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University of TN: Forensic Anthropology Center
9:22 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Mass Grave Project Part Of Human Rights Initiative

UT Anthropology graduate student Katie Corcoran (left) digs the first shovel of dirt with volunteer Devin White (right) for one of four graves at the Forensic Anthropology Center, in February of 2013. The mass grave research project will observe ten bodies for three years, detecting changes in the ground and looking at multispectral imagery. (PHOTO BY AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS / NEWS SENTINEL)
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A new experiment is underway at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center, at the world-famous “Body Farm”.

Anthropology graduate student Katie Corcoran is studying four new graves, specifically mass graves. Corcoran and her team are measuring the changes that occur as the human remains deteriorate.

Corcoran and Devin White, a Senior Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about the experiment and the technology they’re putting to use…

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Education
3:59 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Replica Of Columbus Ships Dock In Knoxville

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Two ships anchored at the docks at Calhoun’s in downtown Knoxville this week look unlike any of the others stopped here. The ships, replicas of fifteenth century Portugese cavarels, are anchored along the docks.Captain and ship builder Morgan Sanger says the replicas match the Pinta and the Niña, ships of the Columbus expedition, and create a living history he’s been happy to share with area students.

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U.S. Army: Fort Campbell
4:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Returns From Final Deployment

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More than 140 soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division returned to Fort Campbell yesterday after a six-month deployment in Afghanistan.

Yesterday’s return also marked the end of the unit, one of 10 brigade combat teams the Army is shutting down.

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Law
6:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Knox Criminal Court Clerk to Appear At Meeting On Judicial Errors

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Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey says she will be at a planned meeting in which county political and law enforcement officials will try to get answers on a series of alleged mistakes in McCroskey's office. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 28.

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WBIR-TV Investigation
4:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Knox County Officials To Meet Concerning Wrongful Arrests

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A Knox County judge said he’ll talk with local leaders about errors in the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk's Office that led to some wrongful arrests.                                      

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Law
6:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Federal Suits Ask for Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages

Dr. Sophy Jesty, left, and Dr. Valeria Tanco of Knoxville speak outside the Davidson County courthouse in Nashville on October, 21, 2013. The two are plaintiffs in a lawsuit over Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage.
Credit Shelley Mays, Nashville Tennessean

Four gay couples filed lawsuits in federal district court in Nashville on Monday, seeking to compel the state to recognize their marriages.

All four couples, including one from Knoxville, were married in states that offer same-sex marriage, then moved to Tennessee. Attorneys representing the couples say the state's constitutional ban of same-sex marriage denies their clients some basic legal protections straight couples in Tennessee already possess.

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Drosophila suzukii
4:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

New Threat To East Tennessee Crops

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Scientists say there’s a new threat to crops in East Tennessee.

The Drosophila suzukii or spotted-wing drosophila, is a fruit fly, and a threat to Eastern Tennessee crops, especially berries.

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U.S. Civil War
4:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Maury County Civil War Soldiers Receive Honors

Jo Ann McClellan and Elizabeth Queener helped add names to the Maury County War Memorial. George Walker IV / The Tennessean
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A ceremony tomorrow at the Maury County War Memorial will commemorate the Battle of Nashville in 1864 and unveil the names of 58 Maury County soldiers who fought for the Union.

The names were uncovered during research into four black soldiers whose names were to be added the memorial. 

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Government
6:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Gov. Haslam Creates Temporary Judicial Nomination Panel

Credit Chattanooga Times Free Press

 Governor Bill Haslam has appointed an ad-hoc committee to nominate candidates for the state’s court system. The Tennessee General Assembly decided to let the state judicial nominating commission die at the end of June. But Tennessee voters won’t decide how to proceed until November 2014, creating uncertainty in the legal community over how the state would pick new judges to replace those who step down or die in office. Governor Haslam says his decision to create a temporary committee is necessary to keep the state’s judiciary alive.

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Traffic Fatalities
3:37 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Tennessee Traffic Deaths On Pace To Match 2012

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

When you're talking about the annual number of traffic fatalities in Tennessee, the magic number is 1000. 

For most of the past 60 years, the yearly total of deaths on Tennessee roads has hovered somewhere above the 1000 mark, reaching a record of 1444 in 1973.

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