Jul 29

Fierce storms destroy several homes in Tennessee

Lightning strikes over downtown in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Authorities state powerful storms crossing east Tennessee have destroyed several homes & damaged others. Saul Young, The Knoxville News Sentinel/AP NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Powerful storms raking across several states in the - eastern U.S. on Sunday have destroyed at least 10 homes in Tennessee, & there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries, authorities said. Spokeswoman Gina Breeding with the - office of emergency management in east Tennessee’s Claiborne County told The Associated Press -- Reports in that searchers were going door to door amid the - debris of ruined homes Sunday night in one particularly hard-hit community, Speedwell. She asserted the - county sheriff & his wife safely took refuge in their basement when storms hit, destroying their home. “He & his wife are both OK,” Breeding asserted by telephone, adding law enforcement authorities had set up a command post for operations & a school was opened for anyone left homeless to spend the - night. She asserted the - county emergency management & homeland security office hadn’t confirmed whether the - destruction was the - result of a possible tornado, yet noted there were high winds, lightning & heavy thunderstorms in the - region Sunday. She asserted the - searches were the - 1st priority & continued after nightfall. …

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Jul 29

Brown still devising new schemes at Tennessee Tech

Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown is known for his offensive innovation, & he has some plans to use Darian Stone in a new hybrid “QW” quarterback-wing position. Brown wants the - senior to show off his versatility on the - wing by joining sophomore quarterback Jared Davis in the - backfield. Stone had team highs for the - Golden Eagles by throwing for 1,008 yards & running for 523 yards. Davis threw for 935 yards himself last fall. Tennessee Tech is coming off a 5-7 season, though the - Golden Eagles finished the - season with two straight wins. The Golden Eagles moreover don’t have to play a Big Ten team like Wisconsin last season. ___ Five things to watch from Tennessee Tech: SEASONED SENIOR: Free safety Marty Jones ranked third in the - OVC with 98 tackles in 2013 & begins his sixth season due to injuries. He already has earned both a bachelor’s & a master’s, & is working on a third degree. TOUGH STUFF: Five of the - Golden Eagles’ 11 FCS opponents are projected in the - Top 25 nationally in a number of preseason rankings: OVC foes Tennessee State, Eastern Illinois & league favorite Jacksonville State; Northern Iowa; & Southern Conference co-champ Chattanooga. PILING UP: Middle linebacker Tra’Darius Goff made a team-high 101 tackles as both a sophomore & junior. …

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Jul 29

Vols PG Lopez to miss season with torn ACL

<!– begin mod-article-title –> Updated: July 29, 2014, 3:06 PM ET Associated Press -- Reports <!– end mod-article-title –> <!– begin story body –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee guard Brandon Lopez has a torn right ACL in that will prevent him from playing in the - 2014-15 season. School authorities formally announced Tuesday in that Lopez had injure his knee while playing basketball with his teammates on Saturday. The 6-foot-1 walk-on from Knoxville, Tennessee, had appeared in 31 games over the - past three seasons. Lopez was the - lone pure point guard on Tennessee’s roster. New Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall had mentioned this summer in that Lopez had an possibility to earn much more playing time this season. Tyndall asserted in a university release in that “obviously this is a huge blow to our team, as Brandon had worked himself in to a position where he was competing for a starting role.” Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press -- Reports <!– end story body –>

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Jul 29

Former Vol shares extremely harsh opinion about Derek Dooley

Updated JUL 28, 2014 1:26p ET In three seasons coaching Tennessee, Derek Dooley went 6-7, 5-7 & 4-7, with his final season in 2012 being cut a game short due to his firing (the Vols beat Kentucky under interim coach Jim Chaney). He is not a fan favorite in Knoxville. Fine — in that comes with not winning games in a high-profile gig. But some former Tennessee players feel much stronger about Dooley & would rather continue to blast him then let in that era of Vol football go & focus on the - current one. Last Friday, at a meet-and-greet with Tennessee fans, former Vol Corey Larkins shared his extremely harsh opinion about Dooley with the - Times Free Press. Said Larkins: “I just want to see some fight. I’ve seen our guys for the - last few years of time not only get beat to the - ground, yet then the - other players push up off their chest to go back to the - huddle & our guys just received up & walked back to the - huddle. I want to see some guys with some fight & defend the - program. That mentality came from the - guy we had before Coach Jones. Derek Dooley was a loser. …

