South Knoxville
3:59 am
Fri August 2, 2013

South Knoxville Stylist Caters To Deaf Clientele

Christy Frazier-Paine, right, styles Loretta Ayer's hair. Frazier-Paine owns Salon Christy, a salon that caters especially to hearing-impaired clients.
Credit Celeste Delarosa

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Christy Frazier-Paine does not wear hearing aids

Jobless rates have been falling - but a sudden spike in unemployment this summer is a reminder that the U-S still hasn’t recovered from the recession. Experts say the last four years have been especially hard on small business owners. And one local entrepreneur is working to open a salon that caters to very specific clients.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Tennessee GOP Sets Sights on Local Offices

Brent Leatherwood, Executive Director of the Tennessee GOP.
Credit Tennessee GOP

Since the end of the Civil War, Tennessee Republicans have rarely enjoyed a string of victories. But that’s changing. Republicans occupy both U.S. Senate seats, seven of the nine U.S. House seats, the governor’s mansion and – for the first time in more than a century – a supermajority in the General Assembly. But the party isn’t coasting on its success. The Tennessee GOP is setting its sights on winning more seats, at the county and city level. The effort is called Red to the Roots, and it could be coming to a town near you.

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Education
4:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Shelby County Election Commission Approves Separate Schools Vote

Credit Karin Beil, Flickr Creative Commons

Six Memphis suburbs have been officially cleared to hold separate school board elections in November.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the Shelby County Election Commission has unanimously certified results of a July referendum vote in six suburbs to avoid a merger with Memphis City Schools.

In July, a large majority of voters in Germantown, Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Lakeland and Millington approved separate suburban school systems.

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During her career, Toner has served as a mentor for NPR's Next Generation Radio project, trained and mentored college students and taught a news reporting course at Michigan State University. She holds a degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

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Law
6:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Mufreesboro Mosque Opponents Hope To Take Fight To State Supreme Court

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
Credit Saleh Sbenaty, ICM

Opponents of a Murfreesboro mosque are headed back to court, this time with the hopes the Tennessee Supreme Court will hear their argument.

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has been complete and open to worshipers for nearly a year, but that hasn’t stopped local opponents from continuing an appeal against its construction. Plaintiffs claim Rutherford County failed to give adequate public notice before approving the mosque's construction in May of 2010.

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Marisa Peñaloza is a senior producer on the National Desk. From breaking news to documentary-style features, Peñaloza's productions are among the signature pieces heard on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

Her work has covered a wide array of topics, from hurricanes, education, immigration, politics and the economy to homeland security and litigation. She has also produced investigative reports and traveled across the U.S. and the world for NPR.

Terry Gildea comes to KUER from San Antonio where he spent four years as a reporter and host at Texas Public Radio. While at KSTX, he created, produced and hosted the station's first local talk show, The Source. He covered San Antonio's military community for the station and for NPR's Impact of War Project. Terry's features on wounded warriors, families on the home front and veterans navigating life after war have aired on Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and All Things Considered. His half-hour radio documentary exploring the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center was honored by the Houston Press and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters.

Invasive Species: Asian Carp
4:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Asian Carp Threaten Tennessee Waterways

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Tennessee wildlife officials are looking for ways to contain an invasive fish.

The Asian carp was introduced to fish farms in Arkansas, and entered the Mississippi River system because of flooding. Now, wildlife officials say several breeds of the Asian carp are in Tennessee waters and are a threat, not only to native species of fish, but also to humans.

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