2014-2015 Knoxville Budget
3:19 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Rogero Proposes Tax Increase In Latest Budget

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero addresses a crowd Wednesday during the unveiling of her 2014-2015 operating budget.
Credit WUOT News, Brandon Hollingsworth

  The last time Knoxvillians saw a property tax increase, current governor Bill Haslam was the mayor asking for it.  It was 2004, Haslam's first year in office.

Ten years later, Haslam's successor says rising expenses are forcing her to ask for an increase.  At a Wednesday afternoon event to unveil her 2014-2015 budget, Madeline Rogero said she will ask City Council to approve a $.34 increase for every $100 of assessed value.  That means the owner of a $100,000 home will pay approximately $85 in additional taxes next year.

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5:50 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Fifty Years Ago, Strange Bedfellows Helped Break The Back Of Jim Crow

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964.
Credit Cecil Stoughton/White House Press Office

Half a century ago, Tennessee and other Southern states looked a little different. If you were a person of color, signs dictated the right building entrance to use, the correct water fountain, the right restroom, and more importantly, the wrong places. The places you couldn’t go. Those areas were reserved for white people only. Fifty years ago this summer – less than a lifetime ago – all that began to change.

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10:37 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Nashville Could Be Long Shot To Host Democratic Convention

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Nashville city officials found out this week their city is one of 15 being considered as a possible host site for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  But Tennessee's political leanings suggest the Music City may be a long shot.

On Monday, mayors in Nashville and 14 other U.S. cities received a request for proposals from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz after organizers trimmed their initial list of choices to 15 cities.  Each city has until June 6 to present its proposal to the DNC.  

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International Relations
5:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Iran Expert Sees Little Change In Tensions Between Washington and Tehran

Haleh Esfandiari knows the tense relationship between the United States and Iran from both sides. She’s an Iranian native that holds citizenship in both countries, and she established the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

In 2007, Esfandiari was jailed for more than 100 days as Iranian officials interrogated her about her work in academia. She was released only after her 93-year-old mother turned over the deed to her apartment to authorities in Tehran.

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Donnie Tyndall
5:06 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

New UT Basketball Coach Promises Clean Program, Committed Students

For University of Tennessee sports fans weary of an athletic program plagued by NCAA violations and player arrests in recent years, Donnie Tyndall’s words must have come as some measure of comfort.

“Our guys will handle themselves in the community in a first-class manner,” Tyndall proclaimed at Tuesday’s press conference, during which he was introduced as the next head coach of the men’s basketball team.  “We’re not going to have thugs, we’re not going to have renegades as part of our program.  It won’t happen on my watch.”

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Crime and the Justice System
4:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Hearings Set For Grainger County Jail Employees

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Four former Grainger County Sheriff’s Office employees charged with misconduct will begin appearing for hearings next month. Charges vary from theft to allowing inmates to escape.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Jacob Layel stole cash while searching cells for contraband. Layel is the son of Sheriff Scott Layel and a former patrol deputy.

Tyler Farrow was indicted for having knowledge of inmates with contraband and for refraining from performing his duties.

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1:19 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Dialogue: Social Media, Your Job & You

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With so much tweeting, posting, pinning and snap-chatting going on these days, it might be wise to step back and look at how that all that very public information reflects on you--- and your employer.  How much say does your boss have in what you do on-line?  Knoxville attorney Chris McCarty advises companies and individuals about their social media rights and he'll take your questions on our next segment of Dialogue, Wednesday May 7 at 1:00 p.m. 

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Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.

Kamenetz is the author of several books about the future of education. Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006), dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010), investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. Her forthcoming book, The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015), is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools.

6:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

With UAW Complaint Withdrawn, Tennessee Politicians Try For VW Expansion

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee)
Credit United States Senate

Tennessee's junior Senator and the mayor of Chattanooga appear eager to put a labor dispute behind them and resume a bid to enlarge Hamilton County's Volkswagen plant.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke issued statements within hours of Monday's announcement that the United Auto Workers union withdrew its labor complaint against state and federal officials over alleged political interference in a February union vote. UAW said Corker, along with Gov. Bill Haslam and others, inappropriately meddled to sway the Volkswagen vote against the union.

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