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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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

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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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Education
6:12 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Haslam, Huffman Respond to Teacher Concerns

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (left, gesturing) joins Knox County School Superintendent Jim McIntyre (center) and state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman (right) for a teacher appreciation event at Bearden Elementary School, November 8, 2013.
Credit Submitted

On a visit to Bearden Elementary School on Friday, Governor Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman responded to frustrations over the state's teacher evaluation process. Citing teacher surveys and a Vanderbilt report, both men said teacher satisfaction is generally good in the state.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Knox County Teachers Voice Frustrations

Knox County teachers and their supporters crowd the main hearing room at the City-County Building in downtown Knoxville, November 6, 2013.
Credit Lydia McCoy, Knoxville News Sentinel

About 25 Knox County educators and supporters lined up to address the Knox County Board of Education Wednesday night, and they weren't there to celebrate.

Many of the teachers aired their concerns about a number of issues, from new educational standards to the current teacher evaluation system. Several shared concerns that teacher morale is very low, and that the burdens now facing educators could discourage new teachers from entering the profession.

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Politics
6:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Knoxville Elections Likely to Draw Slim Crowd

Credit WUOT, Matt Shafer Powell

Don't be surprised if you mention Election Day and receive a blank stare in return. Knox County election officials are expecting low turnout for Tuesday's slate of five city council races. Only two of the five have drawn viable opponents.

The highest-profile race will be the fourth district, which covers North Knoxville. There, incumbent Nick Della Volpe will fight a challenge from Rick Staples. Della Volpe's call for city pension reform drew the ire of groups representing Knoxville's police and fire departments. Their frustration could translate into support for Staples.

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Government
6:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

HHS Secretary to Visit Memphis

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Credit J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

The government official at the center of the healthcare website debacle will be in Tennessee today. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Memphis, where she will deliver remarks and take questions from reporters.

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Law
6:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Mishandled Evidence Casts DUI Cases Into Uncertainty

Credit http://www.tbi.tn.gov/

 State law enforcement officials are re-testing the evidence collected in nearly 3,000 DUI cases after a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe found some of the evidence was mishandled.

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