In this installment of WUOT's The Method, Brandon Hollingsworth talks with author Ernest Freeberg about Thomas Edison's greatest invention: Modern America. Chrissy Keuper speaks with a biologist about the fungal infection threatening bat populations across the country. And we find the common ground between Edwin Hubble and Giuseppe Verdi.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is losing its biggest customer today. USEC, Inc., is shutting down its Kentucky-based gaseous diffusion plant, ending 1,000 jobs over the next year. USEC Senior Vice President Robert Van Namen tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press rising industrial power rates played a big role in the decision.
USEC, which has enriched uranium for TVA and other utilities since 1952, accounted for about 5 percent, or nearly $600 million, of TVA power sales last year.
Wildlife researchers say White Nose Syndrome is now a threat to bat populations across North America, having killed bats in 22 states and 5 Canadian provinces… and it’s still spreading. Gary McCracken is chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee and he's a bat biologist. Dr. McCracken is part of a group studying White Nose Syndrome and charting its spread across the country. He says they’ve already learned quite a bit about both the disease and the fungus that causes it…
A new report by the real estate web site Zillow shows about one in five Knoxville homeowners is underwater on their mortgage. The quarterly report by Zillow looks at the number of homeowners who have what’s called “negative equity”—they owe more on their homes than what they could get if they sold them.
In Knoxville, 20 percent of the homes are underwater, but that goes as high as 36 percent in some parts of the city. The farther west you go from the city center, the more the rate drops. For example, only about 9 percent of homeowners are underwater in Farragut.
Georgia and Alabama are among several states that recently proposed dropping Common Core curriculum. Susan Benner, the Director and Associate Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, has been following the political tussles.
The Associated Press reports two employees of the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain have pleaded guilty in a federal probe of the company’s business practices.
Northeastern sales director Arnold Ralenkotter pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Knoxville. Regional accounts representative Ashley Smith Judd also pleaded guilty to conspiracy.