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Accused Lookout Valley killer has court date set

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Derek Morse, 19, was arrested and charged Thursday morning with 3 counts of Criminal Homicide and one count of Attempted Criminal Homicide. His preliminary date in Hamilton County Court is set for May 8. More>>

TN Open gun carry sponsor moves for full House vote

The House sponsor of a bill seeking to remove permit requirements to carry guns openly in Tennessee wants to bypass committees and hold a full floor vote on the measure. More>>

TN Senate OKs House version of 'In God We Trust' bill

The Senate has voted to overrule the sponsor of a bill that originally sought to require the phrase "In God We Trust" to be painted behind the speaker's podiums in the state Capitol. More>>

UT Extension seeking children for 4-H summer camps

Tennessee 4-H camps Columbia, Crossville and Greeneville are looking for children to participate in this summer's programs. More>>

TN Lawmakers to vote on state's $32.4B spending plan

Tennessee lawmakers are poised to vote on a $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July. More>>

TN Gov. Haslam examining ramifications of gun open carry bill

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Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration is carefully examining the ramifications of a bill passed by the Senate that would allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without state-issued permits. More>>

T-Mobile to hire more than 125 for Chattanooga Call Center

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Cellular service provider T-Mobile will host an open house hiring event to fill over 125 positions in the Chattanooga call center.
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TN House OKs weaker anti-meth bill

A watered-down version of Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-meth legislation has been approved by the House. More>>

TN Senate votes for open gun carry without permit

The state Senate has passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit. More>>

New TN bill aims to extend school bus retirement age Video included

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If approved, a school bus, regardless of age or miles, may stay on the road as long as it passes an annual inspection. More>>

TN taking comments on fishing regulations

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is accepting welcoming comments for its 2015 fishing regulations. More>>

Reporters in TN ask for more access to Haslam speeches

Haslam Director of Communications Alexia Poe said the governor had been available to Tennessee media on 32 of the 68 business days in 2014. Haslam's predecessor, Gov. Phil Bredesen, allowed media to attend all speeches. More>>

Weston Wamp raises over $400,000 in first quarter of 2014

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Fleischmann has not yet reported his campaign fundraising totals for the first quarter of 2014; the reporting deadline is April 15. More>>

4 TN teens expected to appear in court in SC

The four Tennessee teens who led police on a 10-hour chase last week are due in court in South Carolina. More>>

City beer sales bill headed to governor's desk

A bill to allow local governments to obtain permits to sell beer is headed for Gov. Bill Haslam's desk after being approved by the House on Thursday. More>>

Residents upset after park's equipment vanishes Video included

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Visitors of a historic park in Polk County are wanting answers after discovering all the park's equipment had vanished.
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Haslam: No threat implied in VW incentive offer

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says making a $300 million incentive package to Volkswagen subject to labor talks concluding to the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a "statement of reality." More>>

WANTED: Man seen on tape sexually abusing a child

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The search for John Doe 28 is part of Operation Rescue Me and the Endangered Child Alert program. The programs focus on identifying both victims and suspects seen in child exploitation videos and images. More>>

TN children rank 32nd for health, well-being

A new national report finds Tennessee's children rank 32nd among all states for academic success, health and economic well-being. More>>

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Tennessee coding camps aim to teach next generation of coders

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While the United States already employs 1 million software developers and that number is expected to grow at least 22 percent by 2020, most children aren't learning how to code in school. More>>

TN House votes to clear way for Rocky Top name change

The state House has voted to allow Lake City to change its name to Rocky Top despite ongoing legal efforts by the rights owners of the bluegrass standard to block the move. More>>

Vanderbilt hosts forum on the politics of vaccines

Vanderbilt University is hosting a forum that will look at the political, medical and ethical debates surrounding childhood vaccines. More>>

TN death row inmates dying of natural causes

Many inmates awaiting execution on Tennessee's death row never make it to the execution chamber. More>>

Tennesseans rush to meet health care enrollment deadline

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If you choose not to enroll, you will have to pay this year's penalty: either 1 percent of your yearly income or $95 per adult, whichever amount is higher. More>>

Ramsey: Pay raises, higher ed funding face cuts

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says worse-than-expected revenue collections could force Tennessee to cancel planned pay raises for state employees and reduce planned investments in higher education. More>>

THP helps in six-state I-75 crackdown this weekend

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During the three day period, law enforcement agencies on I-75 in all six states will have an increased presence, focusing on distracted driving. More>>

Which supermarket is the best?

