East TN Environmental Lawsuit
6:46 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Two East Tennessee Mines Subject of Environmental Lawsuit

Credit Southwings

An alliance of environmental groups says the federal government violated the Endangered Species Act in granting mining permits at two East Tennessee mines. The lawsuit claims the Office of Surface Mining and the US Fish and Wildlife Service did not consult the most current scientific research in considering the impact of surface mines at Zeb Mountain and David Creek on fish. The suit claims dissolved minerals in wastewater are increasing salt in streams to unendurable levels, threatening the endangered blackside dace and Cumberland darter.

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George Thomas retrial
9:22 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

George Thomas Jury Deliberations Go Into Second Day

A jury determining the fate of murder suspect George Thomas enters a second day of deliberations Friday morning.  Thomas is being retried for his role in the 2007 carjacking, rape, torture and murder of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian.   Jurors are being asked to decide whether Thomas was an active participant in the crimes against the young couple or if he was simply a passive observer.  Prosecutors have failed to produce forensic evidence connecting him to the actual crimes, but they say the murders required a "team effort" and Thomas "was on that team".

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DUI Threshold
4:50 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Tennessee State House Representative Will Push For Lower DUI Threshold


This week, the National Transportation and Safety Board recommended that states lower the DUI threshold from point 0.08 to 0.05.  The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that that’s a standard for more than a hundred countries and next year, State Representative Jeremy Faison of Cosby says he’ll file legislation to lower the legal standard in Tennessee to 0.05.

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Pilot Flying J
11:35 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Pilot/Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam Addresses Trucking Executives

Pilot/Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam addresses reporters at an April press conference at the company's Knoxville headquarters.
Credit Christine Jessel

Pilot/Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam stood before a large crowd of trucking executives gathered in Indianapolis this morning at the Scopelitis Transportation Seminar and told them he knew nothing about an alleged scheme to defraud some of his company's trucking customers.  Last month, agents from the IRS and FBI raided Pilot's Knoxville headquarters in search of evidence to support the accusation that some members of the Pilot/Flying J sales staff were taking money promised to some of the company's clients in the form of rebates and discounts.  At this morning's seminar, Haslam spelled out a fi

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5:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Lauren Blankenship- Arithmomania Has Twelve Letters

Unless you spend a lot of time doing crossword puzzles or tweeting, counting the number of letters in a word might seem like a pointless endeavor.  But for a tiny segment of the population, the urge to count letters is irresistible, sometimes to the point of distraction.  WUOT’s Lauren Blankenship knows a lot about counting letters.  She's been doing it since she could read.  As part of WUOT's Next Wave Radio Project, Lauren filed this reflection...

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Live Shooter
4:59 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Active-Shooter Training Comes To Tennessee's University System

Holston International Training and Consulting President John Rose leads a CARVER (Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource) facilities training.
Credit Holston International Training and Consulting

The University of Tennessee is hosting an active-shooter training today geared toward helping university staff prevent campus shootings.

The audience is expected to include more than 300 participants; it will also be webcast for the entire university system.

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12:07 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Fort Sanders Neighborhood heads up annual "Fragile 15" List

Credit Brian Stansberry

The historic district north of the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus is the latest neighborhood to top Knox Heritage's annual "Fragile 15" list of endangered structures and places.

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Armed Probation & Parole Officers
7:07 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Tennessee Will Soon Require Probation and Parole Officers To Be Armed

Credit Tennessee Department of Probation and Parole

The Tennessee Department of Correction will soon require the state's probation and parole officers to be armed. WATE-TV reports that there are currently 783 probation and parole officers in Tennessee and those officers will choose whether or not to undergo a two-week training to be armed. But all probation and parole officers will be armed by 2018.

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TN Women's Health
5:53 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Tennessee Women's Health Sees a Slight Improvement, Though Concerns Remain

The biannual Tennessee Women's Health Report Card gave the health of Tennessee women a grade of C, an improvement over a D in 2011. State health officials say there remain several areas of concern, however:  the percentage of women who smoke during pregnancy, the prevalence of the sexually transmitted infections Chlamydia and Syphilis, and deaths from breast and cervical cancer in African-American women all received an F.

Airfare Preview
5:00 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Knox City, County Officials Detail Competitive Airfare Partnership Today

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Low-cost airline carriers have had a turbulent history in the Knoxville market. But city and county leaders hope to make an announcement today to change that.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero have jointly set aside $370,000 dollars for what they’re calling a Competitive Airfare Partnership.

Jim Evans, Vice President of Marketing at McGhee-Tyson airport, says they’ve had some hits and misses with lowfare carriers before.

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