Elections 2014
6:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Tennessee Libertarians Still Seek Place On The Ballot


Recent court rulings have given candidates belonging to the Green and Constitution parties a spot on Tennessee's election ballots. But libertarians are still looking for similar luck.

The Libertarian Party of Tennessee recently filed a suit seeking ballot access, according to the Associated Press. Attorneys representing the party argued Tennessee's ballot-access rules, crafted half a century ago, create an unnecessarily tough standard. That infringes on the party's rights of free speech and association, the lawsuit contended.

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Attorney General
3:16 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Supreme Court Selects Republican AG After Contentious Year


When conservatives in Tennessee failed to unseat three Democratic Supreme Court justices in a statewide election last month, Democratic Attorney General Bob Cooper thought he might have a chance at another eight-year term.

He was wrong.

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Criminal Law
3:41 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

East Tenn Man Loses Appeal In Ammunition Possession Case

Credit Chattanooga Times Free Press

A convicted felon who was sent to prison for 15 years for possessing seven shotgun shells has failed in his bid to have the sentence overturned.

Edward Lamar Young of Hixson says the shells were in a chest of drawers he brought from his neighbor’s house while helping her clear out some of her late husband’s belongings.  Young says he eventually discovered them, but didn’t think anything of it and put them away so his children wouldn’t find them.

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Law Enforcement
6:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

UT Police Chief Part Of Team Addressing On-Campus Sexual Assault

Credit University of Tennessee Police Department

Here at WUOT, we receive e-mail messages each time a sexual assault is reported on the University of Tennessee campus. Less than a month into this new semester, it seemed we were getting more of those messages than usual. It turns out we were right. We were getting more sexual assault notices. But for reasons you might not guess.

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Veteran Suicides
2:21 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

State Officials At Loss To Explain Increase In Veteran Suicides


 Last year, 214 military veterans in Tennessee took their own lives, 17 more than the previous year. 

It’s the first time the total number of veteran suicides has eclipsed 200 since the state began tracking it in 1990.

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Urban Development
6:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Planned Tennova Hospital Still Faces Opposition

An aerial rendition of Tennova's planned Middlebrook Pike hospital.
Credit Tennova Healthcare

Tennova Healthcare still wants to build a new hospital facility off Middlebrook Pike in West Knoxville, and some residents still oppose it. The debate may come to a head in November.

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US News & World Report
1:28 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

UT Falls In National Rankings; Officials ‘Not Disappointed”

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  The University of Tennessee in Knoxville has fallen three spots in US News and World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s public universities.  This year’s report places UT in a tie with the University of Oregon at #50.  In the National Universities list, which includes private universities, UT slipped five spots to #106.

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Labor & Workforce
6:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Tennessee Lacks Workplace Safety Structure For Tobacco Farms

A tobacco farm in Canada.
Credit Marco Manna/Creative Commons

Tennessee workplace safety officials don't carry out routine inspections of tobacco farms, creating an environment that labor advocates say leads to a higher risk for on-the-job injuries.

The Nashville Tennessean reviewed federal records and found that no safety inspections have been carried out at Tennessee tobacco farms since December 2006.

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Domestic Violence
4:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Tennessee Still Among Most Deadly States For Women In Relationships

The rate at which women are murdered by men in Tennessee (blue), compared to the national average (red) over the last ten years. (Dates refer to the year the report was released)
Credit WUOT News/ Violence Policy Center

In 2012, 53 women were killed by men in Tennessee.

The average victim was 40 years old.

She was white, but 21 of her fellow victims were black.

She was most likely to have been shot with a gun by a man she knew.  In fact, none of the 53 women were killed by strangers.  She was romantically involved with him at the time of her murder, or she had been at one time.   Her murder was probably the result of an argument.

In Tennessee, it’s a familiar tale.

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Lost Highway
4:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Lost Highway: The Life And Music Of Hank Williams

Actor/Singer/Songwriter Peter Oyloe portrays iconic singer Hank Williams in the Clarence Brown Theatre production of "Lost Highway"
Credit Elizabeth Aaron

The late country singer and songwriter Hank Williams has a special place in Knoxville lore.  After all, Knoxville was the last place Williams was seen alive before his mysterious, premature death at the age of 29.  Tonight, "Lost Highway", the story of Hank Williams' life and music, comes to the stage at the Clarence Brown Theatre.

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