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Consumer Reports' supermarket ratings are based on a survey of more than 27,000 readers. More than half had at least one complaint and almost a third had two or more problems. More>>

TN cautions uninsured about health deadline

State Department of Commerce and Insurance officials are cautioning uninsured Tennesseans that they may find it challenging to get health insurance if they wait after the March 31 deadline for open enrollment for the... More>>

Watered-down version of meth bill advancing in TN House

An annual cap of 150 days' worth of allergy and cold medicines like Sudafed could be bought without prescription under the current version of the bill. More>>

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Higher fuel costs push up TVA electric rates in April

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Consumers who heat with electric furnaces have already paid electric bills averaging 15 to 30 percent more than last winter in the Tennessee Valley due to colder weather. More>>

Wal-Mart recalls 174,000 dolls over burn risk

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Consumers should stop using the product, remove the batteries and return them to any Wal-Mart store for a refund. More>>

Bill to repeal TN motorcycle helmet law fails

The latest effort to get rid of Tennessee's motorcycle helmet requirement has failed in a Senate committee. More>>

TN Senate sponsor says compromise near on Common Core

The Senate sponsor of a contentious proposal to delay further implementation of the state's Common Core education standards for two years says compromise legislation is in the works. More>>

UPDATE: Effort to rewrite TN whiskey law fails for year

House and Senate committees are scheduled to take up bills seeking to undo the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey enacted last year. More>>

Home Depot groups hit 10,000 mark in homes project

Nonprofits backed by the Home Depot Foundation have improved more than 10,000 homes for veterans as part of the retail giant's grant program. More>>

Campfield drops fight over UT Sex Week, student fees

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The Senate resolution denounces Sex Week and says UT administrators and trustees are "directed" to develop new student fee policies, including ones that give students notice of organizations and events funded and an option on whether a portion of the fees are authorized for such uses. More>>

TVA to update progress on long-range plan

The Tennessee Valley Authority is set to discuss progress in updating the utilities long-range energy resources plan along with more than 1,100 comments from the public. More>>

7,780 flood insurance policies face hike in TN

For many Tennessee property owners in flood-prone areas, a move by Congress to soften steep increases to subsidized insurance policies may come as little comfort. More>>

Polk Infant Dead, Mother & Boyfriend Indicted

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A Polk County grand jury returns felony murder and aggravated child abuse bills for a Copperhill, Tennessee couple after the woman's 8 month old child dies under suspicious circumstances. More>>

Remains of TN Vietnam vet laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

The recently recovered remains of seven U.S. service members from the Vietnam War are being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. More>>

Job fair Thursday in Walker County

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The Georgia Department of Labor along with other organizations are sponsoring a career expo Thursday. More>>

TN Gov. Haslam's free tuition proposal advancing in Senate

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a community college program for all high school graduates is advancing in the Senate. More>>

Polk Co. man arrested for suspected DUI

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A suspected drunk driver is under arrest in Polk County after flipping his truck off Highway 411 Tuesday afternoon. More>>

TN Gov. Haslam visiting schools in support of Common Core

Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting schools in each grand division of Tennessee on Tuesday to drum up support for Common Core education standards. More>>

Who uses food stamps? Millions of children

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In recent years, experts say, many people also have turned to the food stamp program because of a short-term job loss or cut in hours. That's a temporary safety net the program is supposed to provide. More>>

TN House outlaws using drones to monitor fishing and hunting

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The Tennessee House has given final legislative approval to a bill that would outlaw the use of drones to watch people who are "lawfully" hunting or fishing. More>>

THP warns motorists about drinking and driving for St. Patrick's Day

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Last year, 13 people died in vehicular crashes during the 72-hour St. Patrick's Day holiday period, according to the THP. More>>

