Education
6:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

MTSU President Concerned About Unintended Consequences Of "Tennessee Promise"

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The president of Middle Tennessee State University says he's all for expanding access to higher education in the state. But Sidney McPhee also says the proposed "Tennessee Plan" that aims to make two-year college tuition free for students could hurt some students at four-year institutions.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
3:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Tennessee State House Wants Final Say On Medicaid Expansion

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The Tennessee House has approved legislation requiring Governor Bill Haslam to get legislative approval if he decides to expand the state’s Medicaid program, TennCare. Meanwhile, the Governor is still working on an expansion compromise with the federal government.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Henley's Four Lanes Open Again

Knoxville's Henley Street Bridge.
Credit Mark Nagi, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Three years into a lengthy renovation process, and four days ahead of schedule, drivers will now be able to use two northbound and two southbound lanes of Knoxville's historic Henley Street Bridge.

The additional lanes opened Monday afternoon, ahead of a February 28 deadline. For the time being, one side of the bridge will still be closed as additional work continues, so the four lanes of traffic will share close company.

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US Congress: Tennessee
4:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Studies Of 2013 Congressional Voting Find Tennessee Mostly Conservative

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Recent studies of voting patterns in the US Congress show Tennessee House Republicans had solidly conservative voting patterns in 2013.

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Campbell County Shooting
4:30 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Campbell County High Shooting Retrial Begins

Kenneth Bartley Jr. is accused of shooting three Campbell County Comprehensive High School officials in 2005. His retrial begins this week.
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The retrial of a former Campbell County Comprehensive High School student accused of shooting and killing an assistant principal in 2005 begins this week, more than eight years after the original crime was committed.

On November 8, 2005, Kenneth Bartley Jr. was 14 years old when he allegedly pulled out a gun and began shooting during a meeting with three administrators at his school.  Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce were wounded.  Assistant Ken Bruce was killed.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
4:27 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#7)

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey about the latest happenings in the Tennessee General Assembly…

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Education
6:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Oak Ridge Officials Say Plan Could Settle Debt Debate

Credit Oak Ridge City Schools

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

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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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