Law and Government
5:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Haslam Appoints East TN Judge To Supreme Court

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins.
Credit Tennessee State Courts

Kingsport native Jeff Bivins has been tapped to fill an upcoming vacancy on Tennessee's highest court. Governor Bill Haslam made the announcement Thursday.

Bivins is slated to succeed Justice Bill Koch, who plans to step down in July to become the next dean of the Nashville School of Law. Koch has been on the state Supreme Court since 2007, and has taught at the law school for the past 14 years.

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Community Partnership Day
8:26 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Support WUOT today and help a homeless child!


  Today is Community Partnership Day! If you donate today between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., your pledge will count toward our goal of 400 pledges. And if we reach 400 pledges, you can say you played a role in helping a homeless child!

  If we receive 400 pledges, a generous anonymous donor will give $5,000 to Youth LIFT, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help homeless youth succeed through education. Youth LIFT has programs in Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn., as well as St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla.

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5:50 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

35 Years After Three Mile Island, Selling Nuclear As Nation's Energy Future

Watts bar nuclear plant, in Rhea County.
Credit Tennessee Valley Authority

It didn’t get a lot of attention, but last Friday, March 28, was the 35th anniversary of the nuclear emergency at the Three Mile Island plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. That incident, perhaps more so than any other, shaped the way Americans feel about nuclear energy in their communities. Today, former Dallas mayor and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk is trying to change opinions on nuclear power through his work with the advocacy group CASEnergy.

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How does the community partnership work between WUOT, Youth LIFT and an anonymous donor?

100% of your donation to WUOT will fund our programming and operations. If WUOT receives 400 pledges by 8 p.m. on Friday, April 4, an anonymous donor will give $5,000 to Youth LIFT. This gift will help Youth LIFT help homeless children in the first through 12th grade succeed through educational outreach.

This gift to Youth LIFT costs WUOT nothing because the anonymous organization is generously providing the donation to Youth LIFT. YOUR donation can have double impact: You’ll support public radio AND give homeless children an opportunity to succeed thanks to tutoring, mentoring and other support provided by Youth LIFT.

108th Tennessee General Assembly
3:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

New Legislation Will Keep Tennessee Towns And Cities From Forcing Annexation


Legislation now before Governor Bill Haslam will require voter approval for towns and cities to annex new areas. House sponsor Representative Mike Carter said this legislation represents a success for average citizens in the legislative process.                           

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Urban Sprawl
5:46 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Tennessee Cities Among Worst For Urban Sprawl


A new report that ranks American cities on their ability to contain urban sprawl had few kind words for Tennessee’s largest cities, ranking most of them among the country’s worst.

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Fund Drive Train
7:03 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

All Aboard the WUOT Fund Drive Train!

  Have you donated yet? If just ensuring that your favorite public radio programs stay on this station isn’t enough to get you to donate, how about this? We have two more chances to win a VIP package to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Traditional Jazz Festival May 2-4!


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Tennessee Children
3:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Tennessee Children Lag Behind In Latest AECF Kids Count Report


The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its latest policy report this week, finding that Tennessee children are lagging behind in educational attainment and overall well-being.

For the first time, the Foundation’s report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, investigated how poverty, violence and other factors contribute to racial inequality.

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Spring Fund Drive 2014
1:48 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

An Audio Message For Dogs and Cats

It's Pet Pledge Day!  This is the day to celebrate and honor our animal-type companions with a pledge of support to WUOT.  

WUOT's Director of News Content Matt Shafer Powell has the following messages for our canine and feline fans:

Click here if you're a dog

Click here if you're a cat

Click here to contribute

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Pet Pledge Day
4:29 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

It's Pet Pledge Day at WUOT!

"Buttons," by Boxie Pets

It’s Pet Pledge Day! Today is a day to honor your furry friends while supporting the station you care about. But wait, there’s more!

If WUOT receives 350 pledges by phone, online or in person by 8 p.m. tonight, Frankie and Sunny will donate $1 for every pledge received and one pound of food to the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley!  That’s $350 for WUOT and 350 pounds of food for shelter animals! These public radio pooches are getting a little help from their friend, Mike, to make this challenge possible.

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