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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Education
6:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Three Knox Schools Land On "Priority" List

Lonsdale Elementary School is one of three Knox County schools added to the state's priority school list.
Credit childcarecenter.us

Three Knox County schools were added to a list of low-performing schools this week, and the county's superintendent of education said improvements are already underway.

Lonsdale Elementary, Green Magnet Academy and Vine Middle Magnet school were added to the roster of "priority" schools in Tennessee. Schools on the priority list are among the lowest-performing schools in the state as measured by student test scores. They have a year to craft an improvement plan, or risk state intervention.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Incumbent Monroe Sheriff Files Suit To Stop Opponent From Taking Office

Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens (left) and challenger Randy White (right).
Credit Monroe County Sheriff's Office (l), Advocate and Democrat (r)

Early next month, Monroe County is supposed to say goodbye to its current sheriff and welcome a new one. But Sheriff Bill Bivins doesn't think that should happen.

Bivins, a Democrat, has filed a lawsuit against the Monroe County Election Commission and his Republican opponent, Randy White. Bivins says White is not legally qualified to hold office and wants the election either declared in his favor, or voided entirely.

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Cybersecurity
6:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Personal Patient Data Stolen From Community Health Systems

Credit Tennova Healthcare

Personal data from more than four million Community Health Systems patients was stolen in a security breach earlier this year, the hospital management company disclosed on Monday.

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History
2:07 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Vintage Baseball Brings The Sport's Past To The Present

Ryan "Muggins" Riordan, of the Knoxville Holstons Vintage Base Ball Club.
Credit Dan MacDonald

It’s a little after three o’clock on a breezy Sunday afternoon, and on a rolling green field at Ramsey House in Knox County, baseball practice is underway.

At first glance, this match may be the strangest baseball game you’ve ever seen. The uniforms include suspenders. There’s no pitcher’s mound. There are no baselines, no concession stands. If you listen closely, you can even hear a different kind of language being spoken: an umpire is an "arbiter" here. The batter is a "striker." Your team's star hitter is a "muckle."

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Education
6:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

OR School Board Relents On Bus Service Cutbacks

Credit tennessee.gov

The Oak Ridge school board has backed off from a plan that would have cut bus service to about 1,300 students.

The plan approved in June was designed to help close  $1.25-million budget shortfall. It would have ended school bus service for students who live within 1.5 miles of their respective school, as measured by walking distance. The move would have saved an estimated $300,000.

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Politics
5:52 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Tennessee AG Cooper Tries For Two

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper.
Credit Tennessee Court System

In the weeks leading up to the August 7 primary, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper kept mum about whether he would choose to pursue a second eight-year term in office. He made his decision public on Monday.

Cooper will submit his name in a bid for a second term as the state's top law enforcement official. In a statement, Cooper referenced the contentious battle over three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in last week's primaries.

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Business
5:50 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Smokies' Kirchhofer Talks Ballpark Changes

Credit Tennessee Smokies

For all the poetry and prose that have romanticized the national pastime, the fact remains that baseball is at its most basic a business. Figuring out ways to compete with digital entertainment and other pastimes for your disposable income is part of Doug Kirchhofer’s job. He’s in his 13th year as president of the Tennessee Smokies baseball team.

Kirchhofer joined WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth to talk about some new amenities the front office staff hopes will keep spectators engaged from the first pitch to the last strike.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Knox County's CTE School Hopes To Provide Link Between Students And Jobs

Credit http://media.indianasnewscenter.com/images/470*264/Class-School_Apple.jpg

Today, Knox County's approximately 17,000 high school students will return to the classroom for a new school year. As they do, 127 of them will take part in a new educational venture designed to bridge a gap between school and employment.

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Environment and Conservation
5:37 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Biologists Study Rare Tennessee Insect

Sequatchie Caddisflies photographed against a biologist's hand, for scale.
Credit Tennessee's Wild Side/TRC Media

 It's a flying insect that measure only one inch in length, and exists in only one place on Earth. Yet the Sequatchie Caddisfly looms large for biologists who are gathering data in an effort to determine whether or not the species will survive much longer.

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Dialogue
3:28 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Dialogue: Primary Matters

Credit Tennessee Court System

On Thursday, Tennessee voters will go to the polls to select candidates for local, state and federal offices. There are some high-profile races on the ballot, from Lamar Alexander’s fight to remain in the Senate, to the fate of three state Supreme Court justices, to a slate of local legislative races that will help determine the makeup of the Tennessee General Assembly.

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