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Tennessee Job Growth
4:30 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

More Jobs Requiring More Education Predicted In Tennessee And Nationwide

Credit http://cew.georgetown.edu/

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that getting a job is going to get tougher in the coming years. Nationwide, through the year 2020, growth is projected for high-skilled jobs, but employment in manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting is expected to decline.

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US Army Restructuring At Fort Campbell
6:29 am
Wed June 26, 2013

US Army Restructuring Will Affect Fort Campbell

Credit http://www.campbell.army.mil/Pages/CampHome.aspx

The US Army announced a restructuring plan yesterday, which means cutting the number of active-duty combat brigades and decreasing the service by 80,000 soldiers. The plan will affect Fort Campbell, on the Tennessee - Kentucky border.

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In Search of Dental Care
4:30 am
Wed June 26, 2013

One In Five Tennesseans Lacks Access To Dental Care

Credit pewstates.org

A new report claims Tennessee is suffering a severe shortage of qualified dentists and the problem isn't likely to be resolved in the coming years.  The Pew Charitable Trusts' In Search of Dental Care report identifies "shortage areas" throughout the country in which the ratio of dentists to residents is particularly troublesome.  Approximately 19% of Tennesseans don't have access to a dentist who can provide routine care, a dubious distinction that ranks Tennessee among the worst in the natio

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Knoxville Zoo
12:43 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Wild Bear Attempts Knox Zoo Break-in Under Cover Of Darkness

Otis (shown here), one of four black bears at the Knoxville Zoo, was sound asleep last night and oblivious to an attempted break-in by one of his wild cousins.
Credit Knoxville-zoo.org

Maybe he was looking to find a place where he could get a good night's sleep.  Maybe he was lonely and looking for a little female companionship.  Or maybe he was inspired by the story of an 82 year-old nun who broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge last summer. 

No, says Knoxville Zoo Mammal Curator Amy Flew, the young black bear seen scaling one of the zoo's perimeter fences early this morning was probably just looking for food.  And for the record, she says no one is sure whether the bear was actually a "he".

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Nashville Symphony Avoids Bankruptcy
6:33 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Nashville Symphony Strikes Deal With Creditors

The Nashville Symphony has made a deal with creditors. The move will avoid the organization’s bankruptcy and prevent the sale of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The settlement eliminates a debt of more than $80 million in exchange for a lump-sum payment. The amount of that payment isn’t known, but it's given by longtime symphony donor Martha R. Ingram.

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State Government
6:00 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Ruling Clears Way For State Layoffs

Tennessee State Employees Association Executive Director Robert O'Connell

Close to 200 state employees are facing the end of their jobs after a circuit court judge ruled the Haslam administration did not violate state law in ordering layoffs. The ruling is a blow to the workers who were fighting the decision in court.

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Tennessee Unemployment
4:30 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

State Unemployment Child Allowance To End

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development say a new change in unemployment benefits is expected to boost the state’s unemployment trust fund.         

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Kids Count Tennessee
6:36 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Tennessee Ranks Lower This Year For Child Well-Being

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its latest data on the well-being of the nation’s children this morning and Tennessee’s ranking is down from last year. The state ranks 39th for overall child well-being, down three positions from last year.

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Education
3:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Solar Energy Powers Campbell County School Budgets

Early installation, Campbell County solar project.
Credit Efficient Energy of Tennessee.

 Campbell County’s schools are going solar, but they won’t be using that energy inside their buildings. The schools will sell the power they generate from newly-installed solar panels to the Tennessee Valley Authority. Robbie Thomas, president of Efficient Energy of Tennessee, says the schools can get a hefty premium per kilowatt hour that - in some cases - more than doubles the savings they’d get using the same power themselves. 

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2013 Awards
8:50 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

WUOT Receives Four First-Place Awards In Annual Public Radio Broadcasters Contest

WUOT Director of News Content Matt Shafer Powell poses with NPR's Weekend Edition Host Scott Simon at the annual Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) conference in Cleveland, Ohio. WUOT received four First-Place reporting awards at the ceremony, which was hosted by Simon.
Credit Aaron Selbig, PRNDI

On June 22, 2013, WUOT was recognized with four first-place awards at the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

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