Panel says FAA too tough on drones
Science advisers to the federal government say safety regulators should do more to speed the integration of commercial drones into the nation's airspace.
The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine said in a report Monday that federal safety regulators are often "overly conservative" and need to balance the overall benefits of drones instead of focusing only on their risk to airplanes and helicopters.
Academy experts say the Federal Aviation Administration tilts against proposals for commercial uses of unmanned aircraft without considering their potential to reduce other risks and save lives.
For example, they say, when drones are used to inspect cell-phone towers it reduces the risk of making workers climb up the towers.
The study was requested by Congress last year.
College open house for in-demand jobs
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Chattanoga State Community College is planning an open house next week on Thursday, July 12 from 4-6 p.m. to allow faculty members to discuss programs and showcase program labs for careers in 26 high-demand programs. Each of these diploma programs can be completed in one year's time or less.
Funds are currently available to help students become career-ready in just one-year. Tennessee high school graduates who applied for the TN Promise Scholarship and completed the required community service component are eligible for this last-dollar scholarship that will cover mandatory tuition and fees not covered by the Pell Grant, the HOPE scholarship, TSAA, SEOG, or other outside scholarship funds. In addition, adults of any age and recent high school grads can qualify for the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant that pays $2,000 per year toward any TCAT program.
The TN Reconnect Grant for TCAT programs is also a last dollar funding opportunity for adult students 24 years of age and older who have been TN residents for at least one year prior to enrolling, have completed a FAFSA, and have not already earned a TCAT certificate or diploma.
TCAT Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 27.
PETA thanks CBL for hot car warning
After hearing from PETA that dozens of children and animals die every year after being left inside sweltering vehicles, CBL & Associates Properties has posted warning signs reminding shoppers never to leave anyone behind in a hot car. In thanks, PETA has sent the Chattanooga-based real estate company a box of delicious vegan chocolates.
"Every year, dozens of dogs and children bake to death after being locked in parked cars and left behind," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "PETA is recognizing CBL & Associates Properties for taking action and potentially saving lives this summer with crucial warning signs reminding shoppers that high temperatures can be deadly."
On a relatively mild 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to up to 100 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes. When children are left inside a hot vehicle, their body temperature can increase three to five times faster than an adult's, and because dogs can cool themselves only by sweating through their paw pads and panting, they can suffer from heatstroke in mere minutes.
CBL joins several real estate companies—including Simon Property Group, GGP, and Macerich—that have posted warning signs about the dangers of hot cars.
Insurer must pay for Cosby lawsuit
A federal appeals court says an insurance company must pick up Bill Cosby's tab to fight defamation lawsuits brought by women who accused him of sexual misconduct.
But the ruling by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston doesn't mean the insurance company, AIG, must pay any damages.
Cosby faces civil lawsuits alleging he defamed women when he accused them of lying about their allegations.
Cosby was convicted in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The 80-year-old comedian is due to be sentenced in September and faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison.