Experts Guide

Healthy Start for the School Year

Nan-GaylordPediatric nursing expert Nan Gaylord, director of the Vine School Health Center and associate professor of nursing, is available to discuss ways kids can start the school year off on a healthy note. Gaylord can discuss back-to-school exams, medication forms, getting back on a sleep schedule, good hygiene, and bus safety. Read more.

Gasoline and Diesel Taxes

Taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel could be going up in order to fill a funding gap between state and federal systems to maintain and update Tennessee’s aging highways and bridges. Gov. Bill Haslam kicks off a transportation tour next week and will be discussing the state’s needs with legislators, mayors, local officials, and business leaders in fifteen stops throughout August and early September.

Murray_MatthewMatthew Murray, director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is an expert in state tax policy and has been studying the impact of fuel taxes in recent years. Read more.

2016 Presidential Race

The 2016 presidential race is heating up as candidates join the fray and key issues shift.

07-37837-1_Anthony-NownesAnthony Nownes is a professor of political science whose research looks at lobbyists and interest groups at local, state, and national levels. His books include Interest Groups in American Politics: Pressure and Power, and Total Lobbying: What Lobbyists Want (and How They Try to Get It). “As always, interest groups will play a substantial role in this race, primarily by contributing money to candidates and forming super PACs,” Nownes said. Read more.

Racism and Radicalism

Following the deadly shooting of nine Charleston, South Carolina, community leaders in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, national dialogue is turning toward issues of racism and radical ideology in the U.S. and opinions about the use of the Confederate battle flag as a symbol of hate or pride.

JoshuaInwoodJoshua Inwood, associate professor of geography and Africana studies, is an expert on racism and violence. Inwood can provide expert insight and analysis about radicalism’s destructive force and the white supremacy movement’s role in American history. Read more.