Western Governor's University
4:04 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Tennessee Launches "Competency-Based" University


In a typical university setting, a student attends classes and accumulates credits until he or she receives a degree.  In a "competency-based" model, the student attends on-line classes and receives the degree when he or she shows a complete understanding of the subject matter.

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Gates Grant
6:47 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Knox County Schools Gets Gates Foundation Grant


Knox County Schools is one of four school districts in the US to receive a new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre says the district will get a $1.2 million Smart Spending grant:  $850,000 from the foundation and the rest from a local match.

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5:12 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Knox School Board Considers Magnet School Proposal

Pellissippi State Community College's Strawberry Plains campus in eastern Knox County.
Credit Pellissippi State Community College

The Knox County School Board meets Monday night to discuss a proposed career and technical education magnet school in the eastern part of the county. School leaders plan to open the facility in the fall of 2014 in a special wing of Pellissippi State Community College’s campus in Strawberry Plains.

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5:44 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Sen. Campfield Asks For TBI Investigation Into Phone Poll

State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville).
Credit Tennessee General Assembly

State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) is asking the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into a poll that solicited voters' opinions of the lawmaker. Campfield says the poll, conducted last month, may have violated anti-harassment laws.

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3:00 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Spring And Summer Rains Bring Savings For TVA

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

Heavier use usually translates to higher power bills over the summer. But the Tennessee Valley Authority’s part of your fuel bill this summer may actually be a little lower than usual. TVA spokesman Scott Brooks says rainfall this summer has put more water over the Tennessee Valley Authority’s 29 hydroelectric dams.

“We’re about 138 percent above normal hydrogeneration, which means 38 percent above normal generation for hydro,” he says.

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Fourth of July
5:48 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Big Fourth Of July Displays Continue Despite Forecast

Credit Robert Tuck, flickr Creative Commons.

Last year, a heat wave led some East Tennessee communities to postpone fireworks displays. This year, the threat of heavy rains is leading to the same result across the region. Oak Ridge, Clinton and Jefferson County are postponing 2013 celebrations. But Marci Claude, Public Relations Manager at the Knoxville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, says the threat hasn’t stopped the nation’s first Fourth of July parade.

“We cannot postpone this parade; there’s too many people involved, too much going on and the floats are being set up and decorated right now,” she says.   

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TDEC Demotion
7:36 am
Wed July 3, 2013

TDEC Official Demoted For Comments


Officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation say they’ve demoted the deputy director of the agency’s Division of Water Resources. Sherwin Smith was demoted after telling some Mount Pleasant residents that their complaints about water quality could be considered terrorism. Smith is now in his former post with the Revolving Fund Program, which helps fund state water projects with low-interest loans.

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Duncan Diversion
6:44 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Former Knox County Trustee Duncan Eligible For Diversion

John J. Duncan III

Former Knox County Trustee John Duncan III is eligible for diversion, despite a state law.

Duncan pleaded guilty July 2nd to a felony charge of official misconduct and resigned from office. He was sentenced to one year of probation for giving more than $20,000 in bonuses to himself and other workers that he supervised. The bonuses were given for public administration coursework that was never finished.

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Unemployment Benefits
5:55 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Tennessee Labor Department Postpones Cuts To Jobless Benefits Until December 31st


The state is putting off a cut in payments for those collecting unemployment benefits until the end of the calendar year 2013.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development had planned to eliminate allowances of up to $50 a week for dependents of the unemployed after the move was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this year. 

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New Workers' Compensation Division
4:30 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

New Head For Tennessee's New Workers' Compensation Division

Abbie Hudgens / Head of Workers' Compensation Division, TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development

The head of Tennessee’s brand new Workers' Compensation Division began her six-year term today.

Governor Bill Haslam named Abbie Hudgens to lead the new division, which was created as a part of a new law. That law also removes injured workers claims from state trial courts and creates a special panel to hear those claims and appeals. The panel is appointed by the governor.

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