Tennessee can lawfully electrocute inmates, says State Attorney General

The State Attorney General says Tennessee can lawfully use the electric chair on death row inmates if drugs used for lethal injection are not available. More>>

Opposition to guns in parks bill comes from gun-rights group

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The Tennessee Firearms Association says there's a "felony trap" hidden in the current version of the bill. More>>

TN House votes to delay implementation of common core for 2 years

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The standards are intended to provide students with the critical thinking, problem solving and writing skills needed for college and the workforce. More>>

TN Senate decries 'radical agenda' of UT's Sex Week

The state Senate has passed a resolution directing the University of Tennessee to require parents to opt in to allowing student fees to go toward events deemed "controversial or objectionable." More>>

Chattanooga Area Food Bank wins grant

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Chattanooga Area Food Bank President, Maeghan Jones, says the Darden Restaurant group is one of many community partners doing their part to fight hunger in this region. More>>

Grand Ole Opry House celebrates 40th anniversary

Country music's most famous radio show, WSM-AM's "Grand Ole Opry," has been on air since 1925, but the show didn't find a permanent home until the Grand Ole Opry House opened 40 years ago. More>>

Increasing winds create problems around the Tennessee Valley and beyond

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A cold front is slipping into the Tennessee Valley and causing our winds to shift and blow from the northwest at 20-30mph. More>>

UT president says school can't ban Sex Week event

University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro is urging lawmakers not to pursue legislation that would penalize the school over its student-run Sex Week. More>>

Bill makes changes to TN State Textbook Commission

A proposal that makes changes to the process for selecting books for state schools is advancing in the House. More>>

Fire on Kimsey Mtn in Polk County

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Several fire crews are battling a blaze on Kimsey Mountain in Polk County. More>>

TVA spring sport fish survey starts this week

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The surveys start Tuesday, and among reservoirs to be sampled are Nickajack, Chickamauga, Guntersville, Wheeler, Pickwick, Watts Bar and Fort Loudoun. More>>

More Tennesseans filing taxes electronically

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Through March 7, the IRS had received more than 1.4 million electronic returns from Tennesseans, a 3.8% increase over the same time last year. More>>

UPDATE: Industrial accident claims life of one person

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The person injured in an industrial accident Friday in Polk County has died.
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Twenty indicted in East Tennessee meth ring

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An investigation shows that the people involved bout pseudoephedrine at local pharmacies with the intent to manufacture meth at various places around Sweetwater, Lenoir City and Loudon. More>>

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Move to boost Tennessee's minimum wage fails

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Tennessee's effort to increase the state's minimum wage above the current federal standard failed in Republican-led House panel Wednesday. More>>

Fire destroys Polk Co. home

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A family of four, including two children, is displaced after an early morning house fire in Polk County. More>>

TN Bar Association releases handbook for seniors

The Tennessee Bar Association has released a handbook to help the state's senior citizens better understand things like federal and state benefits and new health care laws. More>>

Paula Deen to open eatery in Pigeon Forge

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The Savannah, GA-based celebrity cook announced Wednesday she's opening a new restaurant, Paula Deen's Kitchen, in Pigeon Forge, TN. More>>

TN health care computer security considered "high risk"

Tennessee was among the more than two-thirds of states rated as "high risk" for security problems related to its computers tapping into the federal health insurance exchange system. More>>

TN House votes to condemn organizers of UT Sex Week

The House has voted to condemn the student organizers of a weeklong program about sex at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. More>>

Lowe's hiring 25,000 seasonal employees

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The length of the seasonal employment varies; however, seasonal employees are most needed in spring and summer months. More>>

2 plead guilty in Nissan fraud scheme

Two California residents have pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder money derived from a scheme to defraud Franklin, Tenn.,-based Nissan North America. More>>

TN Court: Passing field sobriety tests doesn't matter

The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that police may still have grounds to arrest people for DUI even if they pass field sobriety tests. More>>

Gov. Haslam: No interest in running for president in 2016

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Asked if he might be interested in the vice presidency, Haslam said, "I doubt I would be on the A-list of candidates." More>>

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McMinn County man pleads guilty in child porn case; link to deputy revealed

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The recipient of the texted image was not named in the plea agreement, but sources close to the investigation confirmed that he was Matt Blair, McMinn County chief deputy and brother-in-law of Sheriff Joe Guy. More>>

Should Tennessee make the jump to permanently stay on daylight-saving time?

