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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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2013 Manufacturing Report Card
4:30 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Report Says Tennessee Manufacturing Growth Limited By Education

Credit http://conexus.cberdata.org/

A new report finds that Tennessee’s manufacturing sector is strong, but its growth is limited by worker education.

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Tennessee Voting
7:05 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Tennessee Secretary Of State Issues Opinion Over Voter Registration And Citizenship

Credit www.tn.gov

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.

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TBI Domestic Violence Report
6:48 am
Thu June 20, 2013

TBI Releases Report On Domestic Violence In Tennessee

Credit http://www.tbi.tn.gov/

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.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

State Officials To Hear From The Public On Alcoa Highway Plans

Alcoa Highway's northern terminus at I-40 in Knoxville.
Credit OKRoads.com

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.

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TN Dept of Labor
4:30 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

More Senior-Staff Shakeups In The Tennessee Labor Department

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.

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