6:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Financial Disclosure Conflicts With Senate Candidate's Claims

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Republican State Representative Joe Carr describes himself as a farmer and businessman that lives on a 95-acre farm outside Murfreesboro. But campaign finance disclosure forms present an unclear picture of those descriptions.

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4:00 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Settlement For Meningitis Victims Up For Approval

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Victims of a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak could see more than $100 million in compensation. 

The outbreak began in 2012, sickening more than 750 people in 20 states, including Tennessee; 64 people died.

The disease was blamed on tainted steroids from the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts. The company's owners have denied wrongdoing and no criminal charges have been fired in the case.

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TBI Crime Report
5:00 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Number of Murders in Tenn. Drops To Lowest Level In Years

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An annual report on crime in Tennessee suggests the number of murders in 2013 was the lowest since the TBI began releasing its "Crime In Tennessee" report in 2001.

The compilation of crime statistics from local law enforcement agencies shows a total of 333 murders in 2013, down 18.6 percent from 2012’s total of 390.    

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Health and Medicine
4:00 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Use Of Antipsychotic Drugs In Tennessee Nursing Homes Is Declining

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New data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show a reduction in the use of antipsychotic medications in Tennessee’s nursing homes.             

The data was collected as part of a campaign to reduce the overuse of powerful antipsychotic medications on elderly patients.

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The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning, NPR series, Hidden Kitchens, and two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Hidden Kitchens, heard on Morning Edition, explores the world of secret, unexpected, below-the-radar cooking across America—how communities come together through food. The series inspired Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year that was also nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Writing on Food.

Stacey Campfield
3:10 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Campfield Blog Post Draws Fire From State GOP

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The head of the Tennessee Republican Party called for Knoxville Sen. Stacey Campfield to apologize to members of the Jewish faith today after Campfield posted comments Monday morning drawing comparisons between ObamaCare and the Holocaust.

“Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory (sic) sign ups for ‘train rides’ for Jews in the 40s,” Campfield posted on his Camp4u web blog.

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Solid Waste Management
4:30 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Input Sought On New Solid Waste Plan

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Representatives from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) will be in Knoxville Monday to get public input about the ways in which the state should handle solid, industrial and hazardous waste.  The agency is in the process of creating a new solid waste management plan that will guide the state through the year 2025.  Today’s meeting at TDEC’s Knoxville Field Office will kick off a second round of public meetings throughout the state. 

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Health and Medicine
6:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Tennova Memo Suggests Company Moving Toward Constructing New West Knoxville Hospital

Tennova's Physicians Regional Medical Center in north Knoxville.
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A memo from Tennova Healthcare CEO Neil Heatherly indicates the company is dusting off its plans to build a new hospital of Middlebrook Pike in west Knoxville.

"We believe a new facility would help move our entire system forward. Over the last several weeks we have been reviewing the site, design and capacity of the inherited plans," Heatherly wrote in the memo reported by WBIR television on Thursday.

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Law and Government
5:50 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett Breaks Down The 2015 Budget

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett speaks with members of the media after his budget presentation, Thursday, May 1, 2014.
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Thursday morning, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett formally presented his budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, which begind July 1. Burchett describes the $730-million spending plan as conservative, because it accounts only for natural growth in tax revenues collected from property owners and businesses. It includes no tax increase.

Mayor Burchett joined WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth to explain his budget priorities, the effect of low tax revenues and the latest on proposed pay raises for Knox County school system employees.

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State of the Air 2014
4:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Knoxville-Area Sees Lowest Levels Of Particle Pollution In 15 Years

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A new air-quality report finds that Knoxville has cut particle pollution compared to last year’s report.

The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2014 report shows the Knoxville metro area cut year-round particle pollution, or soot, levels compared to the 2013 report. In fact, the metro area recorded its lowest annual particle pollution levels since the report began 15 years ago, but it still doesn’t meet the national standard in that category.

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