TVA
3:51 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Study Advises Against TVA Sale

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A study by the financial services firm Lazard suggests the federal government’s sale of the Tennessee Valley Authority could be expensive, disruptive and current TVA customers might end up paying more for electricity.

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Dialogue
12:22 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Dialogue: Women In Business / Preview Of East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and guests Cynthia Gibson of Scripps Networks Interactive; PR specialist Susanne Dupes; and Laura Cole, Director of the University of Tennessee’s M

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Crime
4:30 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Report: Crime Rate Falling In Tennessee Schools

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An annual survey of crime at Tennessee’s elementary and secondary schools shows a significant drop in the number of crimes reported over the past three years.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s 2013 School Crime Report suggests a total of 9741 crimes were committed at Tennessee schools in 2013, down from 12,466 in 2011.  That represents a 21.9 percent decline over the three-year period. 

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Tennessee Veterans
3:30 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

VA Wait-Times In Tennessee Among Nation's Longest

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Data from the US Department of Veterans Affairs show veterans seeking health care in Middle Tennessee face the longest delays in the nation.

At the VA's Nashville and Murfreesboro hospitals, veterans wait an average of 65 days to see a physician. That’s in spite of the VA’s 14-day target window for seeing veterans. The national average wait time was 27.4 days.

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Law and Government
6:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

State To Announce New Prescription Drug Policies

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Later today, state officials will announce a seven-point plan designed to address Tennessee's longstanding prescription drug abuse problem.

Treatment is reportedly a key part of the plan, but officials with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse declined to provide further details Monday.

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Health and Medicine
3:30 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Tennessee Officials Join Outcry Against New Painkiller

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Tennessee’s health officials and attorney general are worried about a powerful new pain medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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Science and Society
5:50 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

The Method: Change In The Air

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In this month's edition of The Method, Matt Shafer Powell looks at how the Tennessee Valley Authority's effort to adjust to new realities of the energy market is also helping clean up East Tennessee's air.

Then, Chrissy Keuper marks the silver anniversary of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Federal Report: McGhee-Tyson Airfares Fell in 2013

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Average airfares at Knoxville's McGhee-Tyson Airport fell more than 14 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to a report compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The report found the average price for a domestic round-trip flight from Knoxville fell nearly $70 from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the fourth quarter of 2013. The average ticket cost about $402 last year, representing a 28 percent drop from 2000.

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Energy
4:30 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The TVA’s New Coal Strategy: Culture Change Or Simple Economics?

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  For more than 30 years, Stephen Smith has been a thorn firmly planted into the side of the Tennessee Valley Authority.  The Executive Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has never been shy about holding the giant utility accountable, especially when it comes to the TVA’s dismal record on air quality

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Energy & Environment
4:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Report On Carbon Emissions Finds Improvements In Tennessee

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A report released yesterday ranks Tennessee one of the top 25 producers of greenhouse gas emissions from carbon dioxide.

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