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“National Park Week” starts April 19

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Spring is one of the best times to visit most National Parks as the wildflowers are starting to bloom and dot the landscape. More>>

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TVA May power bills to drop from April; but up 4.2% from last year

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TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said TVA's cheapest power source -- the rain-fed reservoirs that supply water for TVA's 29 power-generating dams -- was 43 percent below forecast during March due to below normal rainfall and runoff. More>>

Governor signs bill ending forced Annexation and giving Tennesseans right to vote

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A piece of state legislation known as "HB 2371/SB2464" has been signed by Governor Haslam. More>>

TN House passes bill to allow electric chair for executions

The House has passed a bill to allow the state to electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. More>>

Bill passes that would help TN felons get jobs

The state legislature has passed a bill that may make it easier for some felons who have turned their lives around to find a job. More>>

Overdose of pain patches results in 2 deaths

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Three are dead in Athens after drug overdoses, however police tell us two of the deaths resulted from using pain patches inappropriately. More>>

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>>

Thieves take close to $250,000 worth of copper from Calhoun, TN plant Video included

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The thieves were caught in the act stealing hundreds and hundreds of feet of heavy, industrial copper wiring from the plant in Calhoun. 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>>

UPDATE: Athens theft causes problems for home rebuild Video included

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Athens police are looking for two suspects connected with a theft took place over the weekend on Anton Street.  The theft is causing some problems for a local building company. More>>

Woman runs over boyfriend

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An Athens woman was arrested after reportedly pulling her boyfriend out of his car and then running him over with a vehicle during a fight. 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>>

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>>

Lower River Road near Charleston closed after 18-wheeler accident

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The road will be closed from the 1700 block to the 2300 block, which is near the Candies Creek Wildlife Management Area. 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>>

McMinn Co. man's excuse for reckless endangerment: "I was drunk and being stupid"

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A McMinn County man faces a reckless endangerment charges as well as other charges after firing shots while riding down a road in Athens. 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>>

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>>

The USDA takes measures to control the feral hog population in East Tennessee

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The Agriculture Department began running controlled operations with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency aimed at controlling the feral hog population in the area. 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>>

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>>

Man arrested after leading police on short chase

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A McMinn County man has landed himself in handcuffs after reportedly jumping out of a moving car, then trying to hide from police in the woods. 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>>

Athens' Ingleside Elem. wins $5K, School of Promise Award

Dr. Gary Stark and Ingleside Elem. Principal Debbie Harrison Dr. Gary Stark and Ingleside Elem. Principal Debbie Harrison
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Ingleside Elementary School, an Athens City School, has won a national award, including a check for $5,000.
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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>>

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72-year-old man details alleged beating by McMinn County, TN police officers

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A 72-year-old man who alleges two McMinn County, Tenn., officers beat him told jurors in federal court Monday that the two men stomped on one of his legs
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UPDATE: Man dies after being shot by his uncle

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The shooting is a result of a verbal altercation between a nephew and his uncle. More>>

Athens police see possible trend in stolen trucks

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Police in Athens need your help catching the suspects in similar car theft cases.  One of the crimes was caught on tape. More>>

Athens police searching for TV thieves

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Police in Athens are looking for three men they say just walked out of Walmart with two large-screen televisions. More>>

Apparent murder-suicide involves two elderly relatives

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Two people are dead after an apparent murder suicide in McMinn County.McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy is calling it a tragic situation involving two elderly people in the same family.  More>>

McMinn Co. Sheriff Deputies investigate apparent murder-suicide

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McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy reports that his officers continue to investigate a possible homicide-suicide incident that occurred late yesterday. More>>

Calhoun looks at beer sales for increased revenue

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As Calhoun leaders look for revenue sources, beer sales is being thrown out as an option and not everyone likes the idea. More>>

Future of a city's only traffic light up in the air

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The traffic light at the intersection of Willson Street and Burn Road in Niota, Tennessee, was installed in the early 1980s. It's the first, and to this day the only light in the town of around 750 people. More>>

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>>

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>>

UPDATE: Fatal crash closes portion of Hwy 307 in McMinn County

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One person is dead after a wreck in McMinn County. More>>

UPDATE: Dalton man still missing, family still searching

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Police are asking for help locating a man that has been missing from North Georgia since Sunday. Michael "Paw" Franks hasn't contacted his family since. 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>>

City of Englewood searches for new police chief

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Englewood's police chief resigns after 16 years on the force. More>>

Elderly driver hit by train in Athens: "I didn't see a thing"

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A train collides with a pickup truck Monday morning in Athens. The driver of the truck, Warren H. King, 70, walked away with just a cut and some bruises after his truck was pushed nearly 50 feet down the tracks.
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UPDATE: Striker teens to be released from hospital soon

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After being shot several times by their father, the Striker teens are released from the hospital. More>>

Train versus truck in Athens

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A man walks away with minor injuries after being hit by a train. 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>>

