UT Veterinary Medical Center
3:34 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

UT Knoxville Veterinary Medical Center Opens "Crown Jewel" Facilities

Veterinary technicians prepare a horse for an MRI at the UT Veterinary Medical Center's Equine Hospital.
Credit https://vetmed.tennessee.edu
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Knoxville City Primary
2:57 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Voter Participation In Knoxville Primary Reaching Historically Low Levels

Credit WUOT, Matt Shafer Powell

There are 90,168 eligible voters who can cast ballots in the Knoxville City Council primary, which ends with Tuesday’s election.

As Early Voting closed Thursday evening, only 713 Knoxvillians had actually done so.  That’s a turnout rate short of 1%. 

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Huffman Haslam Petition
3:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Some School Superintendents Withdraw Names From Open Letter To Haslam

Credit Flickr Creative Commons by Auxesis.

Seven local school superintendents have withdrawn their names from a petition asking Tennessee’s governor to recall the state education commissioner. Earlier this month, 63 school superintendents across the state signed a petition criticizing Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. Governor Haslam responded with a letter expressing disappointment with the petition. He also backed up Commissioner Huffman's proposals for education reform and encouraged both sides to communicate better.

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Lucas Richman
3:46 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Maestro Lucas Richman To Leave KSO

Credit Knoxville Symphony

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Music Director Lucas Richman has announced he will be leaving the orchestra following the 2014-2015 season, his 12th in Knoxville.  Richman is currently under contract through 2014, but KSO officials say he has agreed to continue with the symphony an additional year. 

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Tennessee's Allergy Capitals
9:25 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Three Tennessee Cities In The Top Ten For Fall Allergies

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Three Tennessee cities are now in the top ten allergy capitals in the US.

The annual list from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation focuses on fall allergies and ranks cities based on pollen scores, rates of medication use, and the number of board-certified allergists in each city.

Wichita, Kansas, is the top allergy capital, followed by Jackson, Mississippi.

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Economics
6:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Manufacturing Leads Knoxville Area Export Growth

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Goods and services exported from Knoxville to markets throughout the nation and the world totaled more than $4 billion in 2012, and accounted for nearly 13 percent of East Tennessee's total exports.

Nonprofit think tank The Brookings Institution looked at economic data for 100 metro areas around the U.S. Its report, Export Nation 2013, ranked the Knoxville metro area 73rd among the group of 100, but the more significant findings showed big growth in the area's exports.

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Health Scorecard
10:44 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Tennessee Among Lowest-Performing States On New Health Scorecard

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A new report on health system performance and low-income populations puts Tennessee among the lowest-performing states. 

The Commonwealth Fund's Scorecard on State Health System Performance for Low-Income Populations* aims to find ways that states can improve health care, particularly with regard to those low-income residents.

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Education
9:12 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Governor Responds to Open Letter From Local Superintendents

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said he was disappointed that 60 local-level school superintendents across Tennessee have signed on to a letter asking Haslam to ease off on education reforms being implemented by state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. His response to that letter was both conciliatory to the school administrators and firm in favor of classroom reforms.

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Union County Feud
12:53 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Knox County Schools Security Officer Arrested Following Deadly Feud

Michael Woodby (left) and Kevin Waggoner (right) confront each other in a video shot by Waggoner and submitted to local news outlets. Waggoner has been arrested and faces a criminal homicide charge in Woodby's death.
Credit Kevin Lee Waggoner via the Knoxnews.com

A Knox County school security officer has been arrested  after allegedly shooting and killing his Union County neighbor Monday night.  Kevin Waggoner of Luttrell has been charged with criminal homicide.

A spokesperson for the Knox County Schools would not reveal the location of the school where Waggoner works.  Waggoner has been employed by the school system for slightly more than two years. 

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