The University of Tennessee has just opened a new Center of Excellence in Radiochemistry. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with center director Howard Hall about what radiochemistry is and why he feels its applications are important…
The national animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is turning up the heat on a small privately-owned roadside zoo in Cherokee, North Carolina, where, PETA officials say, the bears are forced to live in stark, concrete pits with little or no natural stimulation. PETA says it will focus more of its attention on the Cherokee Bear Zoo now that a similar attraction in Cherokee has been shut down.
Two-and-a-half years of detours and headaches for South Knoxville residents, business owners and commuters will come to an end before the year is out. The Tennessee Department of Transportation says it plans to re-open the historic Henley Street Bridge by Thanksgiving, restoring a critical direct link between Knoxville and its southern neighborhoods in time for the holiday travel season.
Visitors who want to see the Knoxville Museum of Art will have to put their plans on hold for a while.
The museum officially closed Sunday evening and won’t reopen for three months. During that time, construction crews will remodel bathrooms, replace floors and upgrade lighting, all part of the museum’s most ambitious renovation since it moved to World’s Fair Park in 1990.
Anderson County plans to increase inmate fees to offset the county’s financial burden as it approaches the opening of an addition to the county's detention facility.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that commissioners have approved raising current rates on items like toilet paper and inmate clothing and may also require inmates to co-pay medical and dental care.
Aspiring pop stars from all around East Tennessee are expected to converge on Knoxville's Krutch Park today to audition for the popular FOX TV talent competition American Idol. The American Idol Audition Bus is currently on a five-city tour throughout the Southeast in search of contestants. Crowds in previous tour stops like Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Little Rock, Ark. have numbered in the thousands.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is raising the cost of power by 1.5 percent - but most consumers probably won’t feel the effect.
Base electric rates will go up by one-point-five percent on October first for the first time in two years as TVA works to increase falling revenues. TVA expects to sell less electricity in the 2014 fiscal year.
But thanks to lower monthly fuel cost adjustments, most customers are unlikely to notice the increase when it goes into effect. For example, this month, cost adjustments are expected to lower average bills by about 6 percent.