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.
Michael Woodby (left) and Kevin Waggoner (right) confront each other in a video shot by Waggoner and submitted to local news outlets. Waggoner has been arrested and faces a criminal homicide charge in Woodby's death.
Another battle over Common Core education standards may be brewing in Tennessee. Tennessee’s Senate Education Committee is scheduled to review and hear testimony on new Common Core State Standards later this week. Committee chairman Dolores Gresham says the hearings will allow parents - teachers - and politicians a chance to air their concerns. Nashville’s WPLN reports local activists plan to bring a list of grievances to the meeting with particular objections to upcoming social studies standards.
The City of Knoxville tried building speed bumps and rumble strips. It put up new speed limit signs and in some cases, lowered speed limits. It even put police patrols on a rotation. But nothing seems to prevent lead-footed drivers from tearing through the city's neighborhoods and down its side streets.
So city officials are looking to residents of those neighborhoods for ideas.
Police have arrested a Crab Orchard man for the murder of four young people on Renegade Mountain in Cumberland County.
TBI investigators say they arrested 26 year-old Jacob Allen Bennett Friday. Bennett was already in custody in Rhea County after being arrested Thursday night on a parole violation. .
The bodies of Danielle Jacobson, 22, Steven Presley, 17, Dominic Davis, 17 and John Lajeunesse, 17 were discovered in a parked vehicle Thursday morning by a resident of this former resort community. All four victims had been shot to death.
The University of Tennessee has put a fracking plan on hold after receiving no bidders from potential industry partners. Last week, the University received a “no-bid” response letter from CNX gas company. In the letter, CNX said the project was not economically viable under the university’s terms. UT had proposed opening university-owned land in the Cumberland Forest to hydraulic fracturing, using revenue from the project to research its environmental impact.
The signs next to the free parking spaces on Gay Street say there's a two-hour limit between 6:00 am and midnight. However, the more savvy downtown drivers realized a while ago that two-hour limit was rarely enforced.
That's about to change.
Beginning Sunday, September 15, the Public Building Authority will take over Gay Street parking enforcement duties from the Knoxville Police Department. And while the KPD was often too busy to enforce the two-hour limit, the PBA is making it a priority.
Over the past decade, National Coal LLC's Zeb Mountain coal mine on the Scott/Campbell county border has become a rallying point for environmental groups and East Tennessee residents opposed to the practice known as "mountain-top removal". Mountain top removal is a process by which the summit or summit ridge of a mountain is removed to expose the coal seams that lie beneath. After the coal is mined, the summit is replaced to mimic the original contour of the mountain.
The Oak Ridge City Schools could close October 1st unless the city addresses a funding issue. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Oak Ridge City Schools could close unless the city finds $250,000.
The state gave notice that it would withhold almost $1.9 million a month from the school system, unless the city meets state-mandated funding.