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Tennessee revises its water protection rules and permitting policy

ApprovedHave you ever tried to remodel your house, build a new structure on your property, or repair an existing one?  If you happened to live near any kind of body of water, you probably found out fairly quickly that your process was going to be a bit more involved than that of someone who wasn’t close to any lakes, rivers, etc.  For some people, their projects are called off altogether because of the additional red tape. [Read more...]

Tennessee governor claims Promise program is working

GraduationYou’ve likely read about the Tennessee Promise before – it’s the state’s radical new program to help subsidize the cost of higher education and continue to bring degrees to a larger and larger percentage of the state’s population.  The program, which was only started this year, just got its first real checkup, and things are looking good. [Read more...]

First bill proposed following abortion amendment in Tennessee

CourtThis past election, Tennessee learned that its voters had elected to pass an amendment to the state constitution regarding abortion. Specifically, the amendment would make it so that there was no specific language in the constitution that guaranteed anyone in the state the right to an abortion. This amendment followed a Supreme Court ruling that said that the constitution previously did guarantee this right to women in the state. The new bill doesn’t make abortions illegal, far from it, but it does open the floodgates for government regulation of the procedure. [Read more...]

Tennessee voters lock in big changes this election cycle

VoteWith offices and legislation alike in flux the past few days, many states are expecting some big changes to come about in the next few months to a year. That could definitely be said for the state of Tennessee, where all four of the state constitutional amendments on the ballot appear to have passed. What are these amendments exactly? [Read more...]

Nuclear reactor might finally be completed after 40 years

ChecklistSpring City, Tennessee is a bit of an odd one; government projects and contracts abound, though none may be of as much current interest as the nuclear power plant “Watts Bar 2.” WB2 is the twin of another reactor system project that started up nearly 40 years ago, when demand for electricity was rapidly rising year over year, and lawmakers, namely those within the Tennessee Valley Authority (or TVA), were looking for effective ways to keep up with demand. [Read more...]

UT foresees a $155 million funding gap

DollarsUniversity of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro knows with ever increasing tuition costs, the state needs to dig deep into its pockets for higher education needs. DiPietro hasn’t kept his desire for increased funding a secret. [Read more...]

Garner becomes first female head football coach in Tennessee

FootballBrittany Garner never dreamed she would be in the position she finds herself in today: Garner was recently named head coach of the Pickett County football team. She is the first female high school head coach in Tennessee history. [Read more...]

Tennessee Promise registration is now open to high school seniors

Register FormRegistration is now open for seniors of the class of 2015 to sign up for the Tennessee Promise. The initiative’s aim is to increase the number of post-high school diploma certificates and degrees. [Read more...]

University of Tennessee welcomes largest freshman class in 30 years

GraduationWhen classes begin at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the university will be welcoming nearly 4,700 freshmen, and it will be the largest freshman class the University has accepted in 30 years. The second largest was in 2004 when it accepted a total of 4,422 students.

At the school, a total of 7,400 students will live on campus, an increase of about 300 over last year. Jimmy Cheek, University Chancellor said there was a clear focus to enroll an additional 400 freshman compared to last year to maintain its undergraduate enrollment of 21,500. [Read more...]

UT to get a new offensive tackle five months early

FootballSports at colleges in Tennessee have grown to account for an outrageously loud scream in the noise that makes up the university selection process for many graduating high school seniors these days. With an economy still stumbling past the finish line of a recession and many schools feeling the squeeze, traditional academic scholarships from public universities aren’t as abundant as they could be. [Read more...]