This month on The Method, we examine two interesting fields of research - one rooted in the distant past; the other looking to the near future. Chrissy Keuper interviews Dr. Jan Simek about how archaeologists study some of the oldest cave art in North America. In the second portion of the program, Brandon Hollingsworth talks to researcher Joanne Hall about a first-of-a-kind study on end-of-life care for AIDS patients in Appalachia.
The Anderson County man who spearheaded the drive to install “In God We Trust” signs on the county’s courthouse says he believes the man who challenged the signs this week is just trying to “get out of jail free”. Oak Ridge businessman Lynn Byrge was responding to a legal motion by Kenneth Darrin Fisher of Clinton, who claims the signs violate his freedom of worship rights. Fisher, a Cherokee descendent who follows the spiritual path known as the “Red Road”, is currently awaiting trial for allegedly trying to murder his wife.
County unemployment rates for the month of June have been released, and the numbers in many counties are not what you might expect from an economic recovery.
Jobless rates increased in 91 of Tennessee’s 95 counties last month, according to the figures from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. There are a couple of major factors that explain the trend. Economists say that as the job market improves, more unemployed Tennesseans jump back into searching for work. The more people are out looking for work, the higher the measured unemployment rate.
A national research center on the University of Tennessee campus will receive an $18.6 million dollar award from the National Science Foundation. The award will fund another five years of research at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, known as NIMBios. Director Louis Gross says the center will expand research topics with a continued focus on bringing in teams of international top minds.
Vietnam Veterans of America will answer questions and discuss new laws and benefits for veterans exposed to Agent Orange tonight during a Knoxville town hall meeting. Agent Orange is a chemical defoliant best known for its use during the Vietnam War. Barry Rice, President of the Tennessee State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, says doctors are still finding diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.
“The real problem is that we are starting to notice some effects and some illnesses in our children and in our grandchildren,” he says.