haslam sent a letter to the facility's chief, expressing his opposition to unionization and questioning the fairness of the vote.

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