Development
6:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Knoxville Plans Public Hearing On Jackson Avenue Properties

A view of the former McClung Warehouses on Jackson Avenue, downtown Knoxville.
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The city of Knoxville is planning a public hearing for next month, designed to gather suggestions for what to do with a key downtown property area.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
4:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

"Merry Christmas" Bill Back In Tennessee Senate This Week

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The Tennessee Senate will once again take up legislation that it passed in February.

Last week, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a measure that allows teachers and students to exchange winter holiday greetings and allows schools to display scenes and symbols of those holidays, religious and secular, without any fear of litigation.

The Senate passed the so-called “Merry Christmas” bill in February, but the House version adds language saying that holiday greetings would not be limited to Christmas and Hanukkah and would include other holidays.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
8:58 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#10)

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey catch up on what's happening in the Tennessee General Assembly…

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Death Row
3:30 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Tennessee Attorney General Rules On State's Execution Policy

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The Tennessee Attorney General’s office has released an opinion on the state’s execution policy.

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper’s office says it's constitutional for the state to electrocute inmates if the drugs needed for lethal injection are unavailable or if the practice itself is found to be unconstitutional.

Executions have been on hold in Tennessee since 2009, partly due to the unavailability of one lethal injection drug and partly because of other legal challenges.

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Economics
6:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

January County Jobless Rates A Mixed Bag

January unemployment rates went up in the counties shaded in orange, decreased in the counties shaded blue, and stayed the same in the counties shaded gold. Based on data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
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In January, unemployment rates fell in 34 Tennessee counties, rose in 49 and stayed the same in 12. That was the picture presented in figures released by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Thursday.

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Tennessee Courts
3:30 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Claim: Partisan Politics Affecting The Tennessee Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission

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A member of the state’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission and a sitting justice on the state's high court both say partisan politics have affected the way the commission does business. The commission reviews the state’s appellate judges.

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Jazz Jam

Jazz Jam celebrates great classic and contemporary voices of jazz. The show includes recordings, live performances and interviews with local, national and international artists on the jazz scene. A WUOT production hosted by local singer Kelle Jolly. Email questions/comments to jazzjamwithkj@gmail.com

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Economics
6:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Comptroller: Tennessee Reduced Debts By $347 Million in 2013

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An annual assessment of the state's debt load showed marked improvement in 2013. Tennessee shaved more than a third of a billion dollars from its debt obligations, according to the report released Wednesday by state Comptroller Justin Wilson.

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Food Trucks
5:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

City Ready For Feedback On Food Truck Plan

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Residents of Knoxville, local restaurateurs and food truck owners will have the chance to comment on the city's new Mobile Food Vendor Pilot program tonight.  The program gives mobile food vendors rules on when they can operate and where.   

After months of planning, the City of Knoxville released guidelines for its Mobile Food Vendor Pilot Program Tuesday. The program includes designated metered areas where mobile vendors will be permitted to park, established hours of operation and a $500 annual mobile food vendor permit.

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Stan Jastrzebski has spent a career in radio, with postings as News Director of NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, IN and time as a reporter at WGN Radio in Chicago and WIBC Radio in Indianapolis.  Stan holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, the Radio Television Digital News Association the Indiana Broadcasters Association.  He spends his time away from the newsroom with his wife and daughter and enjoys board games, tennis and trivia competitions. Follow Stan on Twitter @StanJast .

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