Oak Ridge Schools
9:19 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Oak Ridge City Funding Issue Could Mean School Closure


The Oak Ridge City Schools could close October 1st unless the city addresses a funding issue. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Oak Ridge City Schools could close unless the city finds $250,000.

The state gave notice that it would withhold almost $1.9 million a month from the school system, unless the city meets state-mandated funding.

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U.S. News & World Report Rankings
2:43 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

UT Campus Slips One Spot Away From Top 25 Goal—Or Does It?

UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek addresses the media to discuss the latest university rankings from U.S. News and World Report (09.10.13)
Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

In 2010, then-Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee challenged the University of Tennessee with the goal of becoming a Top 25 public research university by the year 2020.  Since then, UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek has engaged in a relentless public campaign to make that happen. 

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11:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Developer Pays $8.5 Million For West Knox County Land Parcel

An open field at Kingston Pike and Cedar Bluff Road has been sold for $8.5 million.
Credit Google Maps

  The last open field bordering Cedar Bluff Road in Knoxville has been sold to a developer for eight-point-five million dollars.                                

The four corners formed by the intersection of Cedar Bluff road and Kingston Pike went from empty fields to shopping centers in a matter of a few months, in some cases. Now the the last section of undeveloped land in that quadrant has sold.

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special coverage
3:50 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Special Coverage Tuesday Evening

Credit Matt Ortega

Tonight President Barack Obama spoke of the options on the table regarding action against Syria.  Coverage was hosted by NPR's Audie Cornish.  

Additional coverage and analysis of the President's speech can be found at

Chattanooga: Same-Sex Partner Policy
10:38 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Chattanooga City Officials Want Health Benefits For Same-Sex Domestic Partners Of City Workers


The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Mayor Andy Berke says treating all city workers equally includes offering health benefits to same-sex domestic partners.  

City Councilman Chris Anderson is heading that effort, which includes an official nondiscrimination policy against gay and lesbian city workers. Activists are calling for similar policies in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. 

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Military Action in Syria
4:30 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Protestors Plan Anti-War Demonstration In Knoxville Today


  Members of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) and others opposed to possible U.S. military action in Syria are planning to protest on a downtown Knoxville sidewalk this morning. 

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VW Chattanooga
9:39 am
Fri September 6, 2013

VW Negotiates With UAW Over Works Council At Chattanooga Plant


Employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant have been let into the loop on a discussion among company officials and representatives with the United Auto Workers.                                    

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Obituary: Bill Wilcox
5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

A Tribute To Oak Ridge Historian Bill Wilcox

Bill Wilcox at his 90th birthday party, Spring 2013

Oak Ridge nuclear scientist and city historian Bill Wilcox died this week at age 90. Wilcox arrived in Oak Ridge in 1943 and worked as a nuclear chemist on the Manhattan Project. He spent the rest of his life recording the history of the project and the city of Oak Ridge.

Y-12 historian Ray Smith spoke with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper about the public legacy Wilcox leaves behind in the Secret City… 


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9:41 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Special Program: Last Night of the BBC Proms

Be listening Sunday evening, September 8, from 6-9 p.m., as WUOT and American Public Media present Last Night of the BBC Proms. Join us as Marin Alsop becomes the first female conductor of the Last Night of the Proms. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and violinist Nigel Kennedy will also join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus in a concert that runs from Rossini and Handel arias to a mass sing-along. 

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Jail Overcrowding
3:19 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Roane County Jail Staves Off State Decertification; Cocke County Jail Not So Fortunate

The Cocke County Old Jail is located on the 3rd floor of the county's 83 year-old courthouse

In two separate inspections this year, the Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) found Roane County Jail inmates packed into the facility, far beyond its official capacity.  The inspection reports noted a shortage of wash basins and toilets, especially in the women’s section of the jail.  For a jail built only four years ago to alleviate overcrowding, the threat of decertification loomed large.  

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