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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Shutdown Salaries
8:05 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Tennessee Congressional Members Giving Up Salary During Shutdown


Some of Tennessee’s federal legislators are giving up their salaries during the federal government's partial shutdown.

US Representatives Diane Black and Jim Cooper and US Senator Lamar Alexander have all pledged to donate their salaries to charity during the partial shutdown of the federal government.

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UT Clarence Brown Theatre
7:52 am
Thu October 3, 2013

"Our Country's Good": Interview With Director Cal MacLean


The University of Tennessee's Clarence Brown Theatre presents “Our Country’s Good” , a drama about the 1788 settlement of the penal colony at Port Jackson, which today is Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

It's playing at UT's Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre.

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Fatal Bus Crash
3:39 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Eight Killed When Church Bus Crosses I-40 Median

Credit Paul Efird,

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports eight people have died and another 14 were injured as the result of a collision between a passenger bus, a tractor-trailer and a Chevy Tahoe SUV on westbound I-40 in Jefferson County.  

The accident happened at approximately 2:00pm Wednesday near the I-81 split.  The bus was carrying members of the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, NC, on their way home after attending a Christian festival in Gatlinburg. 

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Food Equity / Health Equity
9:53 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Dialogue: A Discussion About Food Equity And Health Equity


A new federal fiscal year has begun, with a few snags…

Because of a  partial government shutdown, a few states are going ahead with reductions to food stamps, though the matter of a $40 billion cut to the program is still up for debate in Congress...

Signups for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are underway, with effects yet to be determined…

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9:22 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Shutdown in the Smokies

Don and Rebecca Whittington of Montgomery, Alabama, along with granddaughter Abigail, have a "rebellious picnic" at the Townsend entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday, October 1.
Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

At midnight Tuesday, funding for the National Park Service ran out. By 10:00 a.m., rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park were erecting barricades and telling campers and hikers to go home. More than 300 park service employees were sent home shortly thereafter. Tuesday afternoon, WUOT’s Christine Jessel and Brandon Hollingsworth went to the park to hear from the people the federal shutdown is affecting right in our own backyard.

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Health Exchange Advisors
8:01 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Background Checks Required On Health Insurance Advisors


A judge has refused to block emergency rules  governing those advising others on the new health insurance marketplace. That insurance exchange went online today.

The new state rules require background checks for advisors on the new health insurance exchange. Chancellor Russell Perkins ruled that the new dictates would not do immediate harm.

The Tennessee Justice Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of the League of Women Voters and other individuals. The suit claims the new rules are too broad and could make it difficult for advisors to help people find insurance coverage.

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4:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

What Tennessee's Health Care Exchange Will Look Like

Credit Knox Area Project Access

Tennessee’s healthcare exchange opens today, giving private citizens a chance to purchase health insurance in a competitive market. For many, the idea of a health insurance marketplace exchange is a confusing and unfamiliar concept. To help sort some of it out, WUOT's Christine Jessel sits down with Erin Hill, Executive Director of Knoxville Area Project Access, a government-appointed “Health Care Navigator”.

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3:59 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Tennessee's Federal Healthcare Marketplace May Remain Closed To Some

Credit Suburban Eye Care, flickr. Photo used under creative commons license.

When Tennessee's healthcare exchange marketplace opens today, government estimates show the state will have some of the lowest insurance premiums in the country. And federal subsidies are expected to further lessen costs for the state’s low-income buyers. But Erin Hill, executive director of Knoxville Area Project Access says because Tennessee opted not to take Medicaid expansion, some buyers will be still be shut out.

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Pilot Fraud Investigation
5:27 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Haslam Updates Pilot Reforms In Wake of Rebate Scandal

Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam, in an April file photo.
Credit Christine Jessel, WUOT News

The trucking companies who say Pilot Flying J cheated them out of rebate money have been paid back. The rebate system under which the fraud took place is being dismantled. And the sales staff whose actions caught the attention of federal investigators is being rebuilt. Those are a few of things pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam said have changed in the five-and-a-half months since FBI and IRS investigators raided company headquarters.

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