Madhulika Sikka is Executive Editor for NPR News, a role she joined in January 2013. As Executive Editor, Sikka oversees all desks and reporters, and helps set the agenda for the entire News division.

Antiques Roadshow
7:07 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Antiques Roadshow Filming In Knoxville


This weekend, one of the most popular shows on public television will be taping episodes in Knoxville. Between five and six thousand people will bring their valuables and heirlooms to the Knoxville Convention Center on Saturday to be appraised for Antiques Roadshow. Those episodes will air on East Tennessee PBS sometime next year.

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Tennessee Valley Authority
3:59 am
Fri July 12, 2013

TVA Managing Tennessee River to Reduce Flooding

Douglas Dam spillway, July 9, 2013.
Credit Tennessee Valley Authority

All nine major dams along the Tennessee River are spilling water this week as the Tennessee Valley Authority works to manage record water levels. The Tennessee River watershed typically averages 51 inches of rain a year; so far in 2013, more than 40 inches of rain has fallen in the river valley. Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman Travis Brickey says in some places, dams are spilling as much as a million gallons of water per second.

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College Education
4:28 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Tennessee's Governor Signs Bill Establishing Needs-Based College Grants

Governor Haslam signs a bill establishing Tennessee's Western Governor's University on July 9, 2013.
Credit Governor's Office, July 2013.

  Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a bill to establish a $35 million dollar endowment to provide need-based grants for students at the state's two-year public community colleges. 

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Tennessee Dropout Rate & Health
7:54 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Report Links High School Dropout Rate and Potential TennCare Savings


A new report says that cutting the number of high school dropouts in Tennessee would lead to the state saving money on TennCare. The Alliance for Excellent Education says that cutting the number in half would mean an annual savings of $127 million in Tennessee's Medicaid program.

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6:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Loudon County Commission Plans Budget Vote, Despite Open Questions

Loudon County Courthouse, in Loudon, Tennessee.
Credit Scott Basford

The Loudon County Commission is expected to vote Monday on a proposed budget for the upcoming year, despite open questions about the spending plan.

The overall county budget is pegged $70 million. The debate centers around less than a million of that. $916,000 was moved from reserve funds to shore up the $36 million school system budget. Loudon County commissioner Don Miller tells the Knoxville News Sentinel he isn’t sure the money transfer was legal. State law says such transfers can be spent on "any education purpose," according to the News Sentinel.

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Governor Haslam On Medicaid
4:30 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

New Federal Rules Could Influence Decision Over Expanding Tennessee Medicaid


Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has said his decision on whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program will come before the end of the summer... and now new federal rules could influence that decision.

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4:30 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Public Invited To See Artifacts At TVA Dig Site

The TVA excavation site contains the foundation of a home once owned by former Knoxville mayor and businessman Peter Kern.
Credit wikicommons

Tennessee Valley Authority officials are planning a public open house to display some of the archaeological discoveries unearthed during an excavation of a downtown Knoxville site.  Sealed for years beneath a parking lot, the site west of Market Square contains the foundations of three turn-of-the-century homes, one of which once belonged to businessman and politician Peter Kern.

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Adam Davidson is co-founder and co-host of Planet Money, a co-production of NPR and This American Life. He also writes the weekly "It's the Economy" column for the New York Times Magazine.

His work has won several major awards including the Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, and the Polk. His radio documentary on the housing crisis, "The Giant Pool of Money," which he co-reported and produced with Alex Blumberg, was named one of the top ten works of journalism of the decade by the Arthur L. Carter of Journalism Institute at New York University. It was widely recognized as the clearest and most entertaining explanation of the roots of the financial crisis in any media.

Western Governor's University
4:04 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Tennessee Launches "Competency-Based" University


In a typical university setting, a student attends classes and accumulates credits until he or she receives a degree.  In a "competency-based" model, the student attends on-line classes and receives the degree when he or she shows a complete understanding of the subject matter.

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