This weekend, one of the most popular shows on public television will be taping episodes in Knoxville. Between five and six thousand people will bring their valuables and heirlooms to the Knoxville Convention Center on Saturday to be appraised for Antiques Roadshow. Those episodes will air on East Tennessee PBS sometime next year.
All nine major dams along the Tennessee River are spilling water this week as the Tennessee Valley Authority works to manage record water levels. The Tennessee River watershed typically averages 51 inches of rain a year; so far in 2013, more than 40 inches of rain has fallen in the river valley. Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman Travis Brickey says in some places, dams are spilling as much as a million gallons of water per second.
A new report says that cutting the number of high school dropouts in Tennessee would lead to the state saving money on TennCare. The Alliance for Excellent Education says that cutting the number in half would mean an annual savings of $127 million in Tennessee's Medicaid program.
The Loudon County Commission is expected to vote Monday on a proposed budget for the upcoming year, despite open questions about the spending plan.
The overall county budget is pegged $70 million. The debate centers around less than a million of that. $916,000 was moved from reserve funds to shore up the $36 million school system budget. Loudon County commissioner Don Miller tells the Knoxville News Sentinel he isn’t sure the money transfer was legal. State law says such transfers can be spent on "any education purpose," according to the News Sentinel.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has said his decision on whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program will come before the end of the summer... and now new federal rules could influence that decision.
Tennessee Valley Authority officials are planning a public open house to display some of the archaeological discoveries unearthed during an excavation of a downtown Knoxville site. Sealed for years beneath a parking lot, the site west of Market Square contains the foundations of three turn-of-the-century homes, one of which once belonged to businessman and politician Peter Kern.
In a typical university setting, a student attends classes and accumulates credits until he or she receives a degree. In a "competency-based" model, the student attends on-line classes and receives the degree when he or she shows a complete understanding of the subject matter.
The Knox County School Board meets Monday night to discuss a proposed career and technical education magnet school in the eastern part of the county. School leaders plan to open the facility in the fall of 2014 in a special wing of Pellissippi State Community College’s campus in Strawberry Plains.