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Centennial Conservation Exposition
4:45 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Centennial Conservation Exposition In Knoxville

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In 1913, Knoxville held the National Conservation Exposition at Chilhowee Park for two months. It drew about a million people and it was probably the biggest event in Knoxville’s history, up until the 1982 World’s Fair.

Tomorrow, the Centennial Conservation Exposition will be celebrated at Chilhowee Park.

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Climate Change
4:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

UT Study: Turtles May Have Trouble Adapting To Climate Change

Eastern Box Turtle
Credit wikipedia.com

Over the past 320,000 years, turtles in North America have survived through numerous fluctuations in global temperature.  When the temperature dropped, they moved to a warmer climate and if it started to get too hot, they headed North.  While some turtle species were unable to make the move, the successful species migrated an average of 45 miles for each degree of temperature change. 

Today’s turtles may not have that option.

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Federal Government Shutdown
2:09 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Group Claims Smokies Shutdown Costing $2M Per Day

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A report prepared by a group representing retired Park Service employees claims the federal shutdown is costing East Tennessee and Western North Carolina approximately two million dollars a day in lost revenue.

The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR) report released Thursday used October 2012 attendance figures for twelve of the leading national parks and attempted to calculate the amount of money those visitors would have spent if the parks had been open this year. 

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Transportation
9:43 am
Thu October 10, 2013

TDOT: Henley Street Bridge Will Re-Open to Traffic Next Week

Workers pour the final load of concrete onto the Henley Street Bridge, August 22, 2013.
Credit Tennessee Department of Transportation

For the first time in nearly three years, drivers will again be able to cross the Tennessee River using Knoxville's Henley Street Bridge. On Wednesday, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced one lane in each direction will re-open to traffic jus tafter midnight on Thursday, October 17.

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Car-Deer Collisions
4:30 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Car-Deer Collisions On The Rise In Tennessee

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Data from the Tennessee State Highway Patrol suggest cars and deer are crossing paths more frequently and in some cases, the results can be deadly.

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James White Parkway
2:48 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Supporters Of James White Extension Fail In Attempt To Revive Controversial Roadway

Construction barrels and barricades discourage drivers from continuing south on the James White Parkway in South Knoxville. Recent decisions by the Transportation Planning Organization will likely ensure a five-mile section of the roadway beyond the barricades will remain unfinished.
Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

As long as it still has a pulse, the James White Parkway extension isn’t dead.  Not yet.  But as of today, it appears to be one step closer.

Supporters of the controversial road attempted to pass a motion before the Transportation Planning Organization’s technical committee this morning that would have moved the project back onto the TPO’s long-range plan.  In late August, the TPO voted to abandon the decades-old project.  This morning’s motion by Sevier County Communications Coordinator Perrin Anderson represented an attempt to reverse that decision. 

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Health
6:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Judge's Ruling Bars State From Enforcing Healthcare Navigator Rules

Credit outsidethebeltway.com

For now, the state of Tennessee will be blocked from enforcing rules governing so-called healthcare navigators.

A restraining order issued Monday by federal judge Todd Campbell said Tennessee’s rules restricting healthcare navigators are too broad. That supports complaints made by plaintiffs who say the state’s definitions actually hurt, rather than help, navigators in assisting consumers.

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Tennessee Crime Rates
7:26 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Tennessee's Violent Crime Rate Is Nation's Highest

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A new study has named Tennessee the Most Dangerous State in America.

24/7 Wall Street ranked states with the highest rates of violent crime, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Tennessee had the worst violent crime rate in the country, with 643.6 violent crimes per 100,000 people, followed by Nevada, Alaska, New Mexico and South Carolina.

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Tennessee's Auto Sector
7:18 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Tennessee Leads The South In Supplying The Automotive Industry

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A new report from the Brookings Institution on Tennessee’s automotive industry finds that the state is the South’s leader in supplying the automotive industry and has a stronger auto sector than before the recession began.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Haslam, Huffman Propose Teacher Pay Raise Plan

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

Salaries for Tennessee's public educators rank in the bottom ten of the fifty states. Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said they have a plan that might change that.

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