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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Two years ago, an audit found that Tennessee Department of Corrections officers were turning in paperwork showing that they were conducting regular check-up visits to 82 parolees under their supervision.

The problem? The 82 parolees in question were dead.

Auditors also found that regular visits to living parolees weren't being conducted regularly, and there was no strong system for supervisors to keep tabs on officer parole visits.

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Though they come from different political backgrounds, Bill Haslam and Phil Bredesen have a few things in common. They both know what's like to run the state of Tennessee. Both are considered moderate representatives of their respective parties. And both of them support a proposed amendment to Tennessee's constitution that would alter the way appellate court judges are selected.

Recent court rulings have given candidates belonging to the Green and Constitution parties a spot on Tennessee's election ballots. But libertarians are still looking for similar luck.

The Libertarian Party of Tennessee recently filed a suit seeking ballot access, according to the Associated Press. Attorneys representing the party argued Tennessee's ballot-access rules, crafted half a century ago, create an unnecessarily tough standard. That infringes on the party's rights of free speech and association, the lawsuit contended.

University of Tennessee Police Department

Here at WUOT, we receive e-mail messages each time a sexual assault is reported on the University of Tennessee campus. Less than a month into this new semester, it seemed we were getting more of those messages than usual. It turns out we were right. We were getting more sexual assault notices. But for reasons you might not guess.

Tennova Healthcare

Tennova Healthcare still wants to build a new hospital facility off Middlebrook Pike in West Knoxville, and some residents still oppose it. The debate may come to a head in November.

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Tennessee workplace safety officials don't carry out routine inspections of tobacco farms, creating an environment that labor advocates say leads to a higher risk for on-the-job injuries.

The Nashville Tennessean reviewed federal records and found that no safety inspections have been carried out at Tennessee tobacco farms since December 2006.

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

Tonight, a public hearing will allow planners with the City of Knoxville to brief local residents and merchants on the status of an extensive project to remodel parts of Cumberland Avenue.

Tennesseans who said the state is to blame for delayed TennCare applications scored a victory in federal court on Tuesday, as a federal judge granted class-action status to their lawsuit.

Tennessee Court System

Today, Tennessee's five Supreme Court justices will meet via conference call to plan their selection of the state's next attorney general.

Eight people have applied for the job. Newly-minted Chief Justice Sharon Lee said the public will be a part of the process, but the extent of that involvement is uncertain. She told the Knoxville News Sentinel that transparency will be a component of the selection process.

Ed Yourdon

In this edition of The Method:

You might use social media to tell your friends what you had for lunch, or share photos of your dog. But scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using social media and other datasets to track infectious and chronic diseases. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Laura Pullum, a senior researcher working on this effort.