The Chattanooga City Council’s decision to avoid discussion on a same-sex benefits ordinance Tuesday means the issue will now go before the voters in an August referendum.
After months of heated debate, packed public forums and two close city council votes, the ordinance was passed in November. At that point, Chattanooga joined Collegedale and Knoxville as the third city in Tennessee to offer domestic partnership benefits to its city workers.
A group known as Regas Property LLC has reportedly purchased the building that once housed the business known as “Knoxville’s Oldest Restaurant”. A representative of the group tells the Knoxville News Sentinel its members purchased the Regas Restaurant property at 318 N. Gay Street for $2 million to prevent someone else from buying it and demolishing it.
Although our area is seeing record-setting temperatures this week, the Tennessee Valley Authority doesn’t expect any records for power usage. Last week, the utility indefinitely suspended any non-essential maintenance minimize the risk of power interruptions.
The TVA expects electricity demand to reach nearly 32,000 megawatts this evening.
If you’ve spent much time on the University of Tennessee campus, you probably know where Lake Loudoun Boulevard is. Or Pat Head Summitt Street. Or Johnny Majors Drive. But you may not know that the university isn’t the one that makes the final decisions on how those roads are maintained or improved. That responsibility lies with the City of Knoxville.
East Tennesseans awoke to a blanket of white and subfreezing temperatures Monday morning. Those conditions prompted schools and government offices to close or delay their openings as a historically cold air mass moved into the region.
When Dale Ditmanson moved from Philadelphia in 2004 to take over the Superintendent duties at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, he received a valuable bit of advice from former superintendent Karen Wade. “She told me, ‘be prepared to be embraced by the community,’” Ditmanson says.
One law going into effect tomorrow is called the “Breast Density Inform Law”. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed it into law last year.
The law requires that any patient whose mammogram shows dense breast tissue be informed that dense tissue could hide small abnormalities and that supplemental screening may be necessary. Last March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added breast density to the list of risk factors for developing breast cancer.
Tennessee is the 8th state to pass a breast density law.