Federal Ruling: Jefferson Countyu
4:00 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Landmark Federal Ruling Involves Jefferson County School Officials

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that a federal judge has ruled that the Jefferson County school district violated the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution. That clause prohibits the government from establishing an official religion.   

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TN Prisons: Drug Treatment & Mental Health
4:00 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Nation's First State-Wide Recovery Court To Be In Tennessee

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The first state-wide, residential Recovery Court in the US will soon have its home in Morgan County, Tennessee. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting in the Morgan County city of Wartburg on August 1st.

The program aims to reroute those who need substance abuse treatment or mental health services from prison to treatment programs and to reserve prison beds for the most violent offenders.

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Tuition Increases
4:30 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Tennessee Legislator To Challenge Tuition Increases

Credit Matt Shafer Powell

A University of Tennessee-Knoxville freshman starting classes in the Fall of 2004 could expect to pay approximately $4748 in tuition and fees.

A student starting classes this fall will pay approximately 2 1/2 times as much.  And one Tennessee Senate Republican says he's seen enough. 

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4:00 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

National Science Foundation Awards UT Research Center $18.6 Million

A national research center on the University of Tennessee campus will receive an $18.6 million dollar award from the National Science Foundation. The award will fund another five years of research at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, known as NIMBios. Director Louis Gross says the center will expand research topics with a continued focus on bringing in teams of international top minds. 

“We’ll have several papers coming out about what we have learned here about what encourages new collaborations among people from different disciplines,” he says.  

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2:38 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Dialogue: Fracking in Tennessee

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The natural gas drilling method known as fracking is igniting controversy in states from Pennsylvania to Wyoming. Fracking is going on in Tennessee, too, and that has environmentalists concerned. This hour of Dialogue is dedicated to learning about the pros and cons of fracking in Tennessee. In the first portion of Dialogue, we hear from Dr. Kevin Hoyt of the University of Tennessee. He's heading up the university's efforts to study fracking on the Cumberland Plateau.

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Veterans Services
3:59 am
Tue July 23, 2013

East Tennessee Veterans Exposed To Agent Orange May Qualify For New Benefits

Barry Rice, center, presents the newest Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, #1073 in Knoxville, their charter and VVA flag.
Credit Vietnam Veterans Tennessee State Council via Facebook.

Vietnam Veterans of America will answer questions and discuss new laws and benefits for veterans exposed to Agent Orange tonight during a Knoxville town hall meeting.  Agent Orange is a chemical defoliant best known for its use during the Vietnam War. Barry Rice, President of the Tennessee State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, says doctors are still finding diseases related to Agent Orange exposure. 

“The real problem is that we are starting to notice some effects and some illnesses in our children and in our grandchildren,” he says. 

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6:24 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Knox County Selects New Trustee

Knox County Trustee Craig Leuthold.
Credit Knoxville News Sentinel

Craig Leuthold will be Knox County’s next trustee. On Monday afternoon, the Knox County Commission selected Leuthold from a pool of 25 applicants for the job of county banker. That job was vacated by John Duncan III earlier this month after it was revealed Duncan and other trustee’s office employees accepted approximately $18,000 in bonuses for training they did not complete.

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