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 But a report in the Nashville Tennessean found that list is out of date, potentially reducing its effectiveness.
Seven local school superintendents have withdrawn their names from a petition asking Tennessee’s governor to recall the state education commissioner.Earlier this month, 63 school superintendents across the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.
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.