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Jul 29

Vols' Lopez to miss 2014-15 season with torn ACL

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. [AP] -- Reports — Tennessee guard Brandon Lopez has a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in that will prevent him from playing in the - 2014-15 season. School authorities formally announced Tuesday in that Lopez had injure his knee while playing basketball with his teammates on Saturday. The 6-foot-1 walk-on from Knoxville, Tennessee, had appeared in 31 games over the - past three seasons. Lopez was the - lone pure point guard on Tennessee’s roster. New Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall had mentioned this summer in that Lopez had an possibility to earn much more playing time this season. Tyndall asserted in a university release in that ”obviously this is a huge blow to our team, as Brandon had worked himself in to a position where he was competing for a starting role.” Sports & Recreation American Football anterior cruciate ligament Knoxville, Tennessee <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Jul 29

Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative saves 533 lives and $75 million in 3 years

Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative saves 533 lives & $75 million in 3 years of time <!– Analytics disabled –><!– Tags for Open Graph & Twitter Site Card –> <!– Open Graph & Twitter Site Card end –>PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 28-Jul-2014 [ | E-mail ] <!– AddThis Button BEGIN –> Share<!– AddThis Button END –>Contact: Sarah Stakstonsstakston@webershandwick.com952-346-6303American College of Surgeons NEW YORK (July 28, 2:45 pm [ET]): Ten hospitals in the - Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative (TSQC) have reduced surgical complications by 19.7 % since 2009, resulting in at least 533 lives saved & $75.2 million in reduced costs, according to new results presented today at the - American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) National Conference in New York City. The hospital collaborative was formed in 2008 as a partnership of the - Tennessee Chapter of the - American College of Surgeons & the - Tennessee Hospital Association’s (THA) Center for Patient Safety, with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Tennessee Health Foundation. Through the - ACS NSQIP program, TSQC hospitals collected clinical, 30-day outcomes data from 10 participating hospitals to examine & identify trends in & evaluate best practices. Between 2009 & 2012, participating hospitals collected data on more than 55,000 surgical procedures & researchers examined rates of 17 different types of surgical complications. Compared with complication rates in 2009, participating hospitals in 2012 achieved 19.7 % fewer postoperative occurrences (p”Our results show not only have Tennessee hospitals improved care, yet we’ve been able to sustain those improvements over time,” asserted Brian Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, lead author of the - study & professor of surgery & chief of the - division of trauma & critical care at the - University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville. “Our collaborative approach & use of robust clinical outcomes data through ACS NSQIP is an effective model for quality improvement across our state & nationally.” An earlier study based on TSQC data was published in the - Journal of the - American College of Surgeons in 2012; it showed the - 10 TSQC members reduced complication rates & saved more than $8 million in excess costs from 2009 to 2010. This new study shows TSQC hospitals continued to improve in the - years of time after the - program was launched. In 2012, the - collaborative expanded & now includes 22 Tennessee hospitals. “Participation in an ACS NSQIP collaborative is helping Tennessee hospitals accelerate their improvements by sharing data, comparing results, & evaluating best practices among peers,” asserted Oscar Guillamondegui, MD, MPH, FACS, chair of TSQC’s leadership committee & an associate professor of surgery & director of the - Vanderbilt multidisciplinary traumatic brain injury clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “The TSQC has helped align the - efforts of hospitals & surgeons around quality improvement, which supports the - THA board’s commitment toward zero incidents of preventable harm in our state’s hospitals,” stated Craig A. …

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Jul 29

The night Lane Kiffin bolted Tennessee, an oral history

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 started out like any other day in Knoxville. By the - next morning, all heck had broken loose in Big Orange Country. The resignation of Tennessee head football coach Lane Kiffin came as such a shock to the - players, fans, media & university itself in that all scrambled to try to make sense of things. What follows is a recollection of events by several folks in that played a part, be it huge or small, of in that fateful date in Tennessee sports history. So find out what happens when people stop being polite & start setting a mattress on fire. (The jobs listed for each interviewee are the - positions they held on Jan. 12, 2010, followed by their current employment.) Part I: “You’re $%^&*#! kidding me.” The Vols won seven games in 2009, in addition to victories over nationally ranked rivals Georgia & South Carolina. First-year head coach Lane Kiffin was putting the - finishing touches on a top five recruiting class, & some of the - new players had already arrived on campus as early enrollees. …

