Breastfeeding Welcomed
5:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Knox County Businesses Pledge To Support "Breastfeeding Welcomed Here" Program

Decals like this will welcome mothers to area businesses.
Credit facebook.com / Breastfeeding Welcome Here

The Knox County Health Department is working with area businesses to create welcoming spaces for moms who breastfeed their kids. 

While Tennessee law says a mother can breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, Knox County Health Department director Martha Buchanan says a new partnership will work to encourage more people to accept the practice.

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Peggy Lowe joined Harvest Public Media in 2011, returning to the Midwest after 22 years as a journalist in Denver and Southern California. Most recently she was at The Orange County Register, where she was a multimedia producer and writer. In Denver she worked for The Associated Press, The Denver Post and the late, great Rocky Mountain News. She was on the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of Columbine. Peggy was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2008-09. She is from O'Neill, the Irish Capital of Nebraska, and now lives in Kansas City. Based at KCUR, Peggy is the analyst for The Harvest Network and often reports for Harvest Public Media.

Human Trafficking in Tennessee
4:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Trafficking in America Task Force Conference Begins Today in Nashville

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The Trafficking in America Task Force Conference begins May 23 in Nashville and Tennessee now has one of the nation’s most comprehensive programs to combat human trafficking. Trafficking is defined as coercive adult prostitution and any sexual exploitation of children. State legislators passed 12 new laws that will go into effect this year, which include harsher criminal penalties for traffickers, allow more time for prosecutors to bring charges against alleged traffickers and include trafficking as grounds for the termination of parental rights.

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Unemployment
3:31 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Knox County Sees Slight Increase in Unemployment Rate

Credit Tennessee Department of Labor And Workforce Development

Knox County's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point in April, but it still remains the lowest among Tennessee's metropolitan counties. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports a rate of 6.4% in Knox County, up from March's rate of 6.2%.  When compared with other Tennessee counties, Knox County has the fourth-lowest unemployment rate in the state.  Williamson County in Middle Tennessee has the lowest.  Despite a drop of more than one full percentage point in the last month,

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Labor
12:26 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Safety Stalemate Continues at Knoxville's Henley Street Bridge

Construction cranes flank the main arch of Knoxville's Henley Street Bridge on May 22, 2013.
Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

In downtown Knoxville, the historic Henley Street Bridge will not re-open next month, as state transportation officials had hoped. The project has been plagued not just by construction delays, but by concerns over worker safety. WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth reports.

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Here and Now hosts Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young
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WUOT-2 Features New Daytime Lineup

Tennessee Fracking Regulations
6:16 am
Thu May 23, 2013

General Assembly Committee Approves Tennessee's First Set of Regulations on "Fracking"

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A legislative committee has approved the state’s first regulations for extracting oil and natural gas from wells, a practice known as fracking. Yesterday’s vote by the General Assembly’s joint committee on government operations means the rules will go into effect next month. One motion would have required companies to periodically test water wells within a mile of the drilling sites, to disclose all the chemicals they use, and to file plans on what to do with leftover waste water, but that motion did not pass.

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Morristown Animal Shelter
3:51 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

State Audit Finds Thousands Stolen from Morristown Animal Shelter

Credit Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury

An audit by  the Tennessee State Comptroller's Office reports thousands of dollars in donations and adoption fees were stolen from the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society between 2009 and 2011.  The audit was requested by Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain when an employee of the animal shelter discovered several receipts had been backdated so that they wouldn't appear in daily collection reports.  In all, the comptroller's office believes a total of $51,130 has been stolen.  That money was supposed

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Ocoee Economic Impact
3:05 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Ocoee River Tourism Generates $43.3 Million Dollar Economic Impact

Kayaking on the Ocoee.
Credit Carter Hearn / http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/ocoee2/.

 A new study from the University of Tennessee shows visitors who went whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River last year pumped $43.3 million dollars into a 30 surrounding counties. 

The study’s author, U-T Hospitality and Tourism Management economist Steve Morse, found the Ocoee was also last year’s most-visited whitewater river in the U.S.

"This study shows that tourism and visitor spending at the Ocoee River is fueling small businesses, creating jobs, worker paychecks and taxes in rural Tennessee," Morse says.

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Kenny Malone hails from Meadville, PA where the zipper was invented, where Clark Gableâââââ

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