Federal Government Shutdown
7:19 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Re-open Wednesday

Traffic cones near the southern side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park reroute visitors during a partial government shutdown that has closed most of the park's roads.
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As states with large national parks continue to bleed tourist dollars, many are looking at re-opening the parks themselves

On Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the state will commit nearly a quarter of a million dollars to re-open the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday.  Blount and Sevier Counties will contribute an additional $60,000.  However, the money will run out quickly and the deal only guarantees the park will be open through Sunday.    

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Federal Government Shutdown
12:41 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

"Anger, Anxiety" As Y-12 Employees Await Furloughs

Atomic Trades and Labor Council President Steve Jones speaks at a press event in Oak Ridge Thursday. The event was held to put pressure on House Republicans to agree to a budget deal.
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The clock is ticking today for approximately 3600 employees at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge who will be furloughed without pay on Thursday if Congress and the President can’t reach an agreement on the federal budget. 

“Just like most of Middle America, we’ve got folks who live paycheck to paycheck,” says Steve Jones, President of the local Atomic Trades and Labor Council.  “They’re wondering how they’re going to make their mortgage payments and how they’re going to pay their bills.”

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After nearly a decade as an award-winning Foreign Correspondent with NPR's international desk, Eric Westervelt returned in September 2013 to domestic news with a new national beat covering American education as an Education Correspondent.

In this role, he covers the news, issues, and trends in classrooms across the country, from pre-K to higher education. He has a strong interest in the multiple ways in which technology is disrupting traditional pedagogy.

Westervelt recently returned from a 2013 John S Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. The fellowship focused on journalistic innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship and the future of news.

TN Department of Human Services
4:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

State To Expand Vocational Rehabilition Program For Disabled

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Tennessee’s Department of Human Services is expanding its Vocational Rehabilitation program. The program helps those with disabilities get job training. 

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Education
3:59 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Attracting Effective Teachers May Require New Strategies

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When teachers apply for jobs, a new study reveals many apply to higher-achieving schools, leaving high-needs schools to draw from a smaller pool of applicants. 

Vanderbilt Assistant Professor Mimi Engle’s says it’s not a new concept, but it is the first time research has documented how teachers apply to schools.  Engel used Chicago Public Schools to test her theory. She found when school districts hire for an entire school system, prospective teachers tend to gravitate to higher-achieving schools, leaving disadvantaged schools struggling to fill spots.

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Shutdown: National Parks
7:24 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Some National Parks May Be Allowed To Reopen

The loop road to Cades Cove closed in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 because of the government shutdown. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)
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The national parks were closed last week because of the federal government’s partial shutdown, but the Obama administration has announced it will allow some national parks to reopen.  

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the government will consider offers to reopen the parks, but only if the states in question use their own money for park operations.

It’s not clear whether those states would be reimbursed for those costs.

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Centennial Conservation Exposition
4:45 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Centennial Conservation Exposition In Knoxville

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In 1913, Knoxville held the National Conservation Exposition at Chilhowee Park for two months. It drew about a million people and it was probably the biggest event in Knoxville’s history, up until the 1982 World’s Fair.

Tomorrow, the Centennial Conservation Exposition will be celebrated at Chilhowee Park.

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