State health and welfare officials have released the latest annual Kids Count study for Tennessee. Linda O’Neal, Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, says the data show the recession has had a significant impact on the state’s children. One in four Tennessee children now live in poverty and one in three rely on food stamps for adequate nutrition.
The University of Tennessee has formally begun to seek bids from companies wanting to lease natural gas rights in Morgan and Scott counties. UT owns about 8,600 acres in its Cumberland Forest research area. UT officials say the move is for research into the environmental effects and best-practices for extracting natural gas from the Chattanooga shale. The State Building Commission has to approve any contracts; UT officials hope to shore up a contract by October.
Officials with the US Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that a Tennessee pharmacy is responsible for a new outbreak of meningitis. The agency reports that both bacterial and fungal contaminants were found in unopened vials of methylprednisolone acetate made by Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tennessee. The drugs have sickened 24 people so far, in Illinois, North Carolina, Florida and Arkansas. The pharmacy shipped the medicine to 17 states.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is weighing a proposal that would mean millions of dollars in federal funding to expand the state’s prekindergarten classes. Under that proposal, $64.3 million in federal funding would be matched with $6.4 million in state funding to expand the Pre-K program to another 7,800 Tennessee children.
Sevierville city leaders have approved taxes that will make restaurants and attractions a little more expensive. The Mountain Press reports the two-percent increase is estimated to bring in about $2.3 million. Much of that money will be used to promote Sevierville in tourism ad campaigns.
Some local residents voiced opposition to the tax hikes, but Sevierville's Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 4-0 in favor of the increase. The board also approved a cut in the city’s lodging tax. It will decrease from three to two percent.
Job growth in the manufacturing sector and an improving housing market are two key signs that Tennessee's economy is picking up steam, according to a report issued by the Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research.
The report finds the state's economy resilient in the face of lower government and consumer spending.
"By and large, it’s a good news report," the study's lead author, economist Matt Murray, said. "It’s very welcome after many, many years of painful economic outcomes for our state economy.”
A new data analysis by the American Lung Association shows women in Tennessee are nearly twice as likely as men to suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD. Often related to smoking, COPD is the name given to a group of incurable lung ailments that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The study, released today, reports the prevalence of COPD among American women is rapidly approaching the rate for men. In Tennessee, the prevalence rates aren't even clos
Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero (left), Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, Former Mayor and Councilman Dan Brown, Councilman Duane Grieve, Blanchard & Calhoun CEO Vic Mills, Councilwoman Brenda Palmer and Councilman Finbarr Saunders announce plans for the former South Knoxville Baptist Hospital campus, seen here in the background.
A Knoxville judge has added time onto the sentence of one of the participants in the January 2007 kidnapping, torture, rape and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. On May 17, a Davidson County jury sentenced George Thomas to a life sentence with the possibility of parole for his role in the crimes, leaving the chance Thomas could be released from prison at the age of 75. But today, Judge Walter Kurtz ordered Thomas to serve two consecutive life sentences for the murders of Christian and Newsom, as well as an additional 25 years for the rape of each of the victims. The n