Health: Viral Meningitis
4:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Viral Meningitis Cases Temporarily Close Powell Daycare

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The Knox County Health Department is educating some area schools and day-care center about viral meningitis following a cluster of several cases connected to a local daycare.                                      

Mudpies and Music day-care center in Powell is closed for the rest of this week after several cases of viral meningitis were connected with the facility. Owner Kara McKamey said she’ll reopen the center on Monday.

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Morning Concert
12:59 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Melony Dodson talks with Double Bassist and Composer, Edgar Meyer

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Last week, world-renowned double bassist and composer, Edgar Meyer, returned to his home-town of Oak Ridge, TN to give a very special recital, featuring one of his compositions still "in progress."  Also on the concert was a suite by Johann Sebastian Bach, and on the second half, "lighter" works, including fiddle tunes, and several of Meyer's own shorter compositions. 

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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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