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Dozens of employers taking part in summer job fair

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Around 40 employers will take part in a summer job fair in McMinn County. More>>

Sales Tax Holiday this weekend for TN, GA, AL

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States allow purchases (with limitations) without collecting sales tax, easing the financial burden of parents. More>>

Tax free weekend is August 1st-3rd

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If you need to do some back-to-school shopping this is the weekend to do it.It's tax-free weekend for both Tennessee and Georgia. More>>

Auto supplier for VW to bring jobs to McMinn County Video included

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The promise of the new CrossBlue being built in Chattanooga brings with it the promise of new jobs not only at the VW plant, but also area auto supply companies. More>>

Scammers in McMinn County using county officials' names

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In McMinn County another old scam resurfacing has the scammers impersonating law enforcement.
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UPDATE: EF-3 tornado touched down in north TN

Authorities say powerful storms crossing east Tennessee have destroyed 10 homes and damaged others, though there are no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries. More>>

Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

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Family Dollar has struggled and has attempted to reinvigorate sales by lowering prices on almost 1,000 basic items. More>>

TN has 760 of the children crossing into US

Tennessee has received about 2.5 percent of the unaccompanied children crossing into the United States. More>>

Tennesseans to share $10 million in refunds

More than 336,000 Tennessee residents will split $10 million in refunds from health insurance companies because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Police searching for information on missing woman

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Thirty-year-old Elizabeth Brooke Roberts was last seen Monday at her job at the Harpers Point Luxury Apartments in Murfreesboro. More>>

Hitting the airwaves: Sides in debate over justices dial up TV, radio ads

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Tennesseans for Fair Courts declared in a news release it has put an ad online to defend the justices against “extremist attacks” and plans to soon begin airing it on TV today in Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga. More>>

THP to begin taking cadet applications on July 30

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will start accepting applications for its new trooper cadet class on July 30. More>>

More early voters are heading to the polls in Tennessee

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Early voting in Tennessee has been going on for the past four days. The number of residents voting this year across the state has increased from 4 years ago.
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'Guns are Welcome' signs posted at Tennessee restaurant

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One Tennessee restaurant owner is making her opinion very clear by posting a 'Guns are Welcome' sign on the front door of her family-friendly establishment. More>>

TONIGHT: US House District 3 candidates face off in forum

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Channel 3 Anchor Cindy Sexton will moderate a forum with the candidates at 6:30pm in the Roland Hayes Auditorium at UTC. More>>

Groups want multi-state trails in TN, KY and VA

Several groups on the Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia borders want to connect the trial systems in the area and create one large trail in an effort to draw more adventure tourism into the area. More>>

Two Monroe County inmates escape

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Two inmates from the Monroe County Jail in east Tennessee are on the run. More>>

Early voting underway Friday for Tenn. primary

Early voting is getting underway for Tennessee's primary election that features tea party-style challenges to Lamar Alexander's bid for the Republican nomination to a third term in the U.S. Senate. More>>

TBI charges 3 with July 4 slaying Video included

Three people have been arrested and charged with killing a 20-year-old McMinn County man and burglarizing a home earlier this month. More>>

Tennessee women float from GA to SC island

Two Tennessee women are safe after a storm blew their paddleboards from a Georgia island to a South Carolina island. More>>

Report: FBI quizzing people about meningitis

FBI agents have been interviewing Tennessee residents sickened or widowed by fungal meningitis as part of a criminal probe into the outbreak that sickened 751 people nationwide with 64 deaths. More>>

Tourism department presents new Tennessee logo

Tennessee's tourism agency has a new logo and ad campaign aimed to spark travelers' interest in a vacation that can only be made in Tennessee. More>>

TN road projects could face cuts in August

Tennessee has funding for 13 road-widening projects totaling more than $200 million waiting on whether Congress refreshes the federal Highway Trust Fund in August. More>>

New SUV could boost local supplier jobs Video included

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Local suppliers are beaming VW officials gave the green light to build the CrossBlue in the Scenic City. More>>

First Chattanooga Passat owner aims to be first CrossBlue owner Video included

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Southside resident Ellen Hays remembers the excitement that lead up to the day she was handed keys to her brand new Passat. More>>

New SUV brings hope for students’ job opportunities Video included

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Volkswagen's new CrossBlue SUV is bringing a lot of hope to the futures of local students, especially when it comes to jobs. That includes Chattanooga State Community College's partnership with the Volkswagen Academy.  More>>

VW to add planning center for Chattanooga Video included

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Volkswagen officials announced that 200 new engineering jobs will be coming to the Chattanooga plant as part of a National Research Development and Planning Center, in a news conference in Wolfsburg, Germany Monday morning. More>>

MAU hiring for automotive-related positions

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MAU Workforce Solutions is hiring to fill multiple positions in Chattanooga. More>>

7-year-old boy helps shelter dogs by making treats Video included

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Elijah Krahn and his mother are from west-Knoxville but travel down to McMinn County once a week to volunteer at the humane society. Elijah wanted to know what happened to the dogs that didn't get adopted and when his mother gave him the answer, he decided to change it. This little boy has big plans for these dogs and those plans don’t involve a shelter.
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Blood Assurance in need of O- blood

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Know your blood type? If you are O-, Blood Assurance is looking for you. More>>

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New TN law allows gun owners without permits to keep loaded firearms in vehicle

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Tennessee gun owners may now legally keep loaded firearms in their vehicles even if they don't have a state-issued handgun-carry permit.
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July 4th holiday period sees record low traffic fatalities

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol saw a decline in traffic fatalities during the July 4th holiday period.
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Athens man charged in machete attack

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A man in Athens was arrested for attacking another man with a machete. More>>

