4:51 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Chlorinated Water Spill At Y-12 Results In Fish Kill

A sign near East Fork Poplar Creek in Oak Ridge advises against swimming, wading or fishing.
Credit Oak Ridge Today

Officials from the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge say a spill of chlorinated water over the weekend killed approximately 8500 minnow-sized fish and almost 30 salamanders.  A Y-12 statement says about 6,000,000 gallons of the water poured into East Fork Poplar Creek on Saturday when a pipeline burst.  Crews from Y-12 were able to contain the spill and inspections on Sunday revealed no additional casualties of fish or other aquatic wildlife.  Biologists from nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory predict the long-term effect of the spill on fish and salamanders will be minimal.  

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Submit your design for the WUOT artist mug! WUOT 91.9 FM is seeking submissions from our talented and creative listeners for the station’s third annual WUOT Artist Mug Design Contest. You make WUOT possible, and we want to involve you in what we do. This is a way you can leave a lasting impression on WUOT Public Radio. The winning design will be featured on a limited-edition mug that will be available to WUOT donors during the next spring or fall fund drive.

About the competition What does WUOT mean to you? What image does it conjure? Your design should reflect an interpretation or appreciation of the station, its programming or the station’s home in East Tennessee.

State Layoffs Blocked
6:42 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Governor Haslam's Plan To Lay Off State Employees Blocked By Restraining Order

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam had planned to lay off more than 200 state workers this month, but a Davidson County judge has issued a temporary restraining order on the move following a lawsuit filed by state employees. The suit charges state officials with violating a law concerning the 60-day notice for affected employees. It claims that though officials gave notices throughout the month of April, they did not comply with part of the law that says employees that are to be fired must receive career counseling, testing, and job placement assistance.

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From Foster Care To College, Part One
3:59 am
Tue June 11, 2013

From Foster Care To College, Part One: Getting To "Z"

Briyana Dunn at Pelissippi State Community College, September 2012.
Credit Christine Jessel

Briyana Dunn would be the kid who picks you up and dusts you off after the school bully pushes you down - even though she might laugh at you a little first. She’s a no-nonsense, nonstop talker who makes up in sass what she lacks in stature.

It’s hard to reconcile the sunny person Briyana is today with the girl she was: An angry runaway cops hauled into juvenile custody at 16; the girl who, a year later, landed in a psychiatric care facility for youth. She’s just so … upbeat.

Briyana started college in Knoxville when she aged out of state custody.               

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Tennessee Children
4:30 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Kids Count Study Shows Recession Has Been Tough On Tennessee Children

Credit http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT.aspx

State health and welfare officials have released the latest annual Kids Count study for Tennessee. Linda O’Neal, Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, says the data show the recession has had a significant impact on the state’s children. One in four Tennessee children now live in poverty and one in three rely on food stamps for adequate nutrition.

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Fracking in Tennessee
7:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

University Of Tennessee Opens Bidding For Natural Gas Drilling

Credit http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/2013/jan/30/311895/

The University of Tennessee has formally begun to seek bids from companies wanting to lease natural gas rights in Morgan and Scott counties. UT owns about 8,600 acres in its Cumberland Forest research area. UT officials say the move is for research into the environmental effects and best-practices for extracting natural gas from the Chattanooga shale. The State Building Commission has to approve any contracts; UT officials hope to shore up a contract by October.

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TN Pharmacy
4:00 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

FDA Blames Tennessee Pharmacy For Current Meningitis Outbreak

The Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tenn. / Tom Wilemon / File / The Tennessean

Officials with the US Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that a Tennessee pharmacy is responsible for a new outbreak of meningitis. The agency reports that both bacterial and fungal contaminants were found in unopened vials of methylprednisolone acetate made by Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tennessee. The drugs have sickened 24 people so far, in Illinois, North Carolina, Florida and Arkansas. The pharmacy shipped the medicine to 17 states.

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Tennessee Pre-K
6:30 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Governor Haslam Weighing Proposal To Expand Tennessee's Pre-K Program

Credit http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/orea/

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is weighing a proposal that would mean millions of dollars in federal funding to expand the state’s prekindergarten classes. Under that proposal, $64.3 million in federal funding would be matched with $6.4 million in state funding to expand the Pre-K program to another 7,800 Tennessee children.

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5:24 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Sevierville Officials Approve Tax Hikes for Restaurants, Attractions

Sevierville city leaders have approved taxes that will make restaurants and attractions a little more expensive. The Mountain Press reports the two-percent increase is estimated to bring in about $2.3 million. Much of that money will be used to promote Sevierville in tourism ad campaigns.

Some local residents voiced opposition to the tax hikes, but Sevierville's Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 4-0 in favor of the increase. The board also approved a cut in the city’s lodging tax. It will decrease from three to two percent.

Tennessee Wetlands
7:14 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Tennessee Wetlands To Receive Conservation Funding

Credit http://www.fws.gov/refuges/

Tennessee is one of five states that will share $28 million in funding to help preserve the state’s wetlands. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved that funding to buy more than 9,000 acres in the National Wildlife Refuge System in Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida and Louisiana.

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