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Chattanooga: Same-Sex Partner Policy
10:38 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Chattanooga City Officials Want Health Benefits For Same-Sex Domestic Partners Of City Workers

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The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Mayor Andy Berke says treating all city workers equally includes offering health benefits to same-sex domestic partners.  

City Councilman Chris Anderson is heading that effort, which includes an official nondiscrimination policy against gay and lesbian city workers. Activists are calling for similar policies in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. 

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Military Action in Syria
4:30 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Protestors Plan Anti-War Demonstration In Knoxville Today

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  Members of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) and others opposed to possible U.S. military action in Syria are planning to protest on a downtown Knoxville sidewalk this morning. 

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VW Chattanooga
9:39 am
Fri September 6, 2013

VW Negotiates With UAW Over Works Council At Chattanooga Plant

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Employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant have been let into the loop on a discussion among company officials and representatives with the United Auto Workers.                                    

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Obituary: Bill Wilcox
5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

A Tribute To Oak Ridge Historian Bill Wilcox

Bill Wilcox at his 90th birthday party, Spring 2013
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Oak Ridge nuclear scientist and city historian Bill Wilcox died this week at age 90. Wilcox arrived in Oak Ridge in 1943 and worked as a nuclear chemist on the Manhattan Project. He spent the rest of his life recording the history of the project and the city of Oak Ridge.

Y-12 historian Ray Smith spoke with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper about the public legacy Wilcox leaves behind in the Secret City… 

    

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Arts
9:41 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Special Program: Last Night of the BBC Proms

Be listening Sunday evening, September 8, from 6-9 p.m., as WUOT and American Public Media present Last Night of the BBC Proms. Join us as Marin Alsop becomes the first female conductor of the Last Night of the Proms. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and violinist Nigel Kennedy will also join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus in a concert that runs from Rossini and Handel arias to a mass sing-along. 

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Jail Overcrowding
3:19 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Roane County Jail Staves Off State Decertification; Cocke County Jail Not So Fortunate

The Cocke County Old Jail is located on the 3rd floor of the county's 83 year-old courthouse
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In two separate inspections this year, the Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) found Roane County Jail inmates packed into the facility, far beyond its official capacity.  The inspection reports noted a shortage of wash basins and toilets, especially in the women’s section of the jail.  For a jail built only four years ago to alleviate overcrowding, the threat of decertification loomed large.  

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September Dialogue 2013
4:02 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Dialogue: Tennessee's Geologic Story

A geologic map of Tennessee.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

Vast oceans, meteor craters, earthquakes and titanic continental collisions. The story of Tennessee is written in the rocks beneath our feet. Flip through the pages, and you're flipping through millions of years of time.

This week on Dialogue, host Brandon Hollingsworth and geologists Robert Hatcher and Harry Moore tell Tennessee's geologic story, start to finish.

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Drug Use in Tennessee
4:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Heroin Use Increasing In Tennessee

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According to the TBI, the number of incidents involving heroin use surged last year in Tennessee, and has more than doubled since 2010. 

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the largest increases have been seen in the state’s largest counties, including Knox County.

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Zip Lines
4:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Commercial Zip Lines Face New Inspections, Regulations

Amusement Device Inspector Manager Lee Bentley, left, will be joined by another inspector to handle a increased work load thanks in large part to zip line popularity.
Credit Tennessee Department of Labor

The Tennessee Department of Labor says zip lines have been popping up across the state, and new policies this year are keeping inspectors busy.

New safety and operations policies for zip line installation and operation went into effect on January first. Jeff Hentschel with the Tennessee Department of Labor says the department hired another zip line inspector to keep up with this year’s workload.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The Method: Migrating Trees, Radiochemistry and Preventing Blackouts

A TVA helicopter used to monitor power transmission lines from the air.
Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

This go 'round on The Method,  a scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab is working to predict how climate change will affect Tennessee's forests and possibly the 39,000 jobs they provide. Then, Chrissy Keuper interviews the new head of the University of Tennessee's radiochemistry lab. And ten years after the nation's biggest blackout, we look at how TVA is trying to prevent the next major power failure.

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