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 December 5, 2013

Knox School Board Creates Panel to Hear Teacher Concerns

Teachers, students and supporters attend a meeting of the Knox County Board of Education at the City-County Building, Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Credit Gerald Witt, Knoxville News Sentinel

Public school teachers in Knox County continue to push county school leaders to address their concerns about teacher evaluations, curriculum pressures and other issues. Twenty-six educators, along with students, parents and supporters, articulated those concerns to the Knox County Board of Education at its regular meeting Wednesday night.

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Health Insurance
6:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Study: TennCare Recipients Satisfied With Service

The future of TennCare is shadowed by uncertainty, but the people who depend on the state's Medicaid program say they're happy with the mdical service they get.

The University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research surveyed 5,000 TennCare recipients this summer, and 95 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with the medical care they received. TennCare is geared toward providing medical care to 1.2 million Tennesseans, mainly low-income households, the disabled and the elderly.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

The Method: Science and Public Policy

The Tennessee River near Chattanooga. Georgia wants access to this part of the river to quench its growing thirst.
Credit Charlene Simmons, via Flickr/Creative Commons

The November edition of The Method looks at some current issues facing lawmakers as they try to marry science and policy.

First up, Chrissy Keuper speaks with Bill Colglazier, Science and Technology Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, Brandon Hollingsworth talks about the sometimes-heated debate over water use with Terry Tyler, an energy expert lending his services to the Howard Baker Center in Knoxville.

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Health
6:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Scott County's Hospital Set to Re-Open

Scott County's hospital, photographed shortly after it closed in May 2012.
Credit Saul Young, Knoxville News Sentinel

A year-and-a-half after closing its doors, Scott County's only hospital is poised to once again serve the area next week. The facility in Oneida is scheduled to re-open on Monday, December 2.

The re-opening of the hospital, now operating under the name Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott, means closer access to immediate health care for residents of one of Tennessee's poorest counties.

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Health Insurance
5:41 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Loss of CoverTN Could Affect Thousands

Credit CoverTN

At the end of this year, more than 15,000 Tennesseans will likely lose their health insurance through a state-run program.

CoverTN provides limited-benefit health coverage geared toward low-income families and small businesses. And on December 31, it's expected to go away. The program doesn't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, so unless there's a change of heart -- and policy -- from federal officials, about 15,400 CoverTN customers will have less four weeks to find new health insurance policies if they don't want a lapse in coverage next year.

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Business
5:50 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Pilot Settlement Hearing Scheduled for Today (Updated)

An Arkansas judge is expected to approve a proposed settlement package in the Pilot rebate fraud scandal. This morning, attorneys representing Pilot and the clients who agreed to settle will present their arguments to Judge James Moody.

The nation's largest truck stop chain is offering full repayment of money owed from fuel rebates, plus six percent interest and attorneys' fees. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the total amount of the settlement is unclear. The company says total costs could be around $50 million, while the clients estimate total costs at $72 million.

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Economics
9:52 am
Fri November 22, 2013

State Unemployment Rate Flat in October

Credit businesspundit.com

Nonfarm employers gained 8,000 jobs in October, but Tennessee's unemployment rate remained stagnant at 8.4 percent.

The Tennessee Bureau of Labor and Workforce Development issued jobless reports for September and October on Thursday, and the numbers showed little improvement since August. Typically, the figures are released monthly, but October's government shutdown delayed the delivery of data state officials needed to calculate September's employment picture.

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Health Insurance
6:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

BCBS Tennessee Plans to Extend Policies Additional Year

Credit outsidethebeltway.com

Nine days after announcing it would notify 66,000 customers they would have to find new policies, the largest health insurance provider in Tennessee says it plans to extend those policies for another year.

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Economics
6:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Fewer Tennesseans Own Homes In Wake of Recession

Credit James Thompson, via Flickr

Fewer Tennesseans own their own homes today than before the Great Recession, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The American Community Survey (ACS) found the percentage of Tennesseans who owned a home dropped slightly, from a little more than 70 percent in 2007 to 67.5 percent in 2012. The housing crash of 2007 marked the end of a three-year period in which home ownership rates in Tennessee increased.

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Politics
6:45 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Knox County Legislator Proposes Hemp Legalization

Credit Gregory Jordan, via Flickr

A Tennessee state senator wants the state to become the eleventh in the nation to legalize the growing of hemp. But he acknowledges it won't be easy.

Frank Niceley, who represents eastern Knox County, is proposing the legalization of growing hemp, mainly for industrial uses. Hemp can be used to make items ranging from medications to textiles and even plastics. But it's also a cousin of marijuana, and that connection could scare away legislative support.

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