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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Politics
6:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Conservative Knox County Budget In Store For 2015

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At 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will unveil his spending proposal for county departments in the fiscal year that begins in July.

Burchett has kept many of the details close to the vest in the days leading up to his announcement at the City-County Building in downtown Knoxville. It is expected that he will not grant a request from the Knox County school system for $4.5 million to pay for employee raises. Burchett has said that if school leaders are serious about providing the raises, the money should be found within the school system's budget allocation.

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Sexual Assault On Campus
4:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Federal Investigation Includes Vanderbilt University

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Investigators with the US Department of Education will take a closer look into sexual violence at Vanderbilt University.                     

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Science and Society
2:46 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

The Method: Windows To The Past And The Future

A tapir skull found at the Gray Fossil Site in Washington County. Tapirs were abundant in the Tennessee of the Miocene geologic epoch.
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This month's edition of The Method involves a little time travel. But don't worry; we'll take only eight minutes of your time.

First, Brandon's off to the Gray Fossil Site in Washington County. Miocene-epoch fossils found there have painted an incredible picture of life in East Tennessee five million years ago. Two paleontologists will tell us what makes Gray special.

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Marriage
4:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Injunction Halted, At Least Temporarily

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A panel for a federal appeals court has invalidated the marriages of three same-sex Tennessee couples, at least temporarily. The couples were married in other states, but live in Tennessee.

Last month, a US district court judge granted an injunction, forcing the state to recognize those marriages, but the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has now put that order on hold. The court has also ordered an expedited hearing on Tennessee's appeal of that injunction.

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Weather
11:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Severe Storms Kill Two, Cause Damage Across Tennessee

Lightning crackles across the sky above Sevierville, Monday, April 28, 2014.
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Two people were killed and at least six injured when a tornado touched down in Lincoln County on Monday. The same low pressure system that generated that storm also produced storms that caused wind damage and dropped hailstones as large as golf balls over parts of East Tennessee.

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