4:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Tennessee Women Far More Likely To Have COPD Than Men

A lung x-ray shows a severe case of COPD
Credit James Heilman, MD

A new data analysis by the American Lung Association shows women in Tennessee are nearly twice as likely as men to suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD.  Often related to smoking, COPD is the name given to a group of incurable lung ailments that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  The study, released today, reports the prevalence of COPD among American women is rapidly approaching the rate for men. In Tennessee, the prevalence rates aren't even clos

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As NPR's senior national correspondent, Linda Wertheimer travels the country and the globe for NPR News, bringing her unique insights and wealth of experience to bear on the day's top news stories.

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South Knox Redevelopment
12:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

South Knoxville Riverfront Development Will Replace Baptist Hospital Campus

Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero (left), Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, Former Mayor and Councilman Dan Brown, Councilman Duane Grieve, Blanchard & Calhoun CEO Vic Mills, Councilwoman Brenda Palmer and Councilman Finbarr Saunders announce plans for the former South Knoxville Baptist Hospital campus, seen here in the background.
Credit Christine Jessel

It could take up to three years, but Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero’s already looking forward to the changes a mixed-use plan for South Knoxville’s former Baptist Hospital campus could bring.

“The redevelopment’s been on hold because of the downturn in the economy years ago,” Rogero says.

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Christian-Newsom Murders
3:33 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Judge extends George Thomas sentence

Credit Tennessee Department of Correction

A Knoxville judge has added time onto the sentence of one of the participants in the January 2007 kidnapping, torture, rape and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.  On May 17, a Davidson County jury sentenced George Thomas to a life sentence with the possibility of parole for his role in the crimes, leaving the chance Thomas could be released from prison at the age of 75.  But today, Judge Walter Kurtz ordered Thomas to serve two consecutive life sentences for the murders of Christian and Newsom, as well as an additional 25 years for the rape of each of the victims.   The n

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June Dialogue 2013
9:04 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Dialogue: Women's Issues In Tennessee


In this month's episode of Dialogue, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Kim Lauth and Wendy Pitts-Reeves of the East Tennessee Women's Leadership Council. They discussed the upcoming East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit in Knoxville as well as a number of issues effecting women in Tennessee... 

Tennessee Economic Council on Women

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Fort Campbell Roundtable
5:59 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Fort Campbell To Hold Roundtable On Sexual Harassment And Assault


Fort Campbell will hold a roundtable discussion this week on sexual harassment and assaults, in the wake of recent controversies in the US military. Thursday’s event will outline how the 101st Airborne Division is addressing assaults on the base and in the community around the base. The Division is also designating this as SHARP Stand Up week, to raise awareness of the military’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention program. Fort Campbell’s manager of that program was removed from his post last month after he was arrested on charges of stalking his ex-wife.

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Bruce Downsbrough
8:46 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Judge Orders Former UT Foundation Chief To Remain In Jail, Cites History Of Molestation

Credit University of Tennessee

Federal Magistrate Clifford Shirley has ordered the former Chief Operating Officer of the University of Tennessee Foundation to remain in jail pending his trial on child pornography charges.  The decision to keep Bruce Downsbrough in custody came after testimony Monday revealed Downsbrough had once molested two boys, aged 10 and 11, while living in Boulder, Colo.   According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, police investigators testified that Downsbrough pleaded guilty to the crimes in 1986 and paid $3500 for the boys to attend counseling.  Downsbrough was arrested last week at his

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