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Kituwah Academy
3:59 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Lessons In Cherokee Teach More Than Language

Bo Lossiah says every book for the New Kituwah Academy has to be rewritten in the Cherokee syllabary for immersion classes.
Credit Christine Jessel

At the New Kituwah Academy in Cherokee, North Carolina, a sign above the entrance reads, “English Stops Here.” 

Renissa McLaughlin manages the Kituwah Preservation and Education Program for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina.

“English is what you would consider a cancerous language. It just devours other indigenous languages,” she says.

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Obamacare
12:14 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Tennesseans May Pay Some Of The Nation’s Lowest ACA Health Insurance Rates

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  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?

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Domestic Violence
3:59 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation Releases State Domestic Violence Statistics

Credit Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

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.

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TDOT Bid Projects
4:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

TDOT Announces Upcoming Bid Projects

Credit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/

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. 

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Law Enforcement
2:52 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

List of Meth Convictions Lags Behind Goals

Credit rid-meth.org

  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.

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Y-12 Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility
9:51 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Exterior Cracks In Y-12's Uranium Stockpile Facility Pose Little Concern

Highly Enriched Uranium Storage Facility at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Credit http://media.knoxnews.com/media/img/photos/2012/09/01/y12_web_t607.jpg

The Knoxville News Sentinel asked B&W Y-12 and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board about exterior cracks found during an August survey at the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility.

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UT Veterinary Medical Center
3:34 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

UT Knoxville Veterinary Medical Center Opens "Crown Jewel" Facilities

Veterinary technicians prepare a horse for an MRI at the UT Veterinary Medical Center's Equine Hospital.
Credit https://vetmed.tennessee.edu
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Knoxville City Primary
2:57 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Voter Participation In Knoxville Primary Reaching Historically Low Levels

Credit WUOT, Matt Shafer Powell

There are 90,168 eligible voters who can cast ballots in the Knoxville City Council primary, which ends with Tuesday’s election.

As Early Voting closed Thursday evening, only 713 Knoxvillians had actually done so.  That’s a turnout rate short of 1%. 

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Huffman Haslam Petition
3:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Some School Superintendents Withdraw Names From Open Letter To Haslam

Credit Flickr Creative Commons by Auxesis.

Seven local school superintendents have withdrawn their names from a petition asking Tennessee’s governor to recall the state education commissioner. Earlier this month, 63 school superintendents across the state signed a petition criticizing Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. Governor Haslam responded with a letter expressing disappointment with the petition. He also backed up Commissioner Huffman's proposals for education reform and encouraged both sides to communicate better.

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Lucas Richman
3:46 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Maestro Lucas Richman To Leave KSO

Credit Knoxville Symphony

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Music Director Lucas Richman has announced he will be leaving the orchestra following the 2014-2015 season, his 12th in Knoxville.  Richman is currently under contract through 2014, but KSO officials say he has agreed to continue with the symphony an additional year. 

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