Matt Shafer Powell, WUOT News

This month, four new elements added to the periodic table received provisional names. One of those elements, number 117, was bestowed a name that got our attention, and perhaps yours, too: tennessine. If approved by an international body in November, Tennessine will join oxygen, carbon, helium and 114 other names on the periodic table of the elements.

A steady stream of Lady Vols fans and well-wishers filed past Pat Summitt Plaza on the University of Tennessee campus Tuesday to pay tribute to the legendary women's basketball coach.  Summitt died Tuesday morning, following a four-year battle with early -onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.  

Phil Batta

  Roane County is at the epicenter of U.S. drug trafficking. County officials tell WUOT's TruckBeat team more alternatives to incarceration and drug treatment could help ease overcrowding in a system where nearly all jail inmates are locked up for drug-related crimes. Watch Part 2 of our TruckBeat video series on Roane County's attempt to address its drug epidemic.

A team of meteorologists recently wrapped up the first phase of an unprecedented project to study tornadoes in the South. WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth reports the project’s results could change what meteorologists thought they knew about severe weather.


TruckBeat: "He Was My Baby"

Jun 10, 2016

Jessica Akhrass' brother died from an overdose of prescription opioid painkillers.    

Now, she is working on a memoir about the experience of losing her brother and successfully pushing for changes in Tennessee state law to tighten regulations around prescription opiates.

“It’s emotionally draining. You have to relive what happened in detail,” says Akhrass, who lives in Lenoir City. 

She says she hopes her book will help fight the stigma associated with addiction and encourage other people to fight for change, even when they’re not sure where to start.

Wendell Potter discusses his latest book and the influence of big money on politics.  He will speak at Union Avenue Books on Friday, June 10 at 6:00.   His is the author of Deadly Spin and co-author of Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy. 

Bassist and vocalist Bryn Davies reflects back on working with legendary songwriter Guy Clark, Jack White and more.  Bryn also shares some of her favorite recordings on this episode of Flipside. 

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

In Nashville, conservative Republicans are in year five of a tense alliance with legislative leaders and a governor they sometimes accuse of being too moderate to get things done. And those same Republican leaders have had to put the brakes on legislation they deem too extreme or too unwise for state business.

On the presidential campaign trail, so-called establishment Republicans are grappling with what Donald Trump's rise means for their future. And Hillary and Bernie supporters are hurling insults at each other as much or more so than at their Republican opponent.

Tennessee Valley Authority

  This summer, perhaps thousands of people will spend part of their summer vacations using TVA lakes. Millions will depend on the utility's hydroelectric dams for power. And commercial barges will depend on the rivers and lakes in the Tennessee River watershed for navigation.

U.S. Park Police/National Park Service

All earthquakes are products of the dynamic planet we live on. They typically occur as massive slabs of the Earth's crust, called tectonic plates, bump against, over and past each other.