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.

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Government
5:24 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Sevierville Officials Approve Tax Hikes for Restaurants, Attractions

Sevierville city leaders have approved taxes that will make restaurants and attractions a little more expensive. The Mountain Press reports the two-percent increase is estimated to bring in about $2.3 million. Much of that money will be used to promote Sevierville in tourism ad campaigns.

Some local residents voiced opposition to the tax hikes, but Sevierville's Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 4-0 in favor of the increase. The board also approved a cut in the city’s lodging tax. It will decrease from three to two percent.

Economy
7:35 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

2013 Off to Strong Start For Tennessee Economy

Job growth in the manufacturing sector and an improving housing market are two key signs that Tennessee's economy is picking up steam, according to a report issued by the Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research.

The report finds the state's economy resilient in the face of lower government and consumer spending.

"By and large, it’s a good news report," the study's lead author, economist Matt Murray, said. "It’s very welcome after many, many years of painful economic outcomes for our state economy.”

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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.
Credit Library of Congress

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

Credit Brian Stansberry

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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Business
4:17 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Two Pilot Employees Plead Guilty in Fraud Investigation

Credit Moxley Carmichael Public Relations

The Associated Press reports two employees of the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain have pleaded guilty in a federal probe of the company’s business practices.

Northeastern sales director Arnold Ralenkotter pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Knoxville. Regional accounts representative Ashley Smith Judd also pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

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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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Urban development
10:08 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Knoxville/UT panel to examine options for World's Fair Park

World's Fair Park in downtown Knoxville.
Credit City of Knoxville

An eight-person panel whose members have connections to Knoxville's arts, educational and business communities will examine potential changes to the city's World's Fair Park. Deputy to the Mayor Bill Lyons and UT professor Jan Simek will co-chair the exploratory committee that will look at options for the park that hosted the 1982 World’s Fair. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports one of those options is a new home for the Clarence Brown Theatre. The UT-based theater is in need of plumbing upgrades and more classroom space.

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Bob Newhart
12:47 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Bob Newhart on Comedy and Changing Times

Before the TV shows, before the blockbuster comedy albums, before he ever told a single joke on stage, Bob Newhart was an accountant in suburban Chicago. It was there that he invented the signature stammering, deadpan delivery that would propel him along a fifty-year odyssey through comedy and our changing times. Newhart recently spoke with WUOT's All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth about the elements of comedy, what he's up to now and why he'll never retire from the stand-up circuit.
 

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TVA
4:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The TVA turns 80

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the TVA bill into law.
Credit tva.com

Saturday May 18th marks an important anniversary in the history of the Tennessee River Valley.  It was on that date in 1933 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill that created the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Throughout those 80 years, the agency has been the focus of both glowing praise and fervent criticism, all while fighting for its existence in the halls of Congress. To mark the occasion of the 80th anniversary, WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth sat down with Pat Ezzell, the TVA's resident historian.

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