2013 Awards
8:50 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

WUOT Receives Four First-Place Awards In Annual Public Radio Broadcasters Contest

WUOT Director of News Content Matt Shafer Powell poses with NPR's Weekend Edition Host Scott Simon at the annual Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) conference in Cleveland, Ohio. WUOT received four First-Place reporting awards at the ceremony, which was hosted by Simon.
Credit Aaron Selbig, PRNDI

On June 22, 2013, WUOT was recognized with four first-place awards at the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

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Jennifer is a reporter with Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. Prior to joining State of Opportunity, she was the station's arts and culture reporter, and the local host for Weekend Edition. She got her start in radio as a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in New York.

Her stories have won numerous awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award for her series on NYC’s subway system. She was named Young Journalist of the Year by the Detroit chapter of Society of Professional Journalists in 2007.

Charlotte Albright moved to Vermont from Maine in 2006, after more than a decade of reporting and producing for Maine Public Broadcasting Network. She has also contributed  many  stories to NPR. Her first project for Vermont Public Radio was a series on farming, followed by frequent free-lancing. In January 2012 she joined the VPR staff and now covers the Upper Valley and the Northeast Kingdom.

2013 Manufacturing Report Card
4:30 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Report Says Tennessee Manufacturing Growth Limited By Education

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A new report finds that Tennessee’s manufacturing sector is strong, but its growth is limited by worker education.

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Tennessee Voting
7:05 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Tennessee Secretary Of State Issues Opinion Over Voter Registration And Citizenship

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Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says the state is not affected by a recent US Supreme Court ruling concerning proof of citizenship and voting. The high court’s ruling regards an Arizona law that requires people registering to vote to show proof of citizenship.

Tennessee doesn't require that proof, but anyone one registering to vote in Tennessee must swear that he or she is a citizen.

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TBI Domestic Violence Report
6:48 am
Thu June 20, 2013

TBI Releases Report On Domestic Violence In Tennessee

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A new study on domestic violence in Tennessee found that almost 15% of all crimes reported in the state are domestic in nature. The study from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation analyzed more than 40,000 incidents of domestic violence involving spouses, children, grandparents or extended family in 2012. It found that women are twice as likely to be victimized as men and children are victims in 16% of all cases of family violence.

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6:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

State Officials To Hear From The Public On Alcoa Highway Plans

Alcoa Highway's northern terminus at I-40 in Knoxville.
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Alcoa Highway between Knoxville and Maryville handles between 40,000 and 50,000 vehicles daily, and that number is expected to increase in coming years. The route, officially known as U.S. Highway 129, is an important artery connecting Blount and Knox counties, and accidents along the road's curves are a common occurrence.

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Charles Michael Ray grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota on the banks of Boxelder Creek downstream from the town of Nemo.

He began working for SDPB Radio as a reporter in 1992 at the age of 19. He worked his way through college at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and received a degree in Geology in 1997.  He then worked as a freelance journalist in the Czech capital of Prague, covering major stories in Central Europe. After a year overseas he returned home to continue his work at SDPB-Radio and to get back to the Black Hills. 

GSMNP May 2013
4:30 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Sets Record For May Visits

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Officials with the National Park Service say the Great Smoky Mountains National Park set a record for visitors in May. The Park had nearly 886,000 visitors in May of 2013. It’s the largest number of visitors to the park ever for the month of May and it’s up by more than 10% from May of 2012.

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TN Dept of Labor
4:30 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

More Senior-Staff Shakeups In The Tennessee Labor Department

Another worker has been fired from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. State Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips terminated the job of Fiscal Services Administrator Ron Jones, but hasn’t named a replacement. Jones oversaw the department’s more-than-$250-million operating budget.

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