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A lowly graduate assistant on the staff of an SEC football team is trying to figure out where he fits in, both on and off the field. He joins a book club to impress women, he carries the load of his coaching staff and he puts up with the menial tasks he's assigned in order to beat out a competitor for a plum coaching slot that's just opened up. And that's just the beginning of  Winning Plays, a new comedic novel from writer and Tennessee native Inman Majors.

ELECTION 2012: Knoxville's Pension Plan Question

Oct 16, 2012

As early voting in Tennessee gets underway, Knoxville voters will cast ballots that could change the city charter. At issue: the pension plan for city workers. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero has proposed what she calls a "hybrid" pension plan. It would apply to any employee hired after January 1, 2013, and would close the current pension plan. Changes will include a rise in retirement age and an increase in the pension vesting period (from 5 years to 10 years). The new plan would also put limits on defined benefits, or those benefits guaranteed by the city.

Grade School Algebra Adds Up To Better Scores

Oct 10, 2012

Education reformers often ask if teachers can improve test scores in the face of crippling economic pressure in the communities surrounding the school. So WUOT's Southern Education Desk reporter Christine Jessel set out for rural Cumberland County to find a teacher who has. 

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

During the first week of October 2012, WUOT's Matt Shafer Powell introduced listeners to three women whose lives illustrate the profound ways in which East Tennessee's prescription drug abuse epidemic is affecting the bond between mothers and their children.  

Carla Saunders is a Nurse Practitioner at East Tennessee Children's Hospital where she sees an alarming number of babies each day who are born dependent upon the same painkillers as their mothers.

    

Katie Baker looks back on her turbulent childhood, in which she lived alone with her drug-addicted mother.

Jeff Sharlet is a writer whose beat is belief and faith in America. His books have chronicled fundamentalist dogma in the nation's capital and Wiccan ceremonies in the nation's heartland. His most recent work is a collection of nonfiction essays called Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness and the Country In Between. It examines personal faith on a variety of levels in American culture.

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