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.
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.
Michael Edward Miller and Mary Helen Miller explore Tennessee's contentious wine laws.
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.
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.
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.
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.