On this edition of The Method, we meet Josh Emery, a planetary scientist who just found out that not all is as it seems in the heavens above. And then, it's back down to Earth with environmental writer Bill McKibben, who argues that we either need to save the planet or start thinking about calling it something else.
Uncertainty over budget cuts means job reductions at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason told staff yesterday that as many as 475 jobs could be lost, though the number will most likely be lower. Mason announced a “voluntary separation program” with financial incentives for employees who willingly leave their jobs.
That program is effective October 1st; employees can apply until November 14th.
In 2008, a storage wall at the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant in East Tennessee collapsed, dumping more than a billion gallons of coal ash waste into the surrounding rivers and community. The wet, gray sludge covered more than 300 acres, killed thousands of fish, destroyed some nearby homes and filled the Emory and Clinch Rivers to their banks.
The Coalition for a Constitutional Senate says U.S. Senate candidate Joe Carr lifted phrases and entire sentences from a conservative research think tank’s website in response to a political questionnaire.
Carr tells The Tennessean he did some research, wrote down his answers, and says he thought he was pretty clear that those thoughts and ideas were not completely his own.
A right-to-work group is filing charges with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of eight workers at the Hamilton County Volkswagen plant who say they were misled by the United Auto Workers union.
On October 1, the federal government will move forward with the next stage of the Affordable Care Act. Throughout the country, on-line marketplaces will open up, offering detailed information on health care plans available to qualified customers. As the date approaches, the questions are already piling up: Will I qualify? How will the exchanges work? What choices will I have? What will my plan cover? And how much will I be expected to pay for health insurance?
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released the results of a two-year study on domestic violence in Tennessee.
It examined self-reported domestic violence cases in the state between 2010 and 2012.
Overall, the T-B-I reports domestic violence decreased statewide by 3-point-four percent over the two-year study period. But the agency cautions the decrease doesn’t necessarily show a trend: Researchers say they can’t count offenses victims choose not to report, and analysts say domestic violence continues to be underreported in the state.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin taking bids on 86 road construction projects next month.
Most of the projects up for bid across the state would add or repair guard rails and cable barriers along interstates and state routes. TDOT also plans to bid out several bridge repairs across the state.
Recent federal data revealed several of the state’s bridges have been flagged for structural deficiencies. TDOT reports 25 of those bridges so far are either fixed or under repair.
A 2011 state law requires the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to compile and maintain a list of people who have been convicted of methamphetamine use. But a report in the Nashville Tennessean found that list is out of date, potentially reducing its effectiveness.