When medical researchers plot health statistics on a map, patterns begin to emerge. Those patterns can show where diseases are most common, or point to connections between geography and health. Some of those maps display some disturbing patterns in the thirteen-state Appalachian region.

On this edition of HealthConnections, Dr. Carole Myers explores the patterns of poor health in Appalachia, and what could be done to address them.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's eighth and final budget proposal urges a short-term fix for educational programs, pay increases for county sheriff's deputies and highway construction.

The $819 million spending plan holds the line on property tax rates, a staple of Burchett's two terms in office. It is a 2.6 percent increase over the current fiscal year.

Knoxville Opera is presenting Verdi's grand and epic opera, Aida. Performances will be given at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Friday, May 4th at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 6th at 2:30. Featuring a cast of over two-hundred and an orchestra of over fifty , Aida has not been performed in Knoxville in eighteen years.

Soprano, Michelle Johnson sings the role of Aida and tenor, Dongwon Shin, the role of Radames. Together, they discuss the opera, their characters, Verdi's gorgeous music, and their prior experiences of singing these roles. 


In the autumn of 2008, federal agents raided a compound in southwestern Arkansas. They freed six girls who'd grown up on self-styled evangelist Tony Alamo's watch. A week later, Alamo was arrested on charges he carried minors across state lines for sexual purposes.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Beverly Davenport will soon vacate the eighth-floor office suite she's held since becoming chancellor of the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus fifteen months ago. Today, the university announced Davenport's removal, effective July 1.

A letter from UT System President Joe DiPietro read, in part, "I have decided it is in the best interest of the University of Tennessee to change the leadership of our flagship campus and terminate your appointment as chancellor..."