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Federal law allows states to make such decisions as long as the state covers two time zones, as Tennessee does: the Eastern Time Zone in East Tennessee and the Central Time Zone in Middle and West Tennessee. More>>

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Chattanooga couple says they got counterfeit money from the bank

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Ami Risinger, a full-time student, had picked up her student loan reimbursement check and cashed it at BB&T in Ooltewah. More>>

Home Depot to add 80,000 positions for spring season, 60 locally

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Home Depot is one world's largest home improvement retailer, with 2,263 retail stores in all 50 states. More>>

TN Senate passes bill allowing guns in parks

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Gov. Bill Haslam has declared his opposition to the bill, which has yet to come up for a vote in the House committee system. Mayors of the Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga have also opposed the bill.
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So how much snow DID we get?

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The infamous March 13, 1993 Blizzard dropped 20 inches of snow in the Tennessee Valley. Wednesday's snow didn't even come close.
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TN enrollment in health exchange up 65%

Nearly 60,000 Tennesseans signed up for coverage under the federal health insurance exchange through January, a 65 percent increase since the beginning of year. More>>

UPDATE: TDOT continues to salt, plow roads statewide

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The winter storm forced some cities to close roads as a safety precaution for motorists. Officials urge residents in ALL areas to stay off the roads if possible. More>>

Minute by minute: Snow slams the Tennessee Valley

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A substantial snow event has kept some people in the Tennessee Valley at home, and others at work. More>>

TN declares state of emergency due to forecast

The state of Tennessee has declared a state of emergency because of a winter storm that is expected to pound parts of the state with snow and ice. More>>

1,609 flights canceled at Atlanta airport

More than two-thirds of all scheduled flights to and from Atlanta's airport on Wednesday have been canceled. More>>

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Bob Corker urges Chattanooga VW workers to vote against UAW

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The Tennessee Republican said he's not against a works council labor board at the plant, and he noted that factory workers could form their own union if they wished. More>>

Poll: Haslam job approval takes dive

The latest Middle Tennessee State University poll shows Gov. Bill Haslam's job approval has dropped since last spring. More>>

Tips to stay safe and warm in a winter storm

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If your power or heat were interrupted, how would you keep yourself and your family warm and safe? More>>

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Pro-UAW VW workers criticize outside groups

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UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel said that other politicians should follow the lead of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and "respect these workers' right to make up their own minds." More>>

Funding approved for Smokies historical collection site

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The new facility will preserve 422,000 historical artifacts and 450,000 archival records, including photos, records and items from families who lived on the farmsteads of the Southern Appalachians in pre-park days. More>>

UT earns 'Best Value' honors from Princeton Review

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UT distributes more than $23 million in scholarships every year, along with the state's lottery-funded scholarships that close to half of the tuition and fees for in-state students. More>>

Snow melts but problems still linger

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Snow is still causing problems even as it thaws. More>>

TN Senate passes supermarket wine bill 23-8

The state Senate has passed a bill to allow local governments to hold votes on whether to allow wine sales in supermarkets and convenience stores. More>>

Guns bill gets through Senate committee

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Haslam declined to answer a question on whether he might veto the bill, saying it is "still very early in the process, especially in the House." More>>

UPDATE: How are the roads?

