In a state that has only executed six death row inmates since 1960, Tennessee appears ready to enter a period in which executions become more common.
The Tennessean reports the State Attorney General’s office recently petitioned the Tennessee Supreme Court to schedule ten executions, an unprecedented number. One of those requests has been granted; Billy Ray Irick is scheduled to die January 15 for the 1985 rape and murder of a seven year-old Knoxville girl.
Public school teachers in Knox County continue to push county school leaders to address their concerns about teacher evaluations, curriculum pressures and other issues. Twenty-six educators, along with students, parents and supporters, articulated those concerns to the Knox County Board of Education at its regular meeting Wednesday night.
The future of TennCare is shadowed by uncertainty, but the people who depend on the state's Medicaid program say they're happy with the mdical service they get.
The University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research surveyed 5,000 TennCare recipients this summer, and 95 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with the medical care they received. TennCare is geared toward providing medical care to 1.2 million Tennesseans, mainly low-income households, the disabled and the elderly.
Ask a newlywed couple what they think about each other and chances are, they’ll present a rosy picture. That’s not a surprise, since cultural norms suggest newlyweds should act as if they’re head-over-heels in love with each other.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that traditionally, teachers in Tennessee have entered the profession in their early 20's and have stayed for 25 years or longer. But now, many teachers in the state are leaving the profession after only a few years, with some estimates saying as many as half leave in the first five years.
The November edition of The Method looks at some current issues facing lawmakers as they try to marry science and policy.
First up, Chrissy Keuper speaks with Bill Colglazier, Science and Technology Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, Brandon Hollingsworth talks about the sometimes-heated debate over water use with Terry Tyler, an energy expert lending his services to the Howard Baker Center in Knoxville.
What does it mean to be a man in the year 2013? How does today’s man adjust to changing attitudes about sexuality, gender identity and masculinity? How does it change the way he interacts with his family and circle of friends? What’s the relationship between masculinity and violence, fatherhood, feminism and intimacy? On this episode of Dialogue, Matt Shafer Powell speaks with Roane State Community College Psychology Professor Jim Doyle, who has spent decades researching the roles of men in American society.