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Rossini Festival
3:41 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New Knoxville Street Fair Policy Won’t Affect Rossini Festival

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Huge street fairs can present all kinds of logistical and public safety problems.  So for the last few years, the city of Knoxville has been turning down requests for those types of events on Gay Street. The one obvious exception is the annual Rossini Festival, the street carnival that shuts down a large portion of Gay Street to accommodate as many as 100,000 visitors.

A new agreement between Rossini organizers Knoxville Opera and the city guarantees the festival will continue to be the one exception.

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Same-sex benefits
7:56 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Same-sex Benefits Ordinance Clears Final Hurdle in Chattanooga

Credit WRCBTV.com

With a 5-to-3 vote Tuesday night, Chattanooga city council approved an ordinance on second reading that officially makes the city the third in Tennessee to extend city employee benefits to unmarried domestic partners, either gay or straight.  The ordinance also updates Chattanooga’s discrimination clause to prohibit the city from firing workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity and protects them from workplace harassment. 

After months of fiery public debate, the council approved the first reading of the ordinance last week by a single vote.

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Red Light Cameras
10:44 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Oak Ridge Red Light Scam Turns Out To Be Fake

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

In a press alert sent to local media Monday night, Oak Ridge Police Chief James Akagi described an email phishing scam in which the recipient was informed of a red light camera violation and given a false hyperlink to see photos of the violation and pay the fine.  Akagi’s alert suggested those receiving the email should immediately delete it.

As it turns out, no such scam existed. 

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Drug Tests For Judges?
4:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Two Area Legislators Drafting Bill To Require Drug Testing For Tennessee Judges

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State Senator Randy McNally of Oak Ridge and State Representative Ryan Haynes of Knoxville say they’ll introduce legislation calling for required drug testing for all Tennessee judges.

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Health Insurance
6:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

BCBS Tennessee Plans to Extend Policies Additional Year

Credit outsidethebeltway.com

Nine days after announcing it would notify 66,000 customers they would have to find new policies, the largest health insurance provider in Tennessee says it plans to extend those policies for another year.

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VW Works Council
10:19 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Volkswagen Labor Official Visits Chattanooga Facility

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Labor officials with Volkswagen say a decision over union representation at the automaker's Chattanooga plant won’t affect the possibility of expanding production there. Volkswagen officials have said the company may add another vehicle to the production line at its lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga.

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2013 Fall Fund Drive
7:19 am
Fri November 15, 2013

The Two Words That Say It All!

  Thank you. They’re just two little words, and they seem insignificant considering how much we truly appreciate all of the listeners who renewed their memberships or became first-time members of WUOT during our fall fund drive Nov. 11-16, as well as all of the people and organizations that helped make this drive possible.

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Economics
6:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Fewer Tennesseans Own Homes In Wake of Recession

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Fewer Tennesseans own their own homes today than before the Great Recession, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The American Community Survey (ACS) found the percentage of Tennesseans who owned a home dropped slightly, from a little more than 70 percent in 2007 to 67.5 percent in 2012. The housing crash of 2007 marked the end of a three-year period in which home ownership rates in Tennessee increased.

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Alexander Inn
2:32 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Oak Ridge’s Alexander Inn Returning To Former Glory

A postcard of Oak Ridge's historic Alexander Inn
East Tennessee Preservation Alliance

The first time Rick Dover stepped foot into Oak Ridge’s Alexander Inn, he fell through the floor.  “It was completely rotted and it had leaking roofs and windows and a complete lack of any care or maintenance,” he says.  “It was leaning and rotting and falling and it would not have gone much longer.” 

Dover’s company, Family Pride Corporation, is now responsible for renovating the abandoned, dilapidated building and turning it into an assisted living facility.  Dover says he hopes to open the facility in the summer of 2014. 

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Tennessee Refugees
3:15 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Tennessee Legislators Question Study On Refugees

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Last summer, Tennessee state legislators requested a study on foreign-born refugees in the state but have now rejected the findings of the report. The legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee commissioned the study to try to understand the impact on Tennessee’s budget of state-funded services for refugees.

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