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Snowy conditions are making some roadways dangerous for travelers in the Tennessee Valley. More>>

Joyriding in dangerous conditions leads to pile up of vehicles

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol spent Tuesday evening working an accident an accident on Ladd Springs Road. More>>

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TVA power use rises near record high from cold weather

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Today's frigid weather and high demand was the third day this month that TVA's power peak has exceeded 32,000 megawatts. More>>

UPDATE: Teenage victim of violence laid to rest

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Deontrey Southers, 13, was shot inside his E. 50th St. home last week. He died on the way to the hospital. Police haven't charged anyone in the teen's death. More>>

Weston Wamp announces campaign team

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Wamp, son of former U.S. Representative Zack Wamp, was defeated by current Congressman Chuck Fleischmann in the 2012 election. The two will face off again in the 2014 race. More>>

Locals look for help heating homes

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Single digit temperatures have most people cranking up the heat in their homes to stay warm. This is the second arctic blast this month, which is causing utility bills skyrocket. More>>

Haslam has 'major concerns' on guns-in-parks bill

Gov. Bill Haslam has what he calls "major concerns" about a measure supported by fellow Republicans in the Legislature seeking to do away with local government's power to decide whether to allow firearms in public parks. More>>

Supermarket wine bill up for key votes next week

The full Senate is scheduled to vote next week on a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets, while a House committee that killed last year's version is set to consider reviving the measure. More>>

Local vet warns pets must be kept warm as temperatures drop

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As the cold snap continues in the Tennessee Valley, local Veterinarian Dr. Jim Hammond offers some cold weather tips to pet owners. The Northgate Animal Hospital vet said all pets should be kept inside. More>>

UPDATE: TVA asks customers to conserve power

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The TVA says that all available generation sources are being used to meet peak demand during the cold period.
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TN Sen. Stacey Campfield files 'Merry Christmas' bill

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Campfield said last fall he planned legislation to reassure students and staffers they can celebrate Christmas in schools without "fear of lawsuits." More>>

Grocery wine bill negotiations near breakthrough

After years of bitter legislative fights over efforts to allow Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are nearing an agreement that would give the measure its best ever... More>>

U.S. Marshals arrest North Carolina Sex Offender In Polk County

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Suspect failed to register as a sex offender. More>>

Haslam to bring back school voucher bill

Gov. Bill Haslam says he will support a school voucher bill this legislative session and that it will be similar to one he proposed last year. More>>

TN Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Defense Department says a soldier based at Fort Bragg, N.C., has been killed during a mission in Afghanistan. More>>

Flu cases on the rise in the Tennessee valley

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A local Memorial Hospital doctor is urging folks in the Tennessee Valley to get the flu vaccine before its too late. Local hospitals continue to report more and more cases of flu in our area.
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TN bill seeks to ban federal health care law

State Republicans have filed legislation to resist implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law in Tennessee. More>>

TN named the "2013 State of the Year"

Tennessee has been named the "2013 State of the Year" by a national economic development publication. More>>

TN legislature loads up on gun proposals

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The Tennessee Firearms Association backed the original Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act, which says any gun made in Tennessee and kept in Tennessee is not subject to federal gun laws. More>>

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee extends deadline for Obamacare

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BlueCross, one of three health plans under the new exchanges in Tennessee, has garnered the biggest share of the 36,077 Tennesseans who have signed up so far. More>>

Water Boil Advisory in Polk, Fannin Counties

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A boil water advisory is in effect for parts of Polk County, Tennessee and Fannin County, Georgia after a one million gallon a day water leak is discovered at the McCaysville, Georgia water treatment plant that serves both communities. More>>

Boil water advisory Copperhill/McCaysville area

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Boil water advisory in effect for Copperhill/McCaysville area. More>>

At least 11 flu deaths reported in TN

Health officials in Tennessee are urging more people to get vaccinations for the flu after at least 11 people have died from complications of the virus so far this season. More>>

TDOT launches new Yellow DOT program

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The Tennessee Yellow Dot Program is designed to help first responders to auto accidents gather medical information on individuals in minutes. More>>

UPDATE: Fatal accident on Hwy 64 in Polk County

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One person is dead after a head-on collision in Polk County. More>>

UPDATE: Snow blankets parts of Signal Mountain

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The first blast of winter weather for 2014 made its presence known Friday morning, with some snow and some bone-chilling temperatures. More>>

UPDATE: One person dead in rollover accident

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One person was taken to the hospital in critical condition following a wreck in Polk County. More>>

Are you ready for some real winter weather?

