Murfreesboro, Tenn (AP-WMOT) New census estimates out today show the number of Americans living in poverty is higher than ever - reaching a new peak of more than 49 million poeple, or 16 percent of the population.
The new numbers are higher than the official 2010 poverty rate of 15 percent that was reported in September.
Knoxville, Tenn (AP/WMOT) A University of Tennessee researcher has helped confirm a link between a fungus and the widespread death of bats.
Justin Boyles, a post-doctoral research associate, was one of the study’s authors. The study discovered that the fungus Geomyces destructans is causing White-nose Syndrome, a disease decimating the bat population.