The session of Tennessee’s 108th General Assembly is entering its third week. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey about the latest legislation under discussion…
Deaths from the flu in Middle Tennessee have bypassed deaths in the area during the 2009 / 2010 global pandemic.
Vanderbilt University tracks flu cases and deaths in eight Middle Tennessee counties and reports that 19 people have now died from flu complications. The majority of those were between 41 and 64 years old. The outbreak has also sent about 500 Middle Tennesseans to the hospital.
Knoxville's first female mayor will soon travel to Turkey to help encourage more women to get involved in politics there.
Mayor Madeline Rogero's week-long itinerary will include meetings with Turkish municipal officials in cities that include the capital, Ankara. Nongovernmental organizations and other groups are encouraging women to become more politically active in Turkey, a country that ranked poorly on that measure in a 2010 World Economic Forum survey. Women make up a very small percentage of elected officials there.
Tennessee Education Association CEO Carolyn Crowder, Tennessee Education Association President Gera Summerford and Hamilton County Education Association President Sandy Hughes, from left, speak to reporters and editors of the Chattanooga Times Free Press (01/21/14) / Photo by John Rawlston
Last year, the State Board of Education approved a plan that ties teacher licenses to student test performance, but the number of complaints is leading the board to consider alternative plans.
Officials with the Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee's largest teachers group, are touring the state in an attempt to reverse that policy, saying it puts jobs on the line and livelihoods at risk.
With propane in short supply and Tennessee bracing for another arctic cold snap, Governor Bill Haslam has issued an Executive Order that should speed up propane delivery over the next few days.
The State of Emergency declaration means truckers hauling propane in Tennessee are now allowed to exceed federal limits on the amount of time they spend on the road. Currently, those regulations restrict propane drivers to 70 hours per week, with no more than 11 hours on the road at a time. They must also leave 10 consecutive hours between shifts.