New legislation moving through the US Congress aims to repay the states for costs of reopening the national parks during October’s federal government shutdown.
The state of Tennessee, Sevier and Blount Counties, and the state of North Carolina paid the federal government $300,500 to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for five days during the shutdown.
A week ago, Ryan Loskarn was still the Chief of Staff for Lamar Alexander, Tennessee’s Senior Senator in Washington.
Since then, Loskarn’s been fired, replaced, arrested and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. U.S. Postal Service Inspectors raided Loskarn’s Washington D.C. home on Wednesday and claim he attempted to hide a portable hard drive from them, one allegedly containing “hundreds” of pornographic images of children. They also claim he offered pornographic material for download from his computer.
New regulations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could lower the cost of phone calls between Tennessee inmates and their families. But prison rights advocates say the regulations don’t go far enough.
Federal prosecutors say several local and federal law enforcement agencies have arrested 21 people in connection with an illegal drug distribution ring that involved the trafficking of $17.5 million dollars' worth of cocaine and crack cocaine. All 21 appeared in court this week and entered "not guilty" pleas on charges ranging from conspiracy to distribute cocaine to money laundering. One defendant also faces a felony firearms charge. The cases will go to trial February 11.
The University of Tennessee's flagship campus in Knoxville has plans to tear down six residence halls in the next five years, and replace them with seven new halls and a dining facility.
The current structures were built more than forty years ago, university officials said, and their successors will be roomier and more modern. Plans call for the demolition of the first building, Shelbourne Towers, as early as next spring, and for work to continue on the remainder of the buildings through 2018.
University of Tennessee history professor Daniel Feller didn’t know Andrew Jackson personally, and he wasn’t born until more than a century after Jackson’s administration ended. But in the past decade, Feller and colleagues Laura Eve-Moss and Thomas Coens have gotten to know Old Hickory pretty well. They’ve pored over letters, editorials, public and private statements from and to Andrew Jackson. It’s part of an exhaustive effort to chronicle his life in the written word.
Yesterday, the Knox County Commission approved adding a cremation fee for residents. Yesterday’s approval means the fee will be up for a vote at the Commission’s meeting on the 16th.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that if it’s passed, the new $25 cremation fee would help pay for medical examiner operations, one of which is approving cremations. The medical examiner also helps law enforcement and courts in murder and wrongful death investigations.