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Tonight we will see a few showers ending early and as the cold air filters in some of the light rain showers will turn to snow showers. More>>

Prevailing wage law rescinded as of Jan. 1

As of Jan. 1, most government building projects in Tennessee no longer have to pay the prevailing wage. More>>

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Thousands in Tennessee left out of health care protection

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Twenty-five states, including Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, with mostly Republican political leaders such as Gov. Bill Haslam, opted not to participate in the Medicaid expansion. The expansion is entirely federally funded through 2016. More>>

Here comes winter with a mix of rain, possible snow

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For Thursday some light rain showers will move in and later in the afternoon change over to light snow showers. More>>

Amazon sales tax law starts Jan. 1 for TN residents

A law that could boost the state's revenue is among those taking effect on Jan. 1. More>>

Many TN tax preparers have not renewed ID numbers

Close to half of Tennessee's tax preparers have not yet renewed their preparer tax identification numbers, and the current numbers expire on Tuesday. More>>

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Tennessee lawmakers cool to gun law changes

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A legal opinion issued last spring, Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper said the law could not block employers from firing workers who violate company prohibitions against bringing firearms to work. More>>

Panel: TN improved child abuse investigations

An expert panel tasked with reviewing the Tennessee Department of Children's Services found that the state has taken steps in the past year to improve state investigations into severe child abuse. More>>

TN student charged with Twitter bomb threat

A Tennessee high school student has been suspended and charged after police say he used Twitter to make a bomb threat. More>>

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White House plans Tennessee blitz on Obamacare

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It was unclear whether the release is factoring in Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republicans' in the Tennessee Legislature's turning down the Medicaid expansion, which the state has estimated could impact 180,000 residents. More>>

Deal would create meningitis victims' fund

Attorneys for creditors of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak say they've reached a preliminary settlement that would set up a victim compensation fund worth more than $100 million. More>>

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Wine in grocery stores sparks fight

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Each year, legislators and trade associations have lined up behind either the grocery stores or the liquor stores. Each year the outcome has been the same, and the measure has been defeated. More>>

TDOT to halt highway construction for holidays

The Tennessee Transportation Department is halting highway construction for the busy holiday travel period. More>>

Former TN employee charged with identity theft trafficking

A former state employee is facing a charge of identity theft trafficking. More>>

TN November unemployment rate is 8.1%

Tennessee's unemployment rate for November was 8.1%, four-tenths of one percentage point lower than the previous month. More>>

East TN counties want hog hunting season

At least five counties in East Tennessee are asking state officials to loosen regulations on hunting feral hogs. More>>

Woman killed by train in Polk County

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Before noon Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office received a call of a person struck by a train, south of the York Road crossing in Ocoee. More>>

Piggly Wiggly workers held at gunpoint, search for robber

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The Ducktown Piggly Wiggly is not a place anyone in the town expected a robbery like the one that recently happened. More>>

CDC: Flu season starting a little more normally

Health officials say the flu season seems to be getting off to more normal start this year. More>>

Bird's eye view: crews clean up messy US 64 rock slide

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The clean-up continues after a rock-slide closed part of Highway 64 Labor Day Weekend. Now more than 3 months later, one lane remains closed next to the Ocoee River as TDOT and other crews work.
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UPDATE: Tuesday night earthquake downgraded to 2.8 magnitude

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A minor earthquake hit the southeast part of Tennessee just before 7:00p.m. Tuesday. More>>

Polk county family gets surprise visit from Soldier

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It started as your typical high school basketball game, but by half time one Polk County family got their Christmas wish. More>>

THP reports 8 deaths on Tennessee roads during Thanksgiving holiday

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Eight of the occupants killed were not wearing seat belts; two of the fatalities were from in alcohol-related crashes. More>>

UPDATE: Work to start soon on Highway 64 in Polk Co.

