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.
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.
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.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says the state is not affected by a recent US Supreme Court ruling concerning proof of citizenship and voting. The high court’s ruling regards an Arizona law that requires people registering to vote to show proof of citizenship.
Tennessee doesn't require that proof, but anyone one registering to vote in Tennessee must swear that he or she is a citizen.
A new study on domestic violence in Tennessee found that almost 15% of all crimes reported in the state are domestic in nature. The study from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation analyzed more than 40,000 incidents of domestic violence involving spouses, children, grandparents or extended family in 2012. It found that women are twice as likely to be victimized as men and children are victims in 16% of all cases of family violence.
Alcoa Highway between Knoxville and Maryville handles between 40,000 and 50,000 vehicles daily, and that number is expected to increase in coming years. The route, officially known as U.S. Highway 129, is an important artery connecting Blount and Knox counties, and accidents along the road's curves are a common occurrence.
Another worker has been fired from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. State Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips terminated the job of Fiscal Services Administrator Ron Jones, but hasn’t named a replacement. Jones oversaw the department’s more-than-$250-million operating budget.