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Anderson County Jail Fees
4:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Anderson County Jail Inmates May Pay More Of Their Way

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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.

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American Idol
4:30 am
Fri August 23, 2013

American Idol Audition Bus Rolls Into Knoxville

Credit cityofknoxville.org

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.     

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TVA
4:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

TVA's Base Power Rate Increases

Credit Tennessee Valley Authority

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.  

 

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Immigration
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Federal Immigration Decision Produces Varying Reactions in Knox County

Knox County's sheriff is livid. Immigrants' rights advocates are pleased. Two very different reactions generated by one decision.

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Next Wave Radio Project
4:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Celeste de la Rosa- Turning A Disability Into An Opportunity

Credit WUOT File Photo: Matt Shafer Powell

The job interview can be an intimidating experience even for the most prepared and confident candidate, but a job seeker with a disability faces an even greater set of challenges.  They have to show the employer they can do the job, but they also have to overcome any fears and assumptions the employer may have about working with someone who has a disability.  As part of our Next Wave Radio Project, WUOT’s Celeste de la Rosa looks into how some of those job candidates are turning their disabilities into opportunities... 

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Secrets of Ancient Roman Fort
2:16 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

UT Research Team Unearths Clues About Lives of Roman Soldiers

The Wadi Gharandal in Southern Jordan contains a spring that may have provided water to Roman soldiers living at this desert outpost in the 4th century.
Credit Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project

In what’s being described as the type of find archeologists “dream of making”, a team of researchers and students from the University of Tennessee say they’ve discovered valuable clues to the lives of ancient Roman soldiers who once lived in the middle of the South Jordanian desert.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Carr's Senate Bid No Easy Path

State Representative Joe Carr.
Credit Joe Carr for Senate

On Tuesday, Tennessee state Representative Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) announced he would abandon his bid for the 4th Congressional District seat and instead pursue a bigger target: incumbent U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

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TN: Education Acheivement Gap
4:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Achievement Gap Between Poor And Affluent Tennessee Students Widens

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The achievement gap between poor and affluent children in Tennessee is widening, even as the gap between minority students and their peers narrows. 

The Tennessean newspaper reports that last year, 60% of the state’s top schools served mostly poor children. This year, the number is just over 40%.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Think Tank to Tennessee Education Officals: Rethink Funding Priorities

Credit Beacon Center

A report from a Nashville-based libertarian organization scrutinized education spending in Tennessee, and its authors said the state needs to shift education funding priorities.

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DCS
11:51 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Chattanooga Murder Case Highlights DCS Computer Deficiencies

Ty'Reke Evans died in December of 2011 after suffering from multiple bruises, swelling of the brain, needle punctures, broken ribs and lacerations to his bowels and liver.
Credit WRCB-TV

A Chattanooga couple appears in court today in a murder and child abuse case that exposed flaws in the $27 million computer system used by the Department of Children’s Services to track case histories. 

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