The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports eight people have died and another 14 were injured as the result of a collision between a passenger bus, a tractor-trailer and a Chevy Tahoe SUV on westbound I-40 in Jefferson County.
The accident happened at approximately 2:00pm Wednesday near the I-81 split. The bus was carrying members of the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, NC, on their way home after attending a Christian festival in Gatlinburg.
At midnight Tuesday, funding for the National Park Service ran out. By 10:00 a.m., rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park were erecting barricades and telling campers and hikers to go home. More than 300 park service employees were sent home shortly thereafter. Tuesday afternoon, WUOT’s Christine Jessel and Brandon Hollingsworth went to the park to hear from the people the federal shutdown is affecting right in our own backyard.
Tennessee’s healthcare exchange opens today, giving private citizens a chance to purchase health insurance in a competitive market. For many, the idea of a health insurance marketplace exchange is a confusing and unfamiliar concept. To help sort some of it out, WUOT's Christine Jessel sits down with Erin Hill, Executive Director of Knoxville Area Project Access, a government-appointed “Health Care Navigator”.
When Tennessee's healthcare exchange marketplace opens today, government estimates show the state will have some of the lowest insurance premiums in the country. And federal subsidies are expected to further lessen costs for the state’s low-income buyers. But Erin Hill, executive director of Knoxville Area Project Access says because Tennessee opted not to take Medicaid expansion, some buyers will be still be shut out.
The trucking companies who say Pilot Flying J cheated them out of rebate money have been paid back. The rebate system under which the fraud took place is being dismantled. And the sales staff whose actions caught the attention of federal investigators is being rebuilt. Those are a few of things pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam said have changed in the five-and-a-half months since FBI and IRS investigators raided company headquarters.
Tennessee Department of Education officials will be in East Knox County today to launch a state-funded pilot program that will pick up the tab for some high school students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Successful completion of the $89 end-of-course exams is a requirement for students hoping to get college credit for their AP classes.
On this edition of The Method, we meet Josh Emery, a planetary scientist who just found out that not all is as it seems in the heavens above. And then, it's back down to Earth with environmental writer Bill McKibben, who argues that we either need to save the planet or start thinking about calling it something else.
Uncertainty over budget cuts means job reductions at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason told staff yesterday that as many as 475 jobs could be lost, though the number will most likely be lower. Mason announced a “voluntary separation program” with financial incentives for employees who willingly leave their jobs.
That program is effective October 1st; employees can apply until November 14th.