At the VA's Nashville and Murfreesboro hospitals, veterans wait an average of 65 days to see a physician. That’s in spite of the VA’s 14-day target window for seeing veterans. The national average wait time was 27.4 days.
In this month's edition of The Method, Matt Shafer Powell looks at how the Tennessee Valley Authority's effort to adjust to new realities of the energy market is also helping clean up East Tennessee's air.
Average airfares at Knoxville's McGhee-Tyson Airport fell more than 14 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to a report compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The report found the average price for a domestic round-trip flight from Knoxville fell nearly $70 from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the fourth quarter of 2013. The average ticket cost about $402 last year, representing a 28 percent drop from 2000.
Objecting to the death penalty is a valid view, according to Gov. Bill Haslam. But Haslam says he was bound by political will and public opinion to sign a bill that reinstates the electric chair as a backup execution method in the state.
Haslam delivered that response to a young woman who asked about the electric chair bill Tuesday at a conference organized by the American Legion Auxiliary. Volunteer Girls State is an annual event that gathers young women from around the state to learn about government and politics.