TDEC Demotion
7:36 am
Wed July 3, 2013

TDEC Official Demoted For Comments


Officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation say they’ve demoted the deputy director of the agency’s Division of Water Resources. Sherwin Smith was demoted after telling some Mount Pleasant residents that their complaints about water quality could be considered terrorism. Smith is now in his former post with the Revolving Fund Program, which helps fund state water projects with low-interest loans.

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Duncan Diversion
6:44 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Former Knox County Trustee Duncan Eligible For Diversion

John J. Duncan III

Former Knox County Trustee John Duncan III is eligible for diversion, despite a state law.

Duncan pleaded guilty July 2nd to a felony charge of official misconduct and resigned from office. He was sentenced to one year of probation for giving more than $20,000 in bonuses to himself and other workers that he supervised. The bonuses were given for public administration coursework that was never finished.

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August 2013 programs:

August 5

Broadcast of January’s Masterworks Concert
Toshiyuki Shimada, conductor
PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin-Polonaise
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, Eb, Op. 73
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (arr. Alexander Siloti): Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1-Prelude No. 10, e
Gleb Ivanov, piano
ROBERT SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3, Eb, Op. 97

August 12
Broadcast of February’s Masterworks Concert
Lucas Richman, conductor
ANTONIN DVORAK: Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Unemployment Benefits
5:55 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Tennessee Labor Department Postpones Cuts To Jobless Benefits Until December 31st


The state is putting off a cut in payments for those collecting unemployment benefits until the end of the calendar year 2013.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development had planned to eliminate allowances of up to $50 a week for dependents of the unemployed after the move was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this year. 

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Haslam Family Political Donations
4:30 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Analysis Of Political Giving Puts Haslams On Top In Tennessee


A new analysis of political contributions nationwide in 2012 shows the Haslam family as the leading political donors in Tennessee. The Sunlight Foundation has released a list of elite political donors, what it calls the “one percent of one percent”.

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New Workers' Compensation Division
4:30 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

New Head For Tennessee's New Workers' Compensation Division

Abbie Hudgens / Head of Workers' Compensation Division, TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development

The head of Tennessee’s brand new Workers' Compensation Division began her six-year term today.

Governor Bill Haslam named Abbie Hudgens to lead the new division, which was created as a part of a new law. That law also removes injured workers claims from state trial courts and creates a special panel to hear those claims and appeals. The panel is appointed by the governor.

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11:50 am
Mon July 1, 2013

2013 Mug Design Contest

Submit your design for WUOT's Mug Design Contest

 DEADLINE IS TODAY!  Show off your creative side and enter WUOT's third annual Artist Mug Contest!


LA Opera on Air on WUOT

The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to continue its American Opera series.  In just a quarter-century of existence, LA Opera has become, under the leadership of The Eli and Edythe Broad's General Director Plácido Domingo, the United States' fourth largest opera company and now "...stands out as a newly important force in American Opera." (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times). 

2014 season to be announced.

Tennessee Labor Lawsuits
7:02 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Ruling Allows Lawsuits Against Tennessee Labor Department To Proceed


A judge has ruled that a discrimination lawsuit can proceed against the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Former department employee Annie Hendricks sued the state in November, claiming that her duties were given to two less-experienced black employees. It’s one of two racial discrimination lawsuits against the agency. The other was filed by Donald Ingram, former administrator of the Division of Employment Security. Both claim that during the two years that former Commissioner Karla Davis ran the agency, Davis, who is black, forced white employees out.

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