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 The rock slide along the Ocoee River, that shut down part of Highway 64 in Polk County is still causing some delays. It happened a week ago.
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No school for four Polk County schools Monday

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Due to water problems there will be no school Monday at Polk County High, Chilhowee Middle, South Polk Elementary and Benton Elementary. More>>

First responders deliver Thanksgiving gifts to Etowah's elderly

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The Etowah Police Department and Fire Department hand-delivered fruit bags and stuffed animals to two nursing homes in Etowah for the second straight year Tuesday. More>>

State preps roads for winter holiday blast

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Trucks were out spraying the roads with brine in preparation for winter weather that could be hitting the Tennessee Valley this Thanksgiving week. More>>

TN officials links strain of E. coli to animal waste

State officials have confirmed that a strain of E. coli that sickened nine children has been matched to animal waste collected at an East Tennessee dairy farm that sells raw milk. More>>

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Aliens descend on Chattanooga with new Internet service

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Thanks to a new communications satellite launched in 2011, a company named Exede Internet is beaming a message of hope from outer space to those stranded in the Internet wastelands. More>>

Thanksgiving dinners to be served at 8 state parks

Restaurants at eight Tennessee state parks will be open Nov. 28 to serve Thanksgiving dinner. More>>

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TVA pays new CEO $5.9 million, nearly 50% more than predecessor

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Johnson's salary was frozen under the federal pay freeze. But his base salary paid for nine months of work, $712,500, represented only 12% of his total compensation. More>>

Tennessee State Parks offers special winter rates

It's that time of the year again: Tennessee State Parks is offering special winter rates. More>>

Audit critical of company hired to manage TN's assets

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the state has benefited from a company hired to manage its assets, despite a comptroller's report that suggests the company may have benefited from its own advice, creating a conflict of... More>>

Haslam: Committed to improving teacher salaries

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he's committed to improving the salaries of the state's teachers and plans to provide some degree of funding in his proposed budget to start doing so. More>>

UPDATE: Man found dead after Polk Co. fire

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A Polk County family is grieving after a fire takes the life of one man.  Officials say four family members were inside the home when the fire broke out.  All four made it out, when for unknown reasons the man of the house went back inside, and never made it out. More>>

Report provides figures on bullying in schools

A new report shows there were more than 7,500 cases of bullying reported in Tennessee's public schools during the 2012-13 school year. More>>

TBI, local agencies to collect prescription drugs

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement agencies across the state will be collecting unused prescription medications on Saturday. More>>

Nearly 400 TN Labor Department workers furloughed

Nearly 400 state workers in the Tennessee Department of Labor are being furloughed because of the partial federal government shutdown. More>>

ACLU sends letters to Tennessee school superintendents about pre-football game prayer

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The American Civil Liberties Union - Tennessee has sent letters to school administrators to give them legal information regarding school-sponsored prayer at public school football programs.
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Power outage planned in Polk Co.

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Polk County officials have scheduled a brief power outage Wednesday. More>>

Insurance premiums in Tennessee to be among cheapest in healthcare overhaul

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Premiums under the cheapest plan offered in Tennessee would average $181 per month, the third-lowest rate in the country. More>>

TN digitizing 1M pages of historical newspapers

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is adding more than 1 million newspaper pages to its free online collection. More>>

TN voter registration urged on Tuesday

State elections officials nationwide have declared Tuesday National Voters Registration Day to encourage people to register and participate. More>>

Bear sightings increasing in East TN

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Bears are nothing news in the Channel 3 viewing area, but more homes are getting an up-close encounter than ever before.
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VIDEO: Black bear caught on camera in Ducktown

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Multiple viewers have reported spotting black bears in the area, but one Polk County woman caught it on camera. More>>

UPDATE: No charges filed against driver in fatal Hwy 64 crash

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A fatal wreck involving a pickup pulling a boat and a truck shut down a part of Highway 64 in April.
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Man involved in Polk Co. fatal will not be charged

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A man involved in a double fatal crash in Polk County will not be charged. More>>

Wait times still long in TN driver service centers

Although state officials have made improvements in how driver service centers operate, motorists still have long wait times for service. More>>

UPDATE: One lane of U.S. 64 now open as TDOT cleans rock slide

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The rockslide is in the same area where the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) installed a rockfall fence following a rockslide that occurred in January 2010. More>>

Polk Co. man says landlord conned him out of money and apartment

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A Polk County man says he was conned out of money and an apartment by his landlord. He's the latest of several renters who claim problems with the same man. More>>

