East Tennessee Companies Wary of Tariffs, But Not Hurting Much Yet

East Tennessee businesses are still adjusting to steel and aluminum tariffs – even as the Trump Administration gears up to tax more foreign imports. Many local companies say the 25 percent tax on imported steel has driven up their own costs by 7 to 15 percent. But so far, those pressures have been offset by the thriving economy. Sometimes, the tariffs have even provided new opportunities. “Right now we've not had a negative impact because of the tariffs,” said Kevin Barth, vice president of...

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Lauren Blankenship- Arithmomania Has Twelve Letters

May 16, 2013

Unless you spend a lot of time doing crossword puzzles or tweeting, counting the number of letters in a word might seem like a pointless endeavor.  But for a tiny segment of the population, the urge to count letters is irresistible, sometimes to the point of distraction.  WUOT’s Lauren Blankenship knows a lot about counting letters.  She's been doing it since she could read.  As part of WUOT's Next Wave Radio Project, Lauren filed this reflection...

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The University of Tennessee is hosting an active-shooter training today geared toward helping university staff prevent campus shootings.

The audience is expected to include more than 300 participants; it will also be webcast for the entire university system.

Fort Sanders Neighborhood heads up annual "Fragile 15" List

May 15, 2013
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The historic district north of the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus is the latest neighborhood to top Knox Heritage's annual "Fragile 15" list of endangered structures and places.

Tennessee Department of Probation and Parole

The Tennessee Department of Correction will soon require the state's probation and parole officers to be armed. WATE-TV reports that there are currently 783 probation and parole officers in Tennessee and those officers will choose whether or not to undergo a two-week training to be armed. But all probation and parole officers will be armed by 2018.

The biannual Tennessee Women's Health Report Card gave the health of Tennessee women a grade of C, an improvement over a D in 2011. State health officials say there remain several areas of concern, however:  the percentage of women who smoke during pregnancy, the prevalence of the sexually transmitted infections Chlamydia and Syphilis, and deaths from breast and cervical cancer in African-American women all received an F.

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Low-cost airline carriers have had a turbulent history in the Knoxville market. But city and county leaders hope to make an announcement today to change that.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero have jointly set aside $370,000 dollars for what they’re calling a Competitive Airfare Partnership.

Jim Evans, Vice President of Marketing at McGhee-Tyson airport, says they’ve had some hits and misses with lowfare carriers before.

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A settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental groups means the Tennessee Valley Authority is shuttering 18 of its oldest coal-fired power plants. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper reports on the resulting job cuts at those facilities… 

The University of Tennessee’s director of student judicial affairs has been fired after officials say she refused to cooperate with an investigation. Jenny Wright is being investigated over alleged inappropriate relationships with student-athletes. The university has hired an attorney to investigate those allegations. University officials say they won’t release any details about the accusations or about the students who may be involved.

Haslam To Veto Ag Gag Bill

May 14, 2013
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Knoxville, Tenn. - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will issue the second veto of his term on a controversial bill centered on livestock abuse.                                                 

The bill would have made it illegal to video or photograph livestock abuse without turning in the evidence within 48 hours.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee submitted 34,000 signatures urging a veto earlier this month; executive director Hedy Weinburg says she commends Haslam's decision. 

Number of Tornadoes in Tennessee Above Average

May 13, 2013
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The National Weather Service says the number of tornadoes in the US this year is way down. But WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper reports the numbers in Tennessee are above average for the year…

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