5:44 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Sen. Campfield Asks For TBI Investigation Into Phone Poll

State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville).
Credit Tennessee General Assembly

State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) is asking the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into a poll that solicited voters' opinions of the lawmaker. Campfield says the poll, conducted last month, may have violated anti-harassment laws.

Read more

Scott comes to BSPR from WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., where he served as local host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” for the past eight years. He began his new position as Morning Edition Host/Senior Editor for BSPR in 2012.

3:00 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Spring And Summer Rains Bring Savings For TVA

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

Heavier use usually translates to higher power bills over the summer. But the Tennessee Valley Authority’s part of your fuel bill this summer may actually be a little lower than usual. TVA spokesman Scott Brooks says rainfall this summer has put more water over the Tennessee Valley Authority’s 29 hydroelectric dams.

“We’re about 138 percent above normal hydrogeneration, which means 38 percent above normal generation for hydro,” he says.

Read more

Marie Cusick covers New Yorkâââ

Shelley Kofler is managing editor/senior reporter for KERA News. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who has served as KERA news director and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. Her expertise on legislative policy issues includes school finance, foster care and transportation; and her stories on the overmedication of foster children captured the attention of state officials who strengthened laws for the use of psychotropic drugs.

Fourth of July
5:48 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Big Fourth Of July Displays Continue Despite Forecast

Credit Robert Tuck, flickr Creative Commons.

Last year, a heat wave led some East Tennessee communities to postpone fireworks displays. This year, the threat of heavy rains is leading to the same result across the region. Oak Ridge, Clinton and Jefferson County are postponing 2013 celebrations. But Marci Claude, Public Relations Manager at the Knoxville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, says the threat hasn’t stopped the nation’s first Fourth of July parade.

“We cannot postpone this parade; there’s too many people involved, too much going on and the floats are being set up and decorated right now,” she says.   

Read more

Jessica is Harvest Public Media's connection to Central Missouri. She joined Harvest in July 2010. Jessica has spent time on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and WNYC's Soundcheck, and reported and produced for WNIN-FM in Evansville, Ind. She grew up in the City of Chicago, studied at the University of Tulsa and has helped launch local food gardens in Oklahoma and Indiana.

Jessica Naudziunas left KBIA in 2012.

TDEC Demotion
7:36 am
Wed July 3, 2013

TDEC Official Demoted For Comments

Credit http://www.state.tn.us/environment/

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation say they’ve demoted the deputy director of the agency’s Division of Water Resources. Sherwin Smith was demoted after telling some Mount Pleasant residents that their complaints about water quality could be considered terrorism. Smith is now in his former post with the Revolving Fund Program, which helps fund state water projects with low-interest loans.

Read more
Duncan Diversion
6:44 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Former Knox County Trustee Duncan Eligible For Diversion

John J. Duncan III
Credit http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/2012/sep/04/257568/

Former Knox County Trustee John Duncan III is eligible for diversion, despite a state law.

Duncan pleaded guilty July 2nd to a felony charge of official misconduct and resigned from office. He was sentenced to one year of probation for giving more than $20,000 in bonuses to himself and other workers that he supervised. The bonuses were given for public administration coursework that was never finished.

Read more

Charles is a radio reporter, story teller, Excel ninja, database grasshopper, and loves to FOIL records. He's worked for NPR, Deutche Welle, Radio Netherlands, Soundprint, Penthouse, the Religion News Service, and the Catholic World Report.  He's won three SPJ Public Service Awards, a National Murrow, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.  He once did 3Gs in a stunt plane, ran the Tough Mudder, and dove 40 meters on a single breath.  Charles is extraordinarily friendly so don't hesitate to contact.