Drosophila suzukii
4:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

New Threat To East Tennessee Crops

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Scientists say there’s a new threat to crops in East Tennessee.

The Drosophila suzukii or spotted-wing drosophila, is a fruit fly, and a threat to Eastern Tennessee crops, especially berries.

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Edgar's radio debut came in second grade when he voiced a public service announcement urging drivers to watch out for "him and his friends" walking to and from school. Given the signal strength of WMBT radio in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and the population density of his native Schuylkill County, it's possible that someone other than his parents heard it. 

Morning Concert
4:53 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

The Knoxville Opera presents Jacques Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffmann"

Stage director, Keturah Stickann, said of Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, that "it's the perfect marriage of the holiday of Halloween and opera."  The story not only includes several macabre elements, but opera-goers are sure to be treated to colorful (and perhaps grotesque?) costumes, fantastical characters, and of course, beautiful singing.  The Knoxville Opera is performing the opera, staring soprano, Talise Trevigne and tenor, Evan Bowers, Friday October 25th and 8pm and Sunday the 27th at 2:30.  Performances will be given at the Tennessee Theatre. 

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U.S. Civil War
4:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Maury County Civil War Soldiers Receive Honors

Jo Ann McClellan and Elizabeth Queener helped add names to the Maury County War Memorial. George Walker IV / The Tennessean
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A ceremony tomorrow at the Maury County War Memorial will commemorate the Battle of Nashville in 1864 and unveil the names of 58 Maury County soldiers who fought for the Union.

The names were uncovered during research into four black soldiers whose names were to be added the memorial. 

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Government
6:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Gov. Haslam Creates Temporary Judicial Nomination Panel

Credit Chattanooga Times Free Press

 Governor Bill Haslam has appointed an ad-hoc committee to nominate candidates for the state’s court system. The Tennessee General Assembly decided to let the state judicial nominating commission die at the end of June. But Tennessee voters won’t decide how to proceed until November 2014, creating uncertainty in the legal community over how the state would pick new judges to replace those who step down or die in office. Governor Haslam says his decision to create a temporary committee is necessary to keep the state’s judiciary alive.

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U.S. Civil War
5:42 am
Fri October 18, 2013

The U.S. Civil War’s "Contraband'’ Camps

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Amy Murrell Taylor says the emancipation of slaves in the 19th century United States is often the one man, one-moment story:

President Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.

But Taylor argues that emancipation was a process, and part of that process was the settlement of slave refugees behind the military lines of the Union army, in what were called “contraband camps”. 

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Traffic Fatalities
3:37 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Tennessee Traffic Deaths On Pace To Match 2012

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

When you're talking about the annual number of traffic fatalities in Tennessee, the magic number is 1000. 

For most of the past 60 years, the yearly total of deaths on Tennessee roads has hovered somewhere above the 1000 mark, reaching a record of 1444 in 1973.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

34 Months In, Henley Bridge Re-Opens to Traffic

The final day of concrete pouring at the Henley Street Bridge, August 22, 2013.
Credit Tennessee Department of Transportation

 On January 3, 2011, Knoxville's Henley Street Bridge closed for an extensive renovation. On October 17, 2013 -- 1,018 days later -- the bridge has re-opened to traffic, albeit on the limited basis.

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