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2008-06-18 18:00:41

By Tom Humphrey, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn. Jun. 17--NASHVILLE -- TVA Chairman Bill Sansom told a panel of congressmen Monday that the agency could easily handle future demand from electric-powered cars and offer a 20 percent discount -- so long as batteries are charged at night. "If they wanted to plug in from noon to 6 p.m., that would be a challenge for us," Sansom said. Sansom joined representatives of auto manufacturing companies, battery producers and others at a...

2008-06-18 18:00:41

By Larisa Brass, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn. Jun. 18--Four years ago, nobody thought much about solar. But today, KUB's fourth Generation Partners customer -- Knoxville physician Preston Smith -- showed off 28 solar panels fixed to the roof of his new horse barn. The panels will allow him to not only use less electricity at home but also sell extra power back to the grid. The program is funded by TVA, which pays 15 cents per kilowatt hour Smith delivers to the grid. His...

2007-02-12 21:00:35

By Carly Harrington, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn. Feb. 11--Knoxville was still reeling from the World's Fair when James Foster arrived here in 1982 to interview for a new medical scholarship program aimed at bringing more minority doctors to town. At the time, there were four black physicians practicing medicine in Knoxville. "For me, it came down to finances. I just liked the idea of someone giving me a job," said the Louisville, Ky., native who became the first recipient...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'