Police crack down on dangerous driving in Hands Across the Border

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State Troopers and police are cracking down on dangerous driving this Labor Day weekend. Agencies from six states, including Tennessee and Georgia, team up for Hands Across the Border. More>>

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Twin fatalities over weekend bring scrutiny to conditions on Ocoee River

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The Ocoee rafting community is trying to figure out how two women died on the river within 24 hours, under nearly identical circumstances. More>>

UPDATE: Ocoee rafting victims identified

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Emergency crews responded to two rafting accidents this weekend on the Ocoee River, both resulting in fatalities. More>>

UPDATE: Atlanta woman dies on Ocoee River

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An Atlanta woman died Saturday while rafting on the Ocoee River. More>>

TDOT Construction projects in eastern Tennessee

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You can also check traffic conditions and road construction with the WRCB Traffic app for your iPhone, iPad or Android device. More>>

Swift water rescue class gives responders first hand experience

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The Hamilton County STARS rescue team got real experience in a swift water rescue class. More>>

TN Wilderness Act designates 20k acres of Cherokee National Forest

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Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013 Monday.
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Ducktown wins TN transportation grant

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The grant will provide funding for new sidewalks, crosswalks, street lighting and landscaping. More>>

THP cites 14% traffic fatality decline

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says traffic fatalities on state roadways have declined nearly 14 percent for the first six months of 2013, compared with the same period last year. More>>

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Cool, rainy spring boosts river flow, but cuts flow of whitewater rafters on the Ocoee River

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What nature gives with one hand, it takes away with another. More>>

Dayton Angler Neal juggles FLW Tour, school and business

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Rhea county's Michael Neal has mastered the art of juggling. At 21-years-old he runs and operates the Dayton Boat Dock which is hosting this weekend's FLW fishing tournament on Chickamauga Lake.
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Local Fishing Tackle taking off with FLW

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It started as a challenge between a Tennessee fishing pro and his wife to make better fishing tackle.
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Polk Co. man charged with attempted murder after shooting

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A Polk County man faces attempted murder charges after a shooting in Etowah. More>>

Wilderness Medicine a must to play outdoors

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As summer starts, many of us will be spending more time outdoors. From falls, to snake bites, there are dangers out there. There's also a right and a wrong way to treat injuries. More>>

$2,700 in court fees stolen from Polk County courts

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The investigation was conducted by the Comptroller's Division of Investigations and the Polk County Sheriff's Department for the 2012 calendar year. More>>

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STUDY: Ocoee whitewater pumps $43.8 million into local economy

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UT's Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management conducted the study in partnership with the Ocoee River Outfitters Association and America Outdoors Association. More>>

Bond set in triple murder case in Polk County

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Bond is set for a man accused of killing three people in Polk County. More>>

Bond set for triple murder suspect

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Bond has been set for a man accused of killing three people in Polk County. More>>

Storms clear, but threat of flooding remains

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Showers and storms should end by around sunset this Sunday evening. Please be aware that even after storms are gone some roads/intersections may remain under water from flash flooding. More>>

Weather related road problems

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List of road problems across Tennessee Valley More>>

Polk County High stresses academics and career education

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Polk County High School is putting in extra effort to prepare graduating seniors for the challenges that await after they earn their diplomas. More>>

Governor declares April 15-19 Work Zone Awareness week

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Governor Bill Haslam announced Monday that April 15 through 19 will be Work Zone Awareness week. More>>

Polk Co. emergency responders battle structure fire

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Polk County emergency responded to a structure fire in the 400 block of Highway 123. More>>

Benton man pleads guilty to TVA thefts

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A Benton man pleaded guilty to stealing more than $10,000 in property from TVA. More>>

UPDATE: Fire breaks out at former TN Chemical Plant

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Crews responded to a structure fire at Copperhill Industries Thursday morning. More>>

How cold was January?

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According to the TVA, five of the top 10 energy needs days in the provider's history were in January of 2014. More>>

TN couple charged after girl dies from drinking soda

An East Tennessee couple is charged with murder in the death of the man's 5-year-old daughter after an autopsy revealed the girl died from being forced to drink more than 2 liters of grape soda and water. More>>

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