Three candidates are on the November ballot for Tennessee State House District 30, and one of them has received an unusual endorsement. Joda Thongnopnua, the Democratic candidate, gathered with reporters outside the Hamilton County Election Commission building to announce why J. Michael Holloway, an independent competing in the same race, has decided to endorse Thongnopnua.

Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean continued to keep their campaigns civil Tuesday night in Kingsport, where the two held their second debate.

They largely passed up on direct attacks, but there were some places where they sought to highlight their contrasting views.

Since 1960, Tennessee has put to death only one person by electrocution. And now a prisoner who is scheduled to die Thursday has opted for the electric chair.

Doctors have gradually come to realize that people who survive a serious brush with death in the intensive care unit are likely to develop potentially serious problems with their memory and thinking processes.

This dementia, a side effect of intensive medical care, can be permanent. And it affects as many as half of all people who are rushed to the ICU after a medical emergency. Considering that 5.7 million Americans end up in intensive care every year, this is a major problem that until recently, has been poorly appreciated by medical caregivers.

“The legend of my grandfather was quite well known among our family,” says Clay Bonnyman Evans. His grandfather was U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr., who grew up in Knoxville, died in the 1943 Battle of Tarawa and posthumously received the Medal of Honor.

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Chattanooga, TN – Every once in a while, there is a reactionary shift in the arts. In times of excess, people crave simplicity. Awash in the over production of popular music, audiences were bound to call for a simpler, truer music. With the stellar success of the Oh Brother! Where Art Thou soundtrack, this has become evident to the music business as a whole. The movement of musicians, who found influence and solace in the Appalachian harmonies of the Carter Family, or the narratives of Jimmie Rogers, finally found commercial viability and airplay.

Neil Halstead, singer/songwriter behind the bands Slowdive and Mojave 3, will stop by the WUTC studios on Monday July 15th at 2:00pm for an interview with Richard Winham.

Richard Winham to interview Neil Halstead (former lead singer of the band Slowdive and lead singer of the band Mojave 3) on Monday July 15 @ 3:00 PM

Chattanooga, TN – Time Out has called Neil Halstead "one of Britain's greatest songwriters"; NME said he wrote "the kind of honest, heartfelt love songs men are too scared or too cool to write these days". The six albums he has made - three apiece with Slowdive and Mojave 3 - have been universally hailed as "sublime". Two years in the making, Sleeping On Roads is the singer-writer-guitar player's debut solo record.

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