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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
Credit SeeMidTN.com

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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September Dialogue 2013
4:02 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Dialogue: Tennessee's Geologic Story

A geologic map of Tennessee.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

Vast oceans, meteor craters, earthquakes and titanic continental collisions. The story of Tennessee is written in the rocks beneath our feet. Flip through the pages, and you're flipping through millions of years of time.

This week on Dialogue, host Brandon Hollingsworth and geologists Robert Hatcher and Harry Moore tell Tennessee's geologic story, start to finish.

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Drug Use in Tennessee
4:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Heroin Use Increasing In Tennessee

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According to the TBI, the number of incidents involving heroin use surged last year in Tennessee, and has more than doubled since 2010. 

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the largest increases have been seen in the state’s largest counties, including Knox County.

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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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