Michael Tomsic became a full-time reporter for WFAE in August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Heââ

Jennie joined WUOT as the membership coordinator in February 2014. As membership coordinator, she oversees all aspects of WUOT’s membership program and activities including maintaining and providing analysis of the membership database, tracking membership revenue, conducting comprehensive on-air and mail membership campaigns, organizing special events, recruiting and supervising over 300 WUOT volunteers, and much more.

Education
6:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Oak Ridge Officials Say Plan Could Settle Debt Debate

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For the past five years, Oak Ridge city officials and school board leaders have been trying to figure out how much financial weight each side must bear in paying off the debt incurred in renovating Oak Ridge High School. Now, two of those officials say they think they're hammered out an acceptable deal.

The details of of the plan proposed by Oak Ridge city manager Mark Watson and school superintendent Bruce Borchers will be unveiled at a midday meeting between municipal and school system leaders, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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Religion and Spirituality
5:50 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

'Green' Religion Finding New Adherents In Age Of Environmental Concerns

Credit Bron Taylor

Connecting with a kind of spirituality found in nature is a complicated thing. It’s simultaneously new age and one of society’s oldest ideas. It is woven into the fabric of Eastern philosophy, but almost unheard of in Western religions traditions. It’s at once intensely personal, but finding growing popularity among the public.

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TBI Report
3:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

TBI Releases New Analysis Of Sex Trafficking In Tennessee

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released more details of a 2011 study of human sex trafficking in the state. 

TBI officials say the 2011 TBI and Vanderbilt University study focused on data collection and that The Geography of Trafficking in Tennessee 2013 is more of an analysis of that data.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

GOP Senators Say Accord Could Be Near On Voucher Proposal

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Two Republican state Senators say they're optimistic that a compromise could be close at hand on a long-debated school voucher proposal.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
4:00 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

State Legislation Update: Executive Authority Bills

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Legislation that aims to curb the power of the state Governor is getting support from some state workers.  

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Y-12 protesters
9:18 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Y-12 Protesters To Spend Next Years In Prison

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  Michael Walli, Greg Boertje-Obed and Sister Megan Rice all knew they could eventually spend time in prison for breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.  But on that dark July night in 2012, they weren’t even sure if they would make it to dawn.  Breaking into a high-security facility like Y-12 was considered a suicide mission.

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Health: Abortion Rates
4:00 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Abortion Rates In Tennessee Dropped In The Last Decade...

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...but the number of women coming into Tennessee to have the procedure is rising.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2010, there were 16, 373 abortions performed in Tennessee. That’s down 6% from a decade before.

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Women In Politics
5:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero: Women In Turkish Politics

Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero, speaking at the US Consulate in Adana, Turkey
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Madeline Rogero is well known in East Tennessee, not only for being Knoxville’s City Mayor. Rogero is the first woman to hold that office and she’s the first woman elected mayor in any of Tennessee’s four largest cities (Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga).

The US Embassy in Turkey recently asked Rogero to come to Turkey, to speak with politicians, political parties and women’s groups about women in politics.

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Mayor Rogero about the trip…

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