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

Judge extends George Thomas sentence

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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

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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

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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

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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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Tennessee Taxes
4:30 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Marketplace Fairness Act Could Mean Lower Tennessee Taxes

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Governor Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey say they want to use revenue generated by the pending Marketplace Fairness Act to reduce current state taxes. The Fairness Act would allow states to collect the sales taxes on online sales for retailers making more than $1 million a year. But the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Governor Haslam says officials don’t actually know how much revenue would be created if the law is enacted.

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Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, TN
6:47 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Court Rules Against Opponents Of Murfreesboro Mosque

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The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that officials in Rutherford County did give proper public notice of a meeting at which they approved the construction of a mosque. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by residents trying to block construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. As the case made its way through the courts, the mosque was built, and is in use. The plaintiffs say they’ll appeal this ruling to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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Ernest Moniz
4:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

New U.S. Energy Secretary To Visit Oak Ridge Today

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New Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will visit Oak Ridge on Monday to tour the D.O.E.'s facilities there, including the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallatial Neutron Source.   It's one of Moniz's first acts as Energy Secretary, having just taken over the post from his predecessor Stephen Chu on May 21.  The M.I.T. physics professor sailed through his Senate confirmation 97-0, despite concerns from environmentalists about his support of nuclear energy, natural gas exploration and his connections to large oil companies like BP and Shell.     

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Science and Society
6:22 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

The Method: Bats, Edison and Galactic Opera

Thomas Edison in 1878, a year before he patented the incandescent bulb.
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In this installment of WUOT's The Method, Brandon Hollingsworth talks with author Ernest Freeberg about Thomas Edison's greatest invention: Modern America. Chrissy Keuper speaks with a biologist about the fungal infection threatening bat populations across the country. And we find the common ground between Edwin Hubble and Giuseppe Verdi.

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Business
4:41 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

TVA Loses Biggest Customer

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is losing its biggest customer today. USEC, Inc., is shutting down its Kentucky-based gaseous diffusion plant, ending 1,000 jobs over the next year. USEC Senior Vice President Robert Van Namen tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press rising industrial power rates played a big role in the decision.

USEC, which has enriched uranium for TVA and other utilities since 1952, accounted for about 5 percent, or nearly $600 million, of TVA power sales last year.

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