Dave DeWitt is currently working on the year-long North Carolina Teacher Project. He came to WUNC in 2003 and spent four years on the staff of The State of Things.

Preservation: Highlander Folk School
4:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Tennessee Preservationists Aim To Buy First Highlander Site

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Pete Seeger, Charis Horton, Rosa Parks and Ralph Abernathy at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee, in 1957. (Photo by Highlander Center)

The Nashville-based Tennessee Preservation Trust aims to save a Tennessee site that was home to the beginnings of the civil rights movement.  

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Pilot Fraud Investigation
12:59 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Plaintiff Wants Top Pilot Execs to Deliver Depositions in Lawsuit

Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam talks to reporters on Friday, April 19, 2013.
Credit Christine Jessel, WUOT News

Three high-level Pilot executives and a company spokesman with ties to the Haslam family may give legal depositions in a lawsuit connected with the company’s alleged rebate fraud.

A Georgia-based trucking company called Cedar Creek wants to record depositions from Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam, president Mark Hazelwood, sales executive John Freeman and spokesman Tom Ingram. The depositions would collect out-of-court testimony in the lawsuit that alleges Pilot kept money that was promised to Cedar Creek through a rebate program. The depositions are scheduled for mid-October.

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Tennessee Exports
4:00 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Tennessee Sets State Record For Exports

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The International Trade Administration reports that Tennessee's exports increased by 1% in the first half of this year, setting a new export record for the state.

According to the ITA, the state's largest export gains were increases of 60% percent to Singapore, 26% to the United Arab Emirates, 26% to South Korea and 17% to the Netherlands.

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Knox County Schools
4:30 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Changes In Store For Knox County Students On First Day of School

Knox County Public Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre joins children, parents, administrators and local officials at an August 8, 2013 ribbon-cutting to mark the opening of the brand new Northshore Elementary School on the county's west side.
Credit knoxschools.org

Students showing up for the first day of school this morning in Knox County will be greeted by new teachers, new school security officers and for some, new schools.

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Gabriel Spitzer covers health and science at KPLU, after a year covering youth and education. He joined KPLU after years covering science, health and the environment at WBEZ in Chicago. There, he created the award-winning mini-show, Clever Apes. Having also lived in Alaska and California, Gabriel feels he’s been closing in on Seattle for some time, and has finally landed on the bullseye.

Freelance Reporter and Contributor to Women's Focus.

Disasters
5:25 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Middle Tennessee Begins Recovery From Flash Floods

Ruined furniture sits piled outside of a Davidson County home in the wake of this week's flooding.
Credit Shelley Mays, Nashville Tennessean

Property damage estimates in the Nashville area are being tallied, and a Red Cross shelter remains open after flash flooding hit the area Thursday. Charles Shannon, with the city's Office of Emergency Management, said it’s hard to compare this week’s flooding to the historic floods of 2010. That event affected different parts of the city over a longer period of time. 

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Carrie started at KUNM as a volunteer in the front office, and soon after her arrival she became a regular substitute in the news department. Carrie is a graduate of Clemson University and a South Carolina native; however, she has fallen in love with the natural beauty and hospitality of the Southwest. In addition to her duties in the newsroom, she spends her free time hiking and skiing with her husband. Carrie's career in broadcasting is just beginning, and she hopes to pursue her passion for this field by continuing to host and report for New Mexico's Community Powered Public Radio.

Knox County Government
4:00 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Former Knox County Trustee Scheduled For Sentencing Next Week

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Former Knox County Trustee John Duncan III will face sentencing August 15, 2013, after pleading guilty to official misconduct, a felony.   

Duncan got a one-year probationary term as part of his plea deal. Now, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that he’s seeking a judicial diversion, meaning his record would be erased as long as he obeys the law during that one-year period.

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