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Transportation
6:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Knoxville's Henley Street Bridge to Open by Thanksgiving

Workers pour the final load of concrete onto the Henley Street Bridge, August 22, 2013.
Credit Tennessee Department of Transportation

Two-and-a-half years of detours and headaches for South Knoxville residents, business owners and commuters will come to an end before the year is out. The Tennessee Department of Transportation says it plans to re-open the historic Henley Street Bridge by Thanksgiving, restoring a critical direct link between Knoxville and its southern neighborhoods in time for the holiday travel season.

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Tennessee Virtual Academy
4:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Virtual School Students See Failing Scores Again This Year

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A virtual school that’s part of the Union County school district will remain open, despite two years of failing scores.                        

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Knoxville Museum of Art
4:30 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Knoxville Museum Of Art Closes For Renovations

Credit knoxart.org

Visitors who want to see the Knoxville Museum of Art will have to put their plans on hold for a while.

The museum officially closed Sunday evening and won’t reopen for three months.  During that time, construction crews will remodel bathrooms, replace floors and upgrade lighting, all part of the museum’s most ambitious renovation since it moved to World’s Fair Park in 1990. 

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Anderson County Jail Fees
4:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Anderson County Jail Inmates May Pay More Of Their Way

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Anderson County plans to increase inmate fees to offset the county’s financial burden as it approaches the opening of an addition to the county's detention facility.                                         

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that commissioners have approved raising current rates on items like toilet paper and inmate clothing and may also require inmates to co-pay medical and dental care.

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American Idol
4:30 am
Fri August 23, 2013

American Idol Audition Bus Rolls Into Knoxville

Credit cityofknoxville.org

Aspiring pop stars from all around East Tennessee are expected to converge on Knoxville's Krutch Park today to audition for the popular FOX TV talent competition American Idol.  The American Idol Audition Bus is currently on a five-city tour throughout the Southeast in search of contestants.  Crowds in previous tour stops like Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Little Rock, Ark. have numbered in the thousands.     

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TVA
4:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

TVA's Base Power Rate Increases

Credit Tennessee Valley Authority

The Tennessee Valley Authority is raising the cost of power by 1.5 percent - but most consumers probably won’t feel the effect.

Base electric rates will go up by one-point-five percent on October first for the first time in two years as TVA works to increase falling revenues. TVA expects to sell less electricity in the 2014 fiscal year.

But thanks to lower monthly fuel cost adjustments, most customers are unlikely to notice the increase when it goes into effect. For example, this month, cost adjustments are expected to lower average bills by about 6 percent.  

 

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Immigration
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Federal Immigration Decision Produces Varying Reactions in Knox County

Knox County's sheriff is livid. Immigrants' rights advocates are pleased. Two very different reactions generated by one decision.

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Next Wave Radio Project
4:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Celeste de la Rosa- Turning A Disability Into An Opportunity

Credit WUOT File Photo: Matt Shafer Powell

The job interview can be an intimidating experience even for the most prepared and confident candidate, but a job seeker with a disability faces an even greater set of challenges.  They have to show the employer they can do the job, but they also have to overcome any fears and assumptions the employer may have about working with someone who has a disability.  As part of our Next Wave Radio Project, WUOT’s Celeste de la Rosa looks into how some of those job candidates are turning their disabilities into opportunities... 

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Secrets of Ancient Roman Fort
2:16 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

UT Research Team Unearths Clues About Lives of Roman Soldiers

The Wadi Gharandal in Southern Jordan contains a spring that may have provided water to Roman soldiers living at this desert outpost in the 4th century.
Credit Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project

In what’s being described as the type of find archeologists “dream of making”, a team of researchers and students from the University of Tennessee say they’ve discovered valuable clues to the lives of ancient Roman soldiers who once lived in the middle of the South Jordanian desert.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Carr's Senate Bid No Easy Path

State Representative Joe Carr.
Credit Joe Carr for Senate

On Tuesday, Tennessee state Representative Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) announced he would abandon his bid for the 4th Congressional District seat and instead pursue a bigger target: incumbent U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

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