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Drosophila suzukii
4:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

New Threat To East Tennessee Crops

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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.

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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
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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. 

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Government
6:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Gov. Haslam Creates Temporary Judicial Nomination Panel

Credit Chattanooga Times Free Press

 Governor Bill Haslam has appointed an ad-hoc committee to nominate candidates for the state’s court system. The Tennessee General Assembly decided to let the state judicial nominating commission die at the end of June. But Tennessee voters won’t decide how to proceed until November 2014, creating uncertainty in the legal community over how the state would pick new judges to replace those who step down or die in office. Governor Haslam says his decision to create a temporary committee is necessary to keep the state’s judiciary alive.

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Traffic Fatalities
3:37 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Tennessee Traffic Deaths On Pace To Match 2012

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

When you're talking about the annual number of traffic fatalities in Tennessee, the magic number is 1000. 

For most of the past 60 years, the yearly total of deaths on Tennessee roads has hovered somewhere above the 1000 mark, reaching a record of 1444 in 1973.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

34 Months In, Henley Bridge Re-Opens to Traffic

The final day of concrete pouring at the Henley Street Bridge, August 22, 2013.
Credit Tennessee Department of Transportation

 On January 3, 2011, Knoxville's Henley Street Bridge closed for an extensive renovation. On October 17, 2013 -- 1,018 days later -- the bridge has re-opened to traffic, albeit on the limited basis.

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Health: Viral Meningitis
4:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Viral Meningitis Cases Temporarily Close Powell Daycare

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The Knox County Health Department is educating some area schools and day-care center about viral meningitis following a cluster of several cases connected to a local daycare.                                      

Mudpies and Music day-care center in Powell is closed for the rest of this week after several cases of viral meningitis were connected with the facility. Owner Kara McKamey said she’ll reopen the center on Monday.

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Federal Government Shutdown
7:19 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Re-open Wednesday

Traffic cones near the southern side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park reroute visitors during a partial government shutdown that has closed most of the park's roads.
Credit WUOT News, Brandon Hollingsworth

As states with large national parks continue to bleed tourist dollars, many are looking at re-opening the parks themselves

On Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the state will commit nearly a quarter of a million dollars to re-open the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday.  Blount and Sevier Counties will contribute an additional $60,000.  However, the money will run out quickly and the deal only guarantees the park will be open through Sunday.    

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Federal Government Shutdown
12:41 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

"Anger, Anxiety" As Y-12 Employees Await Furloughs

Atomic Trades and Labor Council President Steve Jones speaks at a press event in Oak Ridge Thursday. The event was held to put pressure on House Republicans to agree to a budget deal.
Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

The clock is ticking today for approximately 3600 employees at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge who will be furloughed without pay on Thursday if Congress and the President can’t reach an agreement on the federal budget. 

“Just like most of Middle America, we’ve got folks who live paycheck to paycheck,” says Steve Jones, President of the local Atomic Trades and Labor Council.  “They’re wondering how they’re going to make their mortgage payments and how they’re going to pay their bills.”

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TN Department of Human Services
4:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

State To Expand Vocational Rehabilition Program For Disabled

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Tennessee’s Department of Human Services is expanding its Vocational Rehabilitation program. The program helps those with disabilities get job training. 

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Education
3:59 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Attracting Effective Teachers May Require New Strategies

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When teachers apply for jobs, a new study reveals many apply to higher-achieving schools, leaving high-needs schools to draw from a smaller pool of applicants. 

Vanderbilt Assistant Professor Mimi Engle’s says it’s not a new concept, but it is the first time research has documented how teachers apply to schools.  Engel used Chicago Public Schools to test her theory. She found when school districts hire for an entire school system, prospective teachers tend to gravitate to higher-achieving schools, leaving disadvantaged schools struggling to fill spots.

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