News

Pages

Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Method: Spirits and Graves

On this edition of The Method, we examine how two researchers are putting technology to work to find and identify mass graves. Then, Christine Jessel goes in search of spirits -- the potable kind. The science behind moonshine is her story, so prepare to be jarred.

Read more
McClung Warehouses
4:11 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Ruling Clears Way For Knoxville’s Purchase Of McClung Warehouses

Credit Knox Heritage

In 1893, prominent Knoxville businessman Calvin McClung built the first of five warehouses on Jackson Avenue to serve as the shipping headquarters for his family’s mail-order business.  For most of the 20th century, those warehouses lined the northern boundary of what’s now known as the Old City, standing watch as Knoxville stretched out and expanded below them. 

Now, only two of the giant, run-down buildings remain, serving as a visible reminder of the city’s industrial past and a crumbling symbol of its on-going fight to contain and control blight. 

Read more
University of TN: Forensic Anthropology Center
9:22 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Mass Grave Project Part Of Human Rights Initiative

UT Anthropology graduate student Katie Corcoran (left) digs the first shovel of dirt with volunteer Devin White (right) for one of four graves at the Forensic Anthropology Center, in February of 2013. The mass grave research project will observe ten bodies for three years, detecting changes in the ground and looking at multispectral imagery. (PHOTO BY AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS / NEWS SENTINEL)
Credit http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/galleries/2013/apr/13/body-of-evidence-uts-mass-grave-project/66009/#section_header

A new experiment is underway at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center, at the world-famous “Body Farm”.

Anthropology graduate student Katie Corcoran is studying four new graves, specifically mass graves. Corcoran and her team are measuring the changes that occur as the human remains deteriorate.

Corcoran and Devin White, a Senior Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about the experiment and the technology they’re putting to use…

Read more
Education
3:59 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Replica Of Columbus Ships Dock In Knoxville

Credit thenina.com

Two ships anchored at the docks at Calhoun’s in downtown Knoxville this week look unlike any of the others stopped here. The ships, replicas of fifteenth century Portugese cavarels, are anchored along the docks.Captain and ship builder Morgan Sanger says the replicas match the Pinta and the Niña, ships of the Columbus expedition, and create a living history he’s been happy to share with area students.

Read more
U.S. Army: Fort Campbell
4:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Returns From Final Deployment

Credit http://www.campbell.army.mil/PublishingImages/CampbellHomePageImageOct04.jpg

More than 140 soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division returned to Fort Campbell yesterday after a six-month deployment in Afghanistan.

Yesterday’s return also marked the end of the unit, one of 10 brigade combat teams the Army is shutting down.

Read more
Law
6:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Knox Criminal Court Clerk to Appear At Meeting On Judicial Errors

Credit http://media.knoxnews.com/media/img/photos/2010/09/01/swear11_mp_web_t607.jpg

Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey says she will be at a planned meeting in which county political and law enforcement officials will try to get answers on a series of alleged mistakes in McCroskey's office. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 28.

Read more
WBIR-TV Investigation
4:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Knox County Officials To Meet Concerning Wrongful Arrests

Credit http://www.legalfundsnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/wrongfularrest_shutterstock_135865661_small.jpg

A Knox County judge said he’ll talk with local leaders about errors in the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk's Office that led to some wrongful arrests.                                      

Read more
Law
6:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Federal Suits Ask for Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages

Dr. Sophy Jesty, left, and Dr. Valeria Tanco of Knoxville speak outside the Davidson County courthouse in Nashville on October, 21, 2013. The two are plaintiffs in a lawsuit over Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage.
Credit Shelley Mays, Nashville Tennessean

Four gay couples filed lawsuits in federal district court in Nashville on Monday, seeking to compel the state to recognize their marriages.

All four couples, including one from Knoxville, were married in states that offer same-sex marriage, then moved to Tennessee. Attorneys representing the couples say the state's constitutional ban of same-sex marriage denies their clients some basic legal protections straight couples in Tennessee already possess.

Read more
Drosophila suzukii
4:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

New Threat To East Tennessee Crops

Credit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/sites/default/files/imagecache/gardenstories_lightbox/gardenstories_images/swd_0.jpg

Scientists say there’s a new threat to crops in East Tennessee.

The Drosophila suzukii or spotted-wing drosophila, is a fruit fly, and a threat to Eastern Tennessee crops, especially berries.

Read more
U.S. Civil War
4:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Maury County Civil War Soldiers Receive Honors

Jo Ann McClellan and Elizabeth Queener helped add names to the Maury County War Memorial. George Walker IV / The Tennessean
Credit http://www.tennessean.com/article/20131018/NEWS01/310180122

A ceremony tomorrow at the Maury County War Memorial will commemorate the Battle of Nashville in 1864 and unveil the names of 58 Maury County soldiers who fought for the Union.

The names were uncovered during research into four black soldiers whose names were to be added the memorial. 

Read more

Pages