Tennessee http://wutc.org en A Bill To Distill Simmers In Tennessee http://wutc.org/post/bill-distill-simmers-tennessee Would Tennessee whiskey by any other name taste as sweet?<p>A debate in Tennessee simmers over a legal definition of what makes Tennessee whiskey "Tennessee."<p>The state legislature passed a bill last year saying whiskey can be labeled "Tennessee" only if it's made in the state from a mash that's 51-percent corn, trickles through maple charcoal, and is aged in new, charred oak barrels.<p>There's some precedent in the spirits world. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:09:00 +0000 Scott Simon 35466 at http://wutc.org A Bill To Distill Simmers In Tennessee Tennessee Ranks #1 In High Sales Tax http://wutc.org/post/tennessee-ranks-1-high-sales-tax <p></p><p>At 9.45%, Tennessee has the highest combined average state and local sales tax rate, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan <a href="http://taxfoundation.org/blog/combined-state-and-average-local-sales-tax-rates">Tax Foundation</a> think tank.&nbsp; In this segment, WUTC's Michael Edward Miller speaks with Scott Drenkard, a Tax Foundation economist, about the reason why the foundation collects and publicizes this information.&nbsp; They also discuss the oft-touted claim that in Tennessee, the sales tax is high, but it's offset by low income tax.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:50:36 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 35114 at http://wutc.org Tennessee Ranks #1 In High Sales Tax Questions About Debt? 'Ask Doctor Debt' Can Help http://wutc.org/post/questions-about-debt-ask-doctor-debt-can-help <p> Dallas Bunton, the President-CEO at North American Credit Services, Inc, and Michael Rainwater, President of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TennesseeCollectorsAssociation">Tennessee Collectors Association</a>, join us to talk about<a href="https://www.facebook.com/TennesseeCollectorsAssociation"> Ask Doctor Debt</a>, an online resource for people who are in debt and need answers, or who want to report unscrupulous debt collectors.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:14:08 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 33809 at http://wutc.org Tax Foundation Ranks Tennessee’s Business Climate In Top 15 http://wutc.org/post/tax-foundation-ranks-tennessee-s-business-climate-top-15 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan research organization, has ranked the Volunteer State&rsquo;s business tax climate as the </span>15<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> best out of all 50 states.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From a media release:</span></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:27:44 +0000 Staff 28752 at http://wutc.org Tax Foundation Ranks Tennessee’s Business Climate In Top 15 Why Tax-Free Weekends May Not Be A Good Deal for Tennessee http://wutc.org/post/why-tax-free-weekends-may-not-be-good-deal-tennessee <p></p><p>Tennessee's annual <a href="http://tn.gov/revenue/salestaxholiday/">sales tax holiday </a>runs August 2 - 4 this year, and shoppers are expected to save between $8 and $10 million on items like clothing, school supplies and computers. &nbsp;For computer sales in Tennessee, these are even bigger sales days than Black Friday. &nbsp;These weekends are touted as economic boost for Tennessee and tax relief for low-income families, but a nonprofit research group, the Tax Foundation, says these tax holidays may not actually do much for the economy. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:33:02 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 25501 at http://wutc.org Why Tennessee Has Weird Wine Laws http://wutc.org/post/why-tennessee-has-weird-wine-laws <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The majority of states allow grocery and food stores to sell wine.&nbsp; Not Tennessee.&nbsp; Here in the Volunteer State, liquor stores alone can sell packaged wine.&nbsp; In this segment, WUTC examines the history and rationale behind this law.&nbsp; WUTC also explores current debates about <a href="http://wpln.org/?p=45128">changing it</a>.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:07:08 +0000 Michael Edward Miller & Mary Helen Miller 17971 at http://wutc.org Why Tennessee Has Weird Wine Laws Tennessee’s Much-Maligned Statutory Rape Law Under Scrutiny http://wutc.org/post/tennessee-s-much-maligned-statutory-rape-law-under-scrutiny <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Tennessee, when a teenager is the victim of statutory rape, the law could consider the teenager <a href="http://www.tba.org/news/court-to-consider-rape-accomplice-law">an accomplice in the crime.</a>&nbsp; Some people are <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130121/COLUMNIST0101/301210018/Tennessee-Supreme-Court-must-end-child-rape-accomplice-law">outraged</a>&nbsp;over this law, which dates back to 1895. &nbsp;In this segment, WUTC explains what the law really means and why it's been on the books so long.</span></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 23:32:23 +0000 Michael Edward Miller & Mary Helen Miller 17736 at http://wutc.org Tennessee State Rep. Eric Watson, Others Discuss Pros And Cons Of Arming Teachers http://wutc.org/post/tennessee-state-rep-eric-watson-others-discuss-pros-and-cons-arming-teachers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this segment, we explore reasons why people support or oppose teachers carrying guns at school.&nbsp; Going beyond pro/con arguments based on hypotheticals, we look for examples of a teacher or school official using a gun to stop a school shooting.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:07:31 +0000 Michael Edward Miller & Garrett Crowe 16843 at http://wutc.org Tennessee State Rep. Eric Watson, Others Discuss Pros And Cons Of Arming Teachers Project Inspire: Those Who Can, Teach http://wutc.org/post/project-inspire-those-who-can-teach <p>People who have science, math, engineering or technology backgrounds and who are looking for a career change can become Hamilton County schoolteachers through <a href="http://projectinspiretn.org/">Project Inspire</a>.</p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:57:59 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 14568 at http://wutc.org Thumbtack.com Rates TN Good For Small Business Owners (With One Catch) http://wutc.org/post/thumbtackcom-rates-tn-good-small-business-owners-one-catch <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="30" src="http://archive.org/embed/Thumbtack.comRatesTnGoodForSmallBusinessOwnerswithOneCatch" width="300"></iframe></p><p>The survey reveals a surprise: despite general satisfaction right now, Tennessee business owners aren&#39;t looking forward to the future. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 19:29:40 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 8557 at http://wutc.org 'Just Plumb Gone': A Year After the Tornado in Apison, Tenn. http://wutc.org/post/just-plumb-gone-year-after-tornado-apison-tenn <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A year ago, a series of deadly tornadoes came through the area and killed 81 people in the Chattanooga region. </span>Apison<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Tennessee, was one of the places that was hit particularly hard.</span></p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 14:26:36 +0000 Mary Helen Miller 5358 at http://wutc.org 'Just Plumb Gone': A Year After the Tornado in Apison, Tenn.