A new analysis of political contributions nationwide in 2012 shows the Haslam family as the leading political donors in Tennessee. The Sunlight Foundation has released a list of elite political donors, what it calls the “one percent of one percent”.
A judge has ruled that a discrimination lawsuit can proceed against the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Former department employee Annie Hendricks sued the state in November, claiming that her duties were given to two less-experienced black employees. It’s one of two racial discrimination lawsuits against the agency. The other was filed by Donald Ingram, former administrator of the Division of Employment Security. Both claim that during the two years that former Commissioner Karla Davis ran the agency, Davis, who is black, forced white employees out.
This go 'round on WUOT's The Method, Christine Jessel talks to researchers who are trying to give batteries a boost. That could mean cheaper goods and more power in your electronic devices. Then, Brandon Hollingsworth sits down with University of Tennessee entomologist John Skinner to find out what could explain the mysterious disappearance of bees in North America and Europe.
The East Tennessee city of Collegedale is on the verge of being the first municipality in the state to grant health care benefits to all domestic partners.
Collegedale City Commission members passed the first reading of a plan to give the same benefits that married city workers receive to heterosexual and same-sex partners of city employees. Collegedale commissioners voted 4 to 1 in favor of including domestic partners in the city benefits plan. A second reading of the plan is expected in August.
If you want to find out if a rare bird like the Prairie Warbler is living near you, you can stand out in a field and listen for its call. But that could take hours. Or days. Or months. And you still might miss it.
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that getting a job is going to get tougher in the coming years. Nationwide, through the year 2020, growth is projected for high-skilled jobs, but employment in manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting is expected to decline.
The US Army announced a restructuring plan yesterday, which means cutting the number of active-duty combat brigades and decreasing the service by 80,000 soldiers. The plan will affect Fort Campbell, on the Tennessee - Kentucky border.
A new report claims Tennessee is suffering a severe shortage of qualified dentists and the problem isn't likely to be resolved in the coming years. The Pew Charitable Trusts' In Search of Dental Care report identifies "shortage areas" throughout the country in which the ratio of dentists to residents is particularly troublesome. Approximately 19% of Tennesseans don't have access to a dentist who can provide routine care, a dubious distinction that ranks Tennessee among the worst in the natio
Maybe he was looking to find a place where he could get a good night's sleep. Maybe he was lonely and looking for a little female companionship. Or maybe he was inspired by the story of an 82 year-old nun who broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge last summer.
No, says Knoxville Zoo Mammal Curator Amy Flew, the young black bear seen scaling one of the zoo's perimeter fences early this morning was probably just looking for food. And for the record, she says no one is sure whether the bear was actually a "he".