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
Credit Liz Linder

WUOT-2 Features New Daytime Lineup

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

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

Credit http://www.isfracking.com/well-fracking-in-tennessee/

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

NGA Task Force
6:21 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam To Co-Chair National Task Force

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has been named co-chair of a national task force. Governor Haslam, a Republican, and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, will head the National Governors Association Health Care Sustainability Task Force, which will study ground-breaking Medicaid programs.

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As Senior Editor at NPR, Uri Berliner oversees coverage of business and the economy. He has supervised and edited much of NPR's work on the financial crisis, the auto industry, energy and the workplace. Berliner has helped to build Planet Money, a prize-winnng multimedia team that covers the global economy.

Until recently, Berliner also edited NPR's sports coverage and was part of a team that won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Clinch River Corporation
4:00 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Emory River Paper Mill added to Superfund List

Credit EPA.gov

An abandoned pulp and paper mill on the Emory River near Harriman has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).  A Superfund designation by the EPA means the Clinch River Corporation site poses a "significant threat to public health" and the EPA now has the right to require the current owner to conduct or pay for clean-up of the site.  An EPA evaluation of the 30.5 acre site claims the site was contaminated with several by-products of the paper manufacturing process, includi

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