Since October, Knox County educators have been voicing frustrations about evaluations, curriculum requirements and work conditions, voices that grew louder as fall turned winter. In December, school officials announced the creation of an ad-hoc group composed of teachers and administrators to hear those concerns and report back to the board. That report is expected tonight.
A board that makes recommendations about the direction of the University of Tennessee's athletic department reversed a longstanding policy last year, leading to closed-door meetings, little written documentation and questions from the press and transparency advocates.
For years, motor vehicle accidents represented the leading cause of injury death in Tennessee, with suicides running a distant second. The Status of Suicide in Tennessee 2014 report released this week by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network suggests the two are now about equal.
In 2012, the last year in which state-specific data are available, 958 Tennesseans died on the roads. That same year, 956 took their own lives.
Governor Bill Haslam will try again to shepherd his proposal for a limited school voucher program through the Tennessee General Assembly this year.
The larger points of the proposal Haslam presented on Thursday are virtually identical to the bill he backed in 2013. A limited voucher program would give money to low-income students who attend failing public schools. The money would be applied to getting those students into other schools, typically private schools.
“Was it just bad luck, that year of ’13? It was the worst year for historic preservation in my reporting career, and it somehow packed a few fresh disappointments about long-anticipated new projects.”
The words of MetroPulse "Secret History" columnist Jack Neely. For someone as dedicated to Knoxville’s history as Jack, 2013 was not a good year. Historic buildings were demolished to make way for parking lots, apartments, or in some cases, nothing but plans on a drawing board.
Today, Governor Bill Haslam announced his support for legislation that is intended to make it harder to create methamphetamine.
The proposal calls for reducing the amount of pseudoephedrine a customer can purchase without a prescription. The chemical is found in many over-the-counter cold medications. But it's also a chief ingredient of homemade meth.