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4:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

State Board Of Education Will Weigh Alternative Plan

Tennessee Education Association CEO Carolyn Crowder, Tennessee Education Association President Gera Summerford and Hamilton County Education Association President Sandy Hughes, from left, speak to reporters and editors of the Chattanooga Times Free Press (01/21/14) / Photo by John Rawlston
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Last year, the State Board of Education approved a plan that ties teacher licenses to student test performance, but the number of complaints is leading the board to consider alternative plans.

Officials with the Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee's largest teachers group, are touring the state in an attempt to reverse that policy, saying it puts jobs on the line and livelihoods at risk.

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Propane
4:11 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Governor Temporarily Eases Restrictions On Propane Delivery

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With propane in short supply and Tennessee bracing for another arctic cold snap, Governor Bill Haslam has issued an Executive Order that should speed up propane delivery over the next few days.

The State of Emergency declaration means truckers hauling propane in Tennessee are now allowed to exceed federal limits on the amount of time they spend on the road.   Currently, those regulations restrict propane drivers to 70 hours per week, with no more than 11 hours on the road at a time.  They must also leave 10 consecutive hours between shifts.

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Education Legislation
4:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Bi-Partisan Efforts Could Delay Common Core In Tennessee

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Some state lawmakers are introducing legislation that would put a hold on Common Core education standards and tests in Tennessee.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Knox Board Of Education To Hear Teacher Concerns Tonight

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Since October, Knox County educators have been voicing frustrations about evaluations, curriculum requirements and work conditions, voices that grew louder as fall turned winter. In December, school officials announced the creation of an ad-hoc group composed of teachers and administrators to hear those concerns and report back to the board. That report is expected tonight.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
6:06 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#2)

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(Episode 2)

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey about the latest news from the Tennessee General Assembly.

Last week, the legislature introduced education and gun legislation... 

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University of Tennessee
6:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Open Government Advocates Concerned About UT Athletic Board's Closed-Door Meetings

Credit Matt Shafer Powell

A board that makes recommendations about the direction of the University of Tennessee's athletic department reversed a longstanding policy last year, leading to closed-door meetings, little written documentation and questions from the press and transparency advocates.

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Suicide
12:39 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Suicides Rival Traffic Deaths In Tennessee

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  For years, motor vehicle accidents represented the leading cause of injury death in Tennessee, with suicides running a distant second.  The Status of Suicide in Tennessee 2014 report released this week by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network suggests the two are now about equal.

In 2012, the last year in which state-specific data are available, 958 Tennesseans died on the roads.  That same year, 956 took their own lives.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

School Voucher Proposal Gets Second Chance

Governor Bill Haslam will try again to shepherd his proposal for a limited school voucher program through the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

The larger points of the proposal Haslam presented on Thursday are virtually identical to the bill he backed in 2013. A limited voucher program would give money to low-income students who attend failing public schools. The money would be applied to getting those students into other schools, typically private schools.

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History
5:50 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

2013 Bad Year For Historic Preservation, Says Knoxville's "Secret" Historian

“Was it just bad luck, that year of ’13? It was the worst year for historic preservation in my reporting career, and it somehow packed a few fresh disappointments about long-anticipated new projects.”

The words of MetroPulse "Secret History" columnist Jack Neely. For someone as dedicated to Knoxville’s history as Jack, 2013 was not a good year. Historic buildings were demolished to make way for parking lots, apartments, or in some cases, nothing but plans on a drawing board.

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