Education
3:59 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Announces Statewide Principal Leadership Academy

Credit Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

 Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says the state will create a new principal leadership program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. 

Haslam’s office says the program is meant to increase the state’s supply of qualified principals and close achievement gaps in low-performing schools. Haslam spokesman David Smith says funding and support for the program will come from the state, Vanderbilt University,and local districts.

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Education
5:05 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

US Army Decision Could Affect Student Enrollment At UT Martin

Credit University of Tennessee, Martin

 The University of Tennessee in Martin has been losing students over the last two years, and a recent U.S. Army decision could accelerate that decline.

The U-S Army says it plans to close three Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs in Tennessee within the next two years including the program at UT Martin. 

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Politics
6:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Knoxville Attorney Joins Race for Alexander Senate Seat

Knoxville lawyer Terry Adams, a Democratic candidate for U.S Senate.
Credit Terry Adams

A Knoxville attorney has become the latest person to enter the race to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in next year's election.

Democrat Terry Adams has announced his bid to run for the seat. He joins a field already occupied by Democrats Larry Crim and Jacob Maurer. Republicans Brenda Lenard, Joe Carr and Danny Page have announced their intention to challenge Sen. Alexander in next spring's GOP primary.

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TN Health
4:00 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Tennessee Medical Associations Call For Medicaid Expansion

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The associations that represent Tennessee’s medical professionals are calling for the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, TennCare.

Tennessee Medical Association president Chris Young, and Jill Kinch, immediate past president of the Tennessee Nurses Association say a healthcare crisis in Tennessee is on the way and that not expanding Medicaid will affect state residents of all incomes.

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Tourism
3:59 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Farragut Pursues Rebranding Campaign

Credit Town of Farragut, townoffarragut.org

  Farragut town officials cut the ribbon tomorrow on a Heritage Trail to take visitors on a walk through town history. But that’s just the beginning of this story. Chelsey Riemann with the town of Farragut says it's a piece of a strategic plan to bring more visitors to town -  and it’s a plan that includes rebranding the township.  

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Method: Spirits and Graves

On this edition of The Method, we examine how two researchers are putting technology to work to find and identify mass graves. Then, Christine Jessel goes in search of spirits -- the potable kind. The science behind moonshine is her story, so prepare to be jarred.

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McClung Warehouses
4:11 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Ruling Clears Way For Knoxville’s Purchase Of McClung Warehouses

Credit Knox Heritage

In 1893, prominent Knoxville businessman Calvin McClung built the first of five warehouses on Jackson Avenue to serve as the shipping headquarters for his family’s mail-order business.  For most of the 20th century, those warehouses lined the northern boundary of what’s now known as the Old City, standing watch as Knoxville stretched out and expanded below them. 

Now, only two of the giant, run-down buildings remain, serving as a visible reminder of the city’s industrial past and a crumbling symbol of its on-going fight to contain and control blight. 

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University of TN: Forensic Anthropology Center
9:22 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Mass Grave Project Part Of Human Rights Initiative

UT Anthropology graduate student Katie Corcoran (left) digs the first shovel of dirt with volunteer Devin White (right) for one of four graves at the Forensic Anthropology Center, in February of 2013. The mass grave research project will observe ten bodies for three years, detecting changes in the ground and looking at multispectral imagery. (PHOTO BY AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS / NEWS SENTINEL)
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A new experiment is underway at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center, at the world-famous “Body Farm”.

Anthropology graduate student Katie Corcoran is studying four new graves, specifically mass graves. Corcoran and her team are measuring the changes that occur as the human remains deteriorate.

Corcoran and Devin White, a Senior Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about the experiment and the technology they’re putting to use…

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Patrick Skahill is a reporter at WNPR. He covers science with an emphasis on health care and the environment. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009 and won a PRNDI award in 2011.
 
Patrick's reporting has appeared in The New York Times and on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered.

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