Haslam to talk with new US health secretary

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Gov. Bill Haslam is expressing hope that a planned discussion with the nation's new health secretary during the National Governors Association meeting in Nashville this week might rekindle talks over his plan for Medicaid expansion in Tennessee. More>>

Roll out the barrel: Jack Daniel open new AL cooperage to make famous barrels

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The maker of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey opened a new cooperage in Alabama to supply its distillery with the American white oak barrels that are toasted and charred to give the spirit its distinctive flavor and color. More>>

THP stresses safety over July 4 holiday period Video included

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is taking steps to ensure motorists drive safely during this Fourth of July holiday period. More>>

Feeding black bears close trails in Smoky Mountains

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Gregory Bald, one of the most visited high elevation meadows in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has been temporarily closed due to a high number of bears feeding on wild cherries at the site. More>>

It’s part of the law which gives communities the chance to vote on whether grocery stores can sell wine.

New law brings low gravity beer inside liquor stores Video included

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An important new month, new laws are taking effect across the state.  Among them is a change for stores that could make shopping for some easier.
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Man electrocuted during grain transfer

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The victim was unloading grain into a silo at a farm on McMinn County Road 609 when he was electrocuted Wednesday morning.
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Tennessee apologizes for Trail of Tears

Tennessee lawmakers have apologized to the Cherokee Nation for actions taken by President Andrew Jackson that forced up to 16,000 Cherokees off Tennessee lands 175 years ago. More>>

Athens police searching for dangerous woman Video included

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Athens Police need help finding a violent woman on the loose. Police say Tammie Castro of Athens is stealing from people throughout the area, and even threatening some with a 6-inch knife. More>>

New laws dealing with pregnancy and also DUI begin July 1st

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There are quite a few new laws that begin July 1st.  Two dealing with DUI and another dealing with pregnancy.
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Anti-meth law among those taking effect July 1 in TN

A law limiting the purchase of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine is among those taking effect on July 1. More>>

THP increases visibility during July Fourth weekend

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a high-visibility enforcement campaign during this year’s Fourth of July holiday period. More>>

UPDATE: Cleveland police arrest man in connection to overnight shooting

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Cleveland police have arrested Garrett Hooper in connection to a shooting on Freewill Road that sent one person to the hospital.
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TN high school students see gain in TCAP scores

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The Education Department said in April that the scores would be delayed because of a change in assessments but decided to release them after experts signed off on the validity and accuracy of the results. More>>

UPDATE: Police looking for armed robber who shot clerk Video included

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Convenience store employees that work near Lee Highway say they are on edge after an armed robbery Sunday night landed one of their own in the hospital.  More>>

Flash flood warnings issued for TN and GA

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With a seeming constant cycle of afternoon rains, the possibility of some localized flooding exists for the Channel 3 viewing area. More>>

Haslam signs agreement to protect dairy industry

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease. More>>

Free HIV testing at Walgreens through Saturday

Several Walgreens locations across Tennessee are offering free HIV testing through Saturday. More>>

Detectives looking for mailbox thieves Video included

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Detectives in McMinn County are searching for three women they say are involved in a fraud ring.  The sheriff's office says they've been stealing from mailboxes. More>>

UPDATED: Chattanooga police investigate 7th shooting since Friday Video included

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Chattanooga police are now investigating the Scenic City's seventh shooting since Friday. Two of those shootings have been ruled homicides. Police responded to a report of a person shot near the 1200 block of E. 38th Street early this morning.
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McMinn Co. man in trouble for hiding in a closet of a house where he didn't belong

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A McMinn County man is in trouble with the law, again, after he was reportedly found hiding in a closet, in a house where he didn't belong. More>>

Convicted rapist accused of preying again

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A 53-year-old Chattanooga violent sex offender is accused of brutally raping a 24-year-old woman inside a vacant house. Willie James Bradley faces two counts of aggravated rape and false imprisonment.
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Cleveland State gets accreditation warning

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Cleveland State Community College's accrediting organization has warned the school in a yearlong sanction for failure to comply with requirements.
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'Rocky Top' music publisher gets appeal for town re-naming

The publisher of the bluegrass standard "Rocky Top" is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a request to stop the East Tennessee town of Lake City from trying to cash in on the song's fame. More>>

Peyton Manning will be Athens Chamber 2015 speaker

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Former University of Tennessee football player and Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning  will be the Athens Chamber of Commerce 2015 speaker for the 9th Annual Benefit Dinner. More>>

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TN mother, boyfriend get 20 years for pimping her teen daughter

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Investigators said the mother was accused with having sex with the girl, both alone and with the other men, and providing drugs and alcohol to her daughter, who was 13 and 14 years old at the time. More>>

McMinn County woman faces charges for DUI with children in car

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A woman with two young children in her car was arrested for DUI in McMinn County. More>>

Athens dog grooming business broken into

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Athens Police are searching for a suspect who broke in to a business and made off with a large sum of cash.
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Police: Suspected armed purse snatcher nabbed

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A 28-year-old Chattanooga man is accused of robbing a woman of her purse at gunpoint before running a block away.
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UPDATE: UT trustees approve 6% tuition hike

Some Tennessee college students could see a nearly 9% hike in tuition this fall. More>>

Chikungunya virus in Hamilton County?

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The Health Department is investigating suspected cases of chikungunya in Hamilton County in people who recently traveled to the Caribbean.
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Man robs "Check Into Cash" store in Athens

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Police in Athens are searching for a man who robbed a local "Check Into Cash" store at gun point. More>>

TN Gov. Haslam's weeklong Asia trip shrouded in secrecy

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's public schedule carried a notice that he would be in Asia this week on an economic development trip. More>>

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