Knoxville and the communities that surround the Great Smoky Mountains have been dealing with dreadfully poor air quality for generations.
In recent years, however, the news has actually been encouraging.
A combination of tighter restrictions on air polluters and the migration away from coal as a fuel source by utilities like the TVA means the air is actually cleaner and healthier here than it has been in decades.
Whether you’re a native Tennessean or a newcomer, the state’s natural diversity and wild landscapes are among the most visible trademarks of the Volunteer State. But maybe you’ve never explored those places, even in your own neighborhood.
On this episode of Dialogue, host Matt Shafer Powell and Dr. Cheryl Johns, Pentecostal minister and professor at the Cleveland-based Pentecostal Theological Seminary examine the ways in which Christian evangelicals are making care of the environment an important part of their spiritual message. How does it square with their beliefs about creation and end times? And how does it affect long-standing political alliances?
Communicable diseases are all around us. They range from the simple common cold to more serious illnesses, such as Ebola. One of these is dominating the news cycle. The other is not. In this edition of Dialogue, we find out why.
Val Tanco and Sophy Jesty were married three years ago in New York, a state where their same-sex marriage is legally recognized. Then they moved to Tennessee, a state where it’s not. Their legal challenge to Tennessee’s gay marriage law is part of a national movement changing the conversation about
Minors end up in court because of "status offenses" (in Tennessee, "unruly offenses"): truancy, violating curfews, running away, all non-criminal actions… and these minors most often appear before a judge without any right to counsel.
WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Dean Rivkin, University of Tennessee Distinguished Professor of Law, and Brenda McGee, children’s rights attorney…
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.