Oak Ridge Animal Shelter
3:18 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Animal Shelter To Reopen Thursday After Death Of 30 Dogs

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The Oak Ridge Animal Shelter will reopen Thursday after a “difficult” week that included the death of 30 dogs, all euthanized to fight a deadly, highly-contagious virus.

“It was very tough (on the shelter employees),” said Police Lt. Robin Smith.  “They bonded with those animals.” 

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Government
6:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

State Audits Finds "Concerns" In Grainger County

The Grainger County Courthouse, in Rutledge.
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County departments failing to follow state law. A clerk who admitted stealing $10,000 in fees. Five employees of the sheriff's department now facing trial on charges related to theft and rape. Those are just some of the findings of a state audit on Grainger County's government.

The report, released on Monday, highlighted what state Comptroller Justin Wilson called "a number of issues, up to and including criminal activity."

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UT Lady Vols
4:30 am
Tue March 11, 2014

All In the Family: UT Co-Coaches Rule The Diamond Together

Since taking over the Lady Vols softball program in 2001, Karen and Ralph Weekly have taken five teams to the College World Series, won SEC Co-Coach of the Year two times and fielded 25 All-American players.
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 When the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols softball team takes the field against Western Carolina Tuesday, it’ll be led by not one, but two head coaches.  Both coaches are knowledgeable, experienced and considered among the best in their profession.  Their success on the diamond is a product of their ability to communicate and work together,  skills that come in handy when it’s time to do the laundry.  WUOT’s Todd Steed explains:

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Science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel's reports on physics, space, and all things nuclear can be heard across NPR News programs and on NPR.org.

Brumfiel has carried his microphone into ghost villages created by the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. He's tracked the journey of highly enriched uranium as it was shipped out of Poland. For a story on how animals drink, he crouched for over an hour and tried to convince his neighbor's cat to lap a bowl of milk. He became a full-time correspondent in March of 2013.

Methamphetamine
1:55 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Some Still Oppose Toned-Down Meth Bill

A watered-down anti-meth bill passed by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee last week would restrict the purchase of over-the-counter pseudoephedrine to 44.8 grams per year. Some groups say that's still too restrictive.
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  Last week, members of Tennessee’s House Criminal Justice Subcommittee passed a toned-down version of Governor Bill Haslam’s Anti-Meth Production Act.  But some opponents of the bill say the new version is still too restrictive.

Haslam’s proposal would limit individuals to 14.4 grams of the popular allergy and cold medicine pseudoephedrine per year.  Any amount beyond that limit would require a prescription.  Under pressure from pharmaceutical companies and groups like the American Association of Retired Persons, House members increased the limit to 44.8 grams per year.  

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
3:15 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#9)

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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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Health
3:30 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Obesity Rates Up In Tennessee And Nationwide

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The latest Gallup-Healthways State of the States survey finds that three in 10 adults in Tennessee are obese.                                              

Those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese and according to Gallup, obesity rates have increased nationwide each year since 2008. The US rate is now more than 27%, up from 26% in 2012. An average of 62.8% of American adults was overweight or obese that same year.

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Animal Refuge
4:36 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Interview: The Elephant Sanctuary In Tennessee

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  Tennessee is home to the largest natural refuge for elephants in the US, the Elephant Sanctuary, in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Currently, eleven Asian elephants and two African elephants, all females, live their lives in the sanctuary, with minimal human contact.

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Todd Montgomery, the Sanctuary’s Education Manager. He says the sanctuary is unique among the places where once-captive elephants retire…

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Cumberland Avenue Overhaul Project
6:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Work On Cumberland Strip To Begin Soon

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The Cumberland Avenue overhaul project is about to make that all-important transition from discussion to construction.

Knoxville city officials say work on the stretch of road known locally as “the Strip” could begin by the first of June.  The Strip runs along the northern edge of the University of Tennessee campus between 16th Street and 22nd Street. 

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