Brandon Hollingsworth

All Things Considered Host/Producer

Brandon is WUOT’s All Things Considered host. From 2008 to 2010, he hosted Morning Edition on Alabama Public Radio. For two years before that he served as an APR bureau correspondent and anchored Morning Edition on WLJS-FM in Jacksonville, Ala.

Brandon's work has been heard nationally on the flagship NPR newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as the network's newscast service. Regionally, his work has aired on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Inside Appalachia .

Brandon is a 2008 graduate of Jacksonville State University, and holds a B.A. in communications. He is a native of St. Clair County, Ala., a fact of which he is intensely proud.


6:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Carr's Senate Bid No Easy Path

State Representative Joe Carr.
Credit Joe Carr for Senate

On Tuesday, Tennessee state Representative Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) announced he would abandon his bid for the 4th Congressional District seat and instead pursue a bigger target: incumbent U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

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6:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Think Tank to Tennessee Education Officals: Rethink Funding Priorities

Credit Beacon Center

A report from a Nashville-based libertarian organization scrutinized education spending in Tennessee, and its authors said the state needs to shift education funding priorities.

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6:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Knox County Audit Committee Meeting Turns Heated

Knox County Auditor Richard Walls.
Credit J. Miles Cary, Knoxville News Sentinel

An effort to remove Knox County's internal auditor took a dramatic turn Tuesday, when an audit committee member resigned and a county commissioner lambasted the committee's leader.

In July, the county audit committee recommended removing auditor Richard Walls. At the time, committee head Joe Carcello said he had concerns about the quality and quantity of Walls' work. Specifically, Carcello indicated Walls spent too much time auditing unimportant matters and failed to reconcile his findings before issuing a report.

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Pilot Fraud Investigation
12:59 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Plaintiff Wants Top Pilot Execs to Deliver Depositions in Lawsuit

Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam talks to reporters on Friday, April 19, 2013.
Credit Christine Jessel, WUOT News

Three high-level Pilot executives and a company spokesman with ties to the Haslam family may give legal depositions in a lawsuit connected with the company’s alleged rebate fraud.

A Georgia-based trucking company called Cedar Creek wants to record depositions from Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam, president Mark Hazelwood, sales executive John Freeman and spokesman Tom Ingram. The depositions would collect out-of-court testimony in the lawsuit that alleges Pilot kept money that was promised to Cedar Creek through a rebate program. The depositions are scheduled for mid-October.

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5:25 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Middle Tennessee Begins Recovery From Flash Floods

Ruined furniture sits piled outside of a Davidson County home in the wake of this week's flooding.
Credit Shelley Mays, Nashville Tennessean

Property damage estimates in the Nashville area are being tallied, and a Red Cross shelter remains open after flash flooding hit the area Thursday. Charles Shannon, with the city's Office of Emergency Management, said it’s hard to compare this week’s flooding to the historic floods of 2010. That event affected different parts of the city over a longer period of time. 

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5:52 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Initiative Seeks to Tackle Obesity Through Lifestyle Changes

Governor Bill Haslam and Rick Johnson (left) announce the Healthier Tennessee initiative in Jackson, Tenn., on Tuesday, August 6.
Credit The Jackson Sun

On Wednesday, Governor Bill Haslam traveled to Knoxville to talk about a new initiative to improve the health of the state’s residents. Healthier Tennessee will marshal local public health departments, school systems, healthcare providers and others to encourage Tennesseans to get more exercise and eat healthier foods. Haslam acknowledges asking people to change their lifestyles and habits on the basic level will take a while to accomplish.

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5:50 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

East Tennessee Geologist Marks Curiosity's First Year on Mars

Geologist Linda Kah analyzes layered sedimentary rocks on Mars, not unlike those pictured here in Utah.


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6:12 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

State's Sales Tax Holiday Not a Boom for Retailers

Credit Courtesy noise64, Flickr via Creative Commons

There's little doubt shoppers are looking forward to Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday this weekend, but a prominent state economist says the economic benefit is minimal.

"[Consumers] are buying what they would have bought anyway," said Bill Fox, director of the Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research. "They’re just changing when they make the purchase. And that doesn’t have much of an economic impact.”

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5:50 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Tennessee GOP Sets Sights on Local Offices

Brent Leatherwood, Executive Director of the Tennessee GOP.
Credit Tennessee GOP

Since the end of the Civil War, Tennessee Republicans have rarely enjoyed a string of victories. But that’s changing. Republicans occupy both U.S. Senate seats, seven of the nine U.S. House seats, the governor’s mansion and – for the first time in more than a century – a supermajority in the General Assembly. But the party isn’t coasting on its success. The Tennessee GOP is setting its sights on winning more seats, at the county and city level. The effort is called Red to the Roots, and it could be coming to a town near you.

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6:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Mufreesboro Mosque Opponents Hope To Take Fight To State Supreme Court

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
Credit Saleh Sbenaty, ICM

Opponents of a Murfreesboro mosque are headed back to court, this time with the hopes the Tennessee Supreme Court will hear their argument.

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has been complete and open to worshipers for nearly a year, but that hasn’t stopped local opponents from continuing an appeal against its construction. Plaintiffs claim Rutherford County failed to give adequate public notice before approving the mosque's construction in May of 2010.

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