A 2011 state law requires the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to compile and maintain a list of people who have been convicted of methamphetamine use. But a report in the Nashville Tennessean found that list is out of date, potentially reducing its effectiveness.
Seven local school superintendents have withdrawn their names from a petition asking Tennessee’s governor to recall the state education commissioner.Earlier this month, 63 school superintendents across the state signed a petition criticizing Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. Governor Haslam responded with a letter expressing disappointment with the petition. He also backed up Commissioner Huffman's proposals for education reform and encouraged both sides to communicate better.
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Music Director Lucas Richman has announced he will be leaving the orchestra following the 2014-2015 season, his 12th in Knoxville. Richman is currently under contract through 2014, but KSO officials say he has agreed to continue with the symphony an additional year.
Goods and services exported from Knoxville to markets throughout the nation and the world totaled more than $4 billion in 2012, and accounted for nearly 13 percent of East Tennessee's total exports.
Nonprofit think tank The Brookings Institution looked at economic data for 100 metro areas around the U.S. Its report, Export Nation 2013, ranked the Knoxville metro area 73rd among the group of 100, but the more significant findings showed big growth in the area's exports.
The Commonwealth Fund's Scorecard on State Health System Performance for Low-Income Populations*aims to find ways that states can improve health care, particularly with regard to those low-income residents.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said he was disappointed that 60 local-level school superintendents across Tennessee have signed on to a letter asking Haslam to ease off on education reforms being implemented by state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. His response to that letter was both conciliatory to the school administrators and firm in favor of classroom reforms.