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Jul 29

In Tennessee, consensus politics makes a last stand

NASHVILLE — On the - 1st day of July, Sen. Lamar Alexander delivered a moving eulogy at the - funeral of his political mentor, Howard H. Baker Jr., the - former Senate majority leader & godfather of the - Tennessee Republican Party. Baker, he said, had “more influence on my life than anyone outside my own family.” Like Baker, Alexander (R-Tenn.) has had an exemplary career in public service. He was elected to two terms as governor of Tennessee & after served as president of the - University of Tennessee & U.S. education secretary. Twice he sought his party’s nomination for president, though, like Baker, he was unsuccessful. In 2002, he won election to the - Senate. Throughout his career, Alexander has embodied Baker’s style of consensus-building politics — & largely for in that reason he is now, at 74, facing tea party opposition in the - Aug. 7 Republican primary. …

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Jul 29

Former Tennessee tailback Corey Larkins: 'Derek Dooley was a loser'

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Returning Tennessee to its former glory has not been easy. Since the - Vols won the - national title in 1998, they have won 10 or more games just four times, had six losing seasons, in addition to four straight, & are on their third coach since Philip Fulmer was forced out in 2008. And while many of the - former players think Tennessee is on its way back behind second-year coach Butch Jones, it’s complex for them to let go out the - years of time since Fulmer’s departure. “I really don’t even want to state the - names of the - two guys who were there between Coach Fulmer & Coach Jones,” former linebacker Al Wilson told the - Times Free Press. Wilson was one of several former Tennessee players working a youth football camp this past weekend & asked about his thoughts on the - state of the - program. “They don’t deserve to have their names mentioned with Tennessee football. As somebody who went 45-5 while I was at UT, that’s a place I care a lot about & I’m just glad in that there’s somebody in charge again who gets it & who wants to be there & take the - program back to where it was & where it should be.” Wilson wasn’t the - only one who had unkind words for Lane Kiffin & Derek Dooley, two coaches who bridged the - gap — poorly — between Fulmer & the - current regime. Kiffin spent just one year with the - Vols, received the - team in hot water with the - NCAA & then bolted for USC. Dooley came from Louisiana Tech, struggled to a 15-21 record in three seasons & made very few friends among the - former alumni. “With Coach Jones, when you walk in to the - facility now it’s like you never left,” asserted former fullback Troy Fleming, who was with the - Vols from 1999-2003. …

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Jul 29

Fitch Rates Tennessee State School Bond Authority 'AA+'

<!– google_ad_section_start –> NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– <!– –> Fitch Ratings assigns an ‘AA+’ rating to the - following Tennessee State School Bond Authority (TSSBA) higher educational facilities 2nd program bonds: –$132,350,000 series 2014 A (federally taxable); –$207,050,000 refunding series 2014 B. The bonds will be offered via negotiated sale the - week of Aug. 4. In addition, Fitch affirms the - following rating: –$1.262 billion in outstanding TSSBA higher educational facilities 2nd program bonds at ‘AA+’. The Rating Outlook is Stable. SECURITY The bonds are a special obligation of the - authority payable primarily by annual yearly financing charges from the - Board of Trustees of the - University of Tennessee & the - Board of Regents of the - State University & Community College System of the - State of Tennessee (the boards), as well as a statutory intercept of legislative appropriations for operations & maintenance, if necessary, & other moneys via separate financing agreements between the - authority & the - boards. KEY RATING DRIVERS BROAD COVERAGE: Broad analysis is provided by a gross revenue pledge of higher education fees & charges through the - boards. AMPLE INTERCEPT OF STATE APPROPRIATIONS: A provision exists to intercept if necessary state appropriations for public higher education institutions, which provide ample & timely analysis of debt service. AUTHORITY LINKED TO STATE: The state plays an intrinsic role in the - authority & its financings. Fitch rates Tennessee’s general obligation (GO) debt ‘AAA’ with a Stable Rating Outlook. …

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