The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that officials in Rutherford County did give proper public notice of a meeting at which they approved the construction of a mosque. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by residents trying to block construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. As the case made its way through the courts, the mosque was built, and is in use. The plaintiffs say they’ll appeal this ruling to the Tennessee Supreme Court.
New Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will visit Oak Ridge on Monday to tour the D.O.E.'s facilities there, including the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallatial Neutron Source. It's one of Moniz's first acts as Energy Secretary, having just taken over the post from his predecessor Stephen Chu on May 21. The M.I.T. physics professor sailed through his Senate confirmation 97-0, despite concerns from environmentalists about his support of nuclear energy, natural gas exploration and his connections to large oil companies like BP and Shell.
In this installment of WUOT's The Method, Brandon Hollingsworth talks with author Ernest Freeberg about Thomas Edison's greatest invention: Modern America. Chrissy Keuper speaks with a biologist about the fungal infection threatening bat populations across the country. And we find the common ground between Edwin Hubble and Giuseppe Verdi.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is losing its biggest customer today. USEC, Inc., is shutting down its Kentucky-based gaseous diffusion plant, ending 1,000 jobs over the next year. USEC Senior Vice President Robert Van Namen tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press rising industrial power rates played a big role in the decision.
USEC, which has enriched uranium for TVA and other utilities since 1952, accounted for about 5 percent, or nearly $600 million, of TVA power sales last year.
Wildlife researchers say White Nose Syndrome is now a threat to bat populations across North America, having killed bats in 22 states and 5 Canadian provinces… and it’s still spreading. Gary McCracken is chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee and he's a bat biologist. Dr. McCracken is part of a group studying White Nose Syndrome and charting its spread across the country. He says they’ve already learned quite a bit about both the disease and the fungus that causes it…