Tennessee

10:06am

Thu September 18, 2014
Books

In ‘Tennesseans at War,’ The Volunteer State Earns Its Nickname

Tom Kanon joins us to discuss two intertwined, oft-overlooked military conflicts: The War of 1812 and the Creek War.  Kanon is an author and an archivist for the Tennessee State Library in Nashville.  His new book is Tennesseans at War, 1812–1815: Andrew Jackson, The Creek War, And The Battle of New Orleans.

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8:09am

Sat March 29, 2014
Simon Says

A Bill To Distill Simmers In Tennessee

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

What legally makes whiskey taste like Tennessee?
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Would Tennessee whiskey by any other name taste as sweet?

A debate in Tennessee simmers over a legal definition of what makes Tennessee whiskey "Tennessee."

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.

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1:50pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Why Pay Less?

Tennessee Ranks #1 In High Sales Tax

This map ranks states by combined average state & local sales tax rates. Tennessee is highest.
Credit Tax Foundation

At 9.45%, Tennessee has the highest combined average state and local sales tax rate, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation think tank.  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.  They also discuss the oft-touted claim that in Tennessee, the sales tax is high, but it's offset by low income tax.

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2:14pm

Tue February 18, 2014
Personal Finance

Questions About Debt? 'Ask Doctor Debt' Can Help

Dallas Bunton, the President-CEO at North American Credit Services, Inc, and Michael Rainwater, President of the Tennessee Collectors Association, join us to talk about Ask Doctor Debt, an online resource for people who are in debt and need answers, or who want to report unscrupulous debt collectors.

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3:27pm

Tue October 15, 2013
Business

Tax Foundation Ranks Tennessee’s Business Climate In Top 15

Tennessee is ranked #15 for having a business-friendly tax climate, according to the Tax Foundation.
Credit The Tax Foundation

The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan research organization, has ranked the Volunteer State’s business tax climate as the 15th best out of all 50 states.

From a media release:

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12:33pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Business

Why Tax-Free Weekends May Not Be A Good Deal for Tennessee

Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday 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.  For computer sales in Tennessee, these are even bigger sales days than Black Friday.  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.  

2:07pm

Tue February 12, 2013
Uncorking The Past

Why Tennessee Has Weird Wine Laws

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The majority of states allow grocery and food stores to sell wine.  Not Tennessee.  Here in the Volunteer State, liquor stores alone can sell packaged wine.  In this segment, WUTC examines the history and rationale behind this law.  WUTC also explores current debates about changing it.

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6:32pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Legal News

Tennessee’s Much-Maligned Statutory Rape Law Under Scrutiny

In Tennessee, when a teenager is the victim of statutory rape, the law could consider the teenager an accomplice in the crime.  Some people are outraged over this law, which dates back to 1895.  In this segment, WUTC explains what the law really means and why it's been on the books so long.

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12:07pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Guns In Classrooms?

Tennessee State Rep. Eric Watson, Others Discuss Pros And Cons Of Arming Teachers

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In this segment, we explore reasons why people support or oppose teachers carrying guns at school.  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.

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7:57pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Career Change

Project Inspire: Those Who Can, Teach

People who have science, math, engineering or technology backgrounds and who are looking for a career change can become Hamilton County schoolteachers through Project Inspire.

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3:29pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Business News

Thumbtack.com Rates TN Good For Small Business Owners (With One Catch)

The survey reveals a surprise: despite general satisfaction right now, Tennessee business owners aren't looking forward to the future.

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10:26am

Fri April 27, 2012
One Year Later

'Just Plumb Gone': A Year After the Tornado in Apison, Tenn.

This photo was taken near the home of Virigina and Tim Miller in Apison, Tenn., after a deadly tornado came through on April 27, 2011.
Credit Virginia and Tim Miller

A year ago, a series of deadly tornadoes came through the area and killed 81 people in the Chattanooga region. Apison, Tennessee, was one of the places that was hit particularly hard.

This piece was produced from interviews with residents of Apison who survived the tornado of April 27, 2011. You'll hear Virginia Miller and her husband Tim Miller, who made a horrific discovery in their yard, Bob Dasal, the pastor of Apison Baptist Church, Margie Hullander, who lost loved ones, and Kenny Carter, who was lifted out of his home by the winds.

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