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Clinch River Corporation
4:00 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Emory River Paper Mill added to Superfund List

Credit EPA.gov

An abandoned pulp and paper mill on the Emory River near Harriman has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).  A Superfund designation by the EPA means the Clinch River Corporation site poses a "significant threat to public health" and the EPA now has the right to require the current owner to conduct or pay for clean-up of the site.  An EPA evaluation of the 30.5 acre site claims the site was contaminated with several by-products of the paper manufacturing process, includi

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Fort Sanders homes
12:42 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

UT receives permission to purchase, demolish three Fort Sanders homes

The University of Tennessee has received permission to purchase three homes on White Avenue in the Fort Sanders neighborhood. UT officials plan to use some of that space to build a new classroom building.
Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

The Tennessee State Building Commission has approved a proposal from the University of Tennessee that would allow UT to purchase three homes in the Fort Sanders neighborhood and demolish them if necessary.  In a press release, university officials say they're hoping to build a new four-to-five story classroom building in the space currently occupied by three Queen Anne-style homes.  The 200,000 square foot building will eventually feature general-purpose classrooms, shared laboratories and house facilities related to the university's microbiology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biolo

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Urban development
10:08 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Knoxville/UT panel to examine options for World's Fair Park

World's Fair Park in downtown Knoxville.
Credit City of Knoxville

An eight-person panel whose members have connections to Knoxville's arts, educational and business communities will examine potential changes to the city's World's Fair Park. Deputy to the Mayor Bill Lyons and UT professor Jan Simek will co-chair the exploratory committee that will look at options for the park that hosted the 1982 World’s Fair. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports one of those options is a new home for the Clarence Brown Theatre. The UT-based theater is in need of plumbing upgrades and more classroom space.

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Bonnaroo Economics
10:01 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Bonnaroo: The Festival's Economic Impact

The annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has released an economic study showing that the annual festival now makes more than $51 million for Middle Tennessee and the state. About 80,000 people now attend the four-day festival each June in Coffee County. The study shows that about $36 million of the total impact of the Bonnaroo festival comes from direct visitor spending.

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Author: Rick Atkinson
8:15 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Author Rick Atkinson: Writing About Military History

Credit npr.org

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Rick Atkinson just finished his Liberation Trilogy, a history of World War Two. His final book is called The Guns at Last Light. Atkinson was a longtime reporter on national defense and military issues for the Washington Post, though now he concentrates on his books. He was in Knoxville and told WUOT's Chrissy Keuper that his near-obsession with the Second World War comes from his childhood on military bases…

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Knoxville Glove Company
4:09 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Knoxville Glove Company To Close

A pair of Knox-Fit gloves manufactured by Knoxville Glove Company.

A company that has been manufacturing gloves in Knoxville for 99 years will shut its doors this Friday.  The Knoxville Glove Company formed in 1914 and at its peak in the 1960's, it employed 350 people, manufacturing sturdy industrial gloves for clients like the Department of Defense and NASA.  But the domestic glove industry has long since buckled under the strain of foreign competition and these days, Knoxville Glove Company employs just 15 workers.  In a 2011 article in Metro Pulse, owner Rod Townsend Jr.

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Vacation Vaccines
4:59 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Knox County Health Department Hopes To Increase Student Vaccination Rate

Credit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Knox County Health Department says 2010 vaccination guidelines have been adding up to weeks of middle school absenteeism across the county.

Sixth graders now need a proof of immunization certificate for chicken pox - tetanus - diphtheria and pertussis before they can start seventh grade.

But Mary Ann Harrison, nurse manager of the Immunization Program at the Knox County Health Department, says as many as 40% of rising seventh graders in Knox County public schools last year didn’t get the shots.

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TVA
4:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The TVA turns 80

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the TVA bill into law.
Credit tva.com

Saturday May 18th marks an important anniversary in the history of the Tennessee River Valley.  It was on that date in 1933 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill that created the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Throughout those 80 years, the agency has been the focus of both glowing praise and fervent criticism, all while fighting for its existence in the halls of Congress. To mark the occasion of the 80th anniversary, WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth sat down with Pat Ezzell, the TVA's resident historian.

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Breaking
12:35 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

George Thomas Found Guilty Again in Christian-Newsom Murders

Credit Tennessee Department of Correction

A Davidson County jury has found George Thomas guilty on all 38 counts related to the 2007 kidnapping, rape, torture and murder of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian, including a charge of first degree felony murder. Following its verdict, the jury also sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole.  During the past week, Thomas' attorneys attempted to portray him as a passive observer to the crimes, but for the second time, a jury has determined him to be an active participant.   Thomas was originally convicted and sentenced to life without parole in 2009, but the c

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Mass Extinction of Birds on Pacific Islands
7:53 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Mass Extinction of Pacific Island Birds: An interview with Alison Boyer

The Guam Rail
Credit guamdawr.org

Estimating the impact of humans on other species often involves a lot of guesswork, especially when considering the past. Alison Boyer is with the University of Tennessee's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. Boyer and her fellow researchers have been putting together an estimate of how many species of land birds have gone extinct on islands in the Pacific Ocean.

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