The Knox County School Board meets Monday night to discuss a proposed career and technical education magnet school in the eastern part of the county. School leaders plan to open the facility in the fall of 2014 in a special wing of Pellissippi State Community College’s campus in Strawberry Plains.
State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) is asking the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into a poll that solicited voters' opinions of the lawmaker. Campfield says the poll, conducted last month, may have violated anti-harassment laws.
Heavier use usually translates to higher power bills over the summer. But the Tennessee Valley Authority’s part of your fuel bill this summer may actually be a little lower than usual. TVA spokesman Scott Brooks says rainfall this summer has put more water over the Tennessee Valley Authority’s 29 hydroelectric dams.
“We’re about 138 percent above normal hydrogeneration, which means 38 percent above normal generation for hydro,” he says.
Last year, a heat wave led some East Tennessee communities to postpone fireworks displays. This year, the threat of heavy rains is leading to the same result across the region. Oak Ridge, Clinton and Jefferson County are postponing 2013 celebrations. But Marci Claude, Public Relations Manager at the Knoxville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, says the threat hasn’t stopped the nation’s first Fourth of July parade.
“We cannot postpone this parade; there’s too many people involved, too much going on and the floats are being set up and decorated right now,” she says.
Officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation say they’ve demoted the deputy director of the agency’s Division of Water Resources. Sherwin Smith was demoted after telling some Mount Pleasant residents that their complaints about water quality could be considered terrorism. Smith is now in his former post with the Revolving Fund Program, which helps fund state water projects with low-interest loans.
Former Knox County Trustee John Duncan III is eligible for diversion, despite a state law.
Duncan pleaded guilty July 2nd to a felony charge of official misconduct and resigned from office. He was sentenced to one year of probation for giving more than $20,000 in bonuses to himself and other workers that he supervised. The bonuses were given for public administration coursework that was never finished.
The state is putting off a cut in payments for those collecting unemployment benefits until the end of the calendar year 2013.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development had planned to eliminate allowances of up to $50 a week for dependents of the unemployed after the move was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this year.
Governor Bill Haslam named Abbie Hudgens to lead the new division, which was created as a part of a new law. That law also removes injured workers claims from state trial courts and creates a special panel to hear those claims and appeals. The panel is appointed by the governor.
A new analysis of political contributions nationwide in 2012 shows the Haslam family as the leading political donors in Tennessee. The Sunlight Foundation has released a list of elite political donors, what it calls the “one percent of one percent”.