Former senator, ambassador and presidential chief of staff Howard Baker died Thursday, June 26, at his home in Huntsville. He was 88.
Two men who knew Baker well -- former New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici and Senate staffer Bill Hoagland -- spoke with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth. They shared their memories of working with Baker, and how his role as mediator helped Congress conduct the business of the nation.
Here's a collection of quotes and articles honoring the late Senator Howard Baker, Jr., who passed away Thursday at the age of 88:
"Howard Baker was Tennessee’s favorite son, one of America’s finest leaders and for Honey and me an indispensable friend. He built our state’s two-party political system and inspired three generations to try to build a better state and country. It is difficult to express how much we honor his life and how much we will miss him." (U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander)
Leaders in the Anderson County town of Lake City plan to go ahead with a vote to change city's name on Thursday, even as a challenge seeking to block that move heads toward appeal.
If adopted, Lake City's new name would be "Rocky Top." Backers say the change would give the town greater visibility, and a developer has promised to construct a water park in the city, contingent on the name change.
American special-needs students are performing much lower academically than their peers. Tennessee education officials are throwing their weight behind a new federal overhaul for special education programs.
US Education Secretary Arne Duncan unveiled the overhaul yesterday. The plan would keep goals like meeting timelines for evaluations, due-process hearings, and transitioning children into preschool.
If a Knoxville Police Department officer pulls you over and issues a traffic citation, that officer is doing so by hand, on paper. KPD Chief David Rausch says it's time to bring that system into the 21st century.
A more direct route to south Knoxville and access to a new shopping center are among the changes that might be coming to riders of the city's bus system, pending approval from transit officials.
On Thursday, the Knoxville Area Transit board will consider proposals that would adjust the routes of the 40 and 41 buses that serve south Knoxville and the 90 crosstown line, as well as extend the free Vol Trolley service deeper into the University of Tennessee and to the University Commons shopping center now under construction.
Fish, turtles, frogs and other animals that live in or near Tennessee waterways are being threatened by a dangerous virus. University of Tennessee researcher Matt Gray and his colleagues around the world are trying to determine the extent of the disease, called ranavirus, and its often-fatal effects on the species it infects.
The evidence in Tennessee, Gray said, is mainly anecdotal so far.