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Counting Endagered Gray Bats In a Tennessee Cave

Jul 3, 2018
Will Davis

Nickajack Cave is one of the most important caves in the Tennessee Valley for biologists because it’s a maternity roost for the federally endangered Gray Bat. If you’re wondering how many bats are in the cave, WUTC’s Will Davis has the answer.

In Tennessee, we're ready to fight for freedom. We're known as as the Volunteer State because of our reputation for military service. But during the past few years' elections, we've been far less willing to get out and vote--our turnout numbers have been among the nation's lowest.

Why? And how does it affect who gets elected?

Shanna Singh Hughey, President of ThinkTennessee, discusses it with us. They're a Nashville-based, nonpartisan think tank studying voting issues, election security, and other challenges in the state.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry unexpectedly announced she was resigning Tuesday morning--after appearing in court and pleading guilty to theft of property over $10,000. Just how sudden was the announcement, and how does her guilty plea relate to an affair she had with the head of her security, Sgt. Rob Forrest?

Governor Bill Haslam has released his proposed $37.5 billion state budget for fiscal year 2018-19. Health & social services and education are the biggest spending areas. 

The Sycamore Institute--an independent, statewide, nonpartisan public policy research center for Tennessee--has released a budget summary to help you better understand what Haslam is proposing. 

U.S, Senator Bob Corker isn’t totally ruling out the idea he might run for Governor of Tennessee in 2018. But it seems unlikely--"If that were something I were going to attempt to pursue," he said to reporters Wednesday, "it would have been good to think about it a year ago."

Corker, a two-term Senator, announced his retirement earlier this week.

Located at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) offers free advising and information to those who want to enter or continue college and who do not already have a four-year degree.

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If Tennessee legislators say yes to everything Governor Bill Haslam touted Monday evening, you'll pay more while driving to the grocery store, but you'll save while shopping. 

And if you've never earned a college degree, you could get one tuition-free.

When Chattanooga's Judge Raulston Schoolfield died in 1982, the New York Times noted his passing:

Judge Raulston Schoolfield, removed from the criminal bench on charges of bribery and extorting campaign help from racketeers but later elected as a lesser jurist, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 76 years old. Mr. Schoolfield's impeachment and conviction by the state Senate in 1958 led to his disbarment and removal as a County Judge...

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Though devastating wildfires in the Gatlinburg/Sevier County area of Tennessee have scorched more than 100 buildings, downtown Gatlinburg is mostly intact, officials said at a press conference this morning.

"The worst is definitely over with," according to Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller. "We're dealing with 15 mile-an-hour winds today, where we were dealing with 87 mile-an-hour winds last night."

More than 2,000 people have checked into emergency shelters. Hundreds of firefighters from around the region arrived help extinguish blazes.

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  When heroin users overdose, it's often a fatal situation. An antidote called Narcan (also called naloxone) is able to reverse the effects of an overdose. Because of new regulations, Narcan should be fairly easy to obtain in Tennessee, but as WUTC's Baris Gusakal found out, that's not always the case--even though heroin use is reaching epidemic proportions.

    Dr. Rhea Seddon joins us to talk about what it was like to be one of NASA's first female astronauts. A Murfreesboro, Tennessee native, she was a medical resident who applied to NASA on a whim after hearing the organization was searching for women to join the space program. She was accepted, launched into orbit to conduct medical experiments, and found a family; she and her husband Hoot Gibson were the first married astronaut couple, and Dr. Seddon gave birth to the world's first "astrotot."

  In this interview, we’re talking about a place that’s home to some of Tennessee’s most important records. But workers at the building are running out of room for new documents. The Tennessee State Library & Archives is housed in a Nashville building that’s 60 years old, has accessibility issues and far too few public parking spaces. Officials are seeking $90 million for a new location.

  Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson has introduced a bill that would allow counselors to turn down potential clients if the client's goals, outcomes, or behavior conflicts with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor.  Some say the bill is really about allowing counselors to discriminate against gays and lesbians, but Senator Johnson disagrees.

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