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Zip Lines
4:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Commercial Zip Lines Face New Inspections, Regulations

Amusement Device Inspector Manager Lee Bentley, left, will be joined by another inspector to handle a increased work load thanks in large part to zip line popularity.
Credit Tennessee Department of Labor

The Tennessee Department of Labor says zip lines have been popping up across the state, and new policies this year are keeping inspectors busy.

New safety and operations policies for zip line installation and operation went into effect on January first. Jeff Hentschel with the Tennessee Department of Labor says the department hired another zip line inspector to keep up with this year’s workload.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The Method: Migrating Trees, Radiochemistry and Preventing Blackouts

A TVA helicopter used to monitor power transmission lines from the air.
Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

This go 'round on The Method,  a scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab is working to predict how climate change will affect Tennessee's forests and possibly the 39,000 jobs they provide. Then, Chrissy Keuper interviews the new head of the University of Tennessee's radiochemistry lab. And ten years after the nation's biggest blackout, we look at how TVA is trying to prevent the next major power failure.

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Labor Day Weekend
3:58 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Knoxville Braces For Busy Weekend

Credit news.tn.gov

The City of Knoxville is preparing for what has evolved into the busiest weekend of the year. 

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Interview: Howard Hall
5:16 am
Fri August 30, 2013

The University Of Tennessee's New Radiochemistry Center Of Excellence

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The University of Tennessee has just opened a new Center of Excellence in Radiochemistry. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with center director Howard Hall about what radiochemistry is and why he feels its applications are important…

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Cherokee Bear Zoo
4:30 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Animal Rights Group Increases Pressure On Cherokee NC Zoo

Images of captive bears at the Chief Saunooke Bear Park in Cherokee, NC eventually led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to shut it down.
Credit peta.org

The national animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is turning up the heat on a small privately-owned roadside zoo in Cherokee, North Carolina, where, PETA officials say, the bears are forced to live in stark, concrete pits with little or no natural stimulation.   PETA says it will focus more of its attention on the Cherokee Bear Zoo now that a similar attraction in Cherokee has been shut down.

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Justice For All
12:03 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

WUOT Original Series: Justice For All

The Knox County Public Defenders staff is headquartered at the Community Law Office on Liberty Street in Knoxville
Credit WUOT, Matt Shafer Powell

If you’ve ever watched a cop show on TV, you’re probably familiar with the line in the Miranda Warning that guarantees an attorney for those defendants who can’t afford one. 

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Knoxville
3:59 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Urban Wilderness Adds Acreage In Midst Of Parkway Debate

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Knoxville’s urban wilderness is gaining new ground in the midst of a debate over its future development. 

The wilderness gained a hundred acres this week in a land grant from the family of late Knoxville businessman and developer Pat Wood.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Knoxville's Henley Street Bridge to Open by Thanksgiving

Workers pour the final load of concrete onto the Henley Street Bridge, August 22, 2013.
Credit Tennessee Department of Transportation

Two-and-a-half years of detours and headaches for South Knoxville residents, business owners and commuters will come to an end before the year is out. The Tennessee Department of Transportation says it plans to re-open the historic Henley Street Bridge by Thanksgiving, restoring a critical direct link between Knoxville and its southern neighborhoods in time for the holiday travel season.

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Tennessee Virtual Academy
4:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Virtual School Students See Failing Scores Again This Year

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A virtual school that’s part of the Union County school district will remain open, despite two years of failing scores.                        

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Knoxville Museum of Art
4:30 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Knoxville Museum Of Art Closes For Renovations

Credit knoxart.org

Visitors who want to see the Knoxville Museum of Art will have to put their plans on hold for a while.

The museum officially closed Sunday evening and won’t reopen for three months.  During that time, construction crews will remodel bathrooms, replace floors and upgrade lighting, all part of the museum’s most ambitious renovation since it moved to World’s Fair Park in 1990. 

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