Woman arrested for robbing husband

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An Athens man was allegedly beaten and robbed by his wife and two strangers Wednesday. More>>

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TVA orders new generator before unit is completed

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Critics of nuclear power said the equipment purchase will add to the growing bill of the Unit 2 reactor, which TVA started building 40 years ago. 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>>

Neighbor who helped Striker teens describes what happened

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A neighbor to the Striker Winery tells Channel 3 he has known the two teenage victims for over a decade and after learning they'd been shot, he wasted no time rushing them to the hospital. 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>>

Athens Middle teacher Kevin Winters wins $25,000 Milken Award

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Kevin Winters of Athens Middle School, was awarded $25,000 in a surprise assembly today from the Milken Foundation.  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>>

Students at Ingleside hold Olympic opening ceremony

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It seems like everyone is in the Olympics spirit, and that includes Tennessee Valley students. More>>

Victim of robbery arrested for being a part of that robbery

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An Etowah woman posing as a victim of a recent robbery was arrested as an accomplice to the crime.
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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>>

101-year-old Chattanoogan defies the odds, exercises every day

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Leta Tolbert walks for an hour inside a church she helped build more than 60 years ago. Now, she's 101 and still walking. More>>

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Chattanooga area businessman pleads guilty to drugging, taking explicit photos of underage girls

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The two charges Hayes pleaded guilty to carry a maximum 60 years in prison combined, and up to $2.25 million in fines combined. More>>

Man tries to disguise himself, but still gets caught by police

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A burglar caught red-handed tried to trick police with a disguise, but wound up behind bars in McMinn County. More>>

Man believes illegally dumped tires in McMinn Co. belong to him

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A local man is coming forward to claim ownership of the tires leading to an eyesore in McMinn County. More>>

Second arrest made in UTC burglary

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The second person involved in the UTC burglary, back in November, has been caught in Athens, Tennessee.    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>>

Teacher arrested, allegedly drunk and wearing women's lingerie

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The teacher was found passed out, about 50 yards away from his Mercedes with a 2-liter bottle of vodka on his person. During his booking, he was found to be wearing pink panties and a tan bra padded with falsies under his clothes. 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>>

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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>>

Robbery suspect turns self in to police

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A man wanted for armed robbery turned himself in to authorities Friday afternoon. More>>

Three people arrested for stealing items from quarantined house in Athens

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McMinn County deputies arrested three people for looting a house that had been quarantined after a meth bust. More>>

Hundreds of tires illegally dumped across McMinn County

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Massive piles of tires are showing up across McMinn County. More than 500 tires were recovered Monday.
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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>>

Hundreds of tires illegally dumped in McMinn County

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Authorities are searching for the parties responsible for dumping hundreds of tires illegally in McMinn County. More>>

Etowah man behind bars for attempted murder

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An Etowah man is behind bars, while an Athens man clings to his life in the hospital. 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>>

Man wanted for armed robbery at apartment complex

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Athens police are searching for an armed robbery suspect. 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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Pocket dialing leads to arrest

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An accidental pocket dial lands five people in Athens in jail on meth charges. More>>

Athens Police looking for robbery suspect

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The Athens City Police Department are asking for the public's help locating a robbery suspect. More>>

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>>

8 TN historic places added to national register

Eight Tennessee sites spanning the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. 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>>

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>>

Police looking for man who cleaned out motel room

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A man is wanted in connection with items stolen from a hotel room. 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>>

McMinn Co. man fatally shot by nephew

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McMinn Co Sheriff Joe Guy reported today that Bobby Ghorley, 49, of Walker St in Athens has died from a gunshot wound inflicted by his nephew, William Goins, 27, at Goins' residence on County Road 213. More>>

More manufacturing jobs coming to McMinn Co.

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More than a hundred new jobs are coming to McMinn County. The county's largest employer, DENSO Manufacturing, announced Tuesday its investing $55 million to expand the auto supplier and add to its workforce in Athens. More>>

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Denso expands Athens plant, adds 130 jobs

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The Japanese-based automotive supplier announced today that it will expand its Athens complex again this year, in addition to the $50 million expansion that added 130 jobs last year. More>>

Prosecutor censured by Tenn. high court

A prosecutor in the 10th Judicial district has been censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court. More>>

Son charged, dad on the run, after charged with stealing a car

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In Athens, the search continues for a man, police say stole a car off the side of the interstate, then, with help from his son, tried to sell it to a local salvage yard. More>>

McMinn Co home listed on National Register of Historic Places

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Eight sites in Tennessee have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. More>>

McMinn County man charged with assaulting dentist

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A McMinn County man is facing charges after allegedly assaulting a local dentist. More>>

UPDATE The Wienermobile hits Chattanooga this weekend

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The Oscar Mayer Hotdoggers (the folks who get to drive the Wienermobile) are stopping
in the Tennessee Valley this weekend with the legendary vehicle.
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Cavern of comfort in Tennessee

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The temperature inside the Sweetwater cavern rests at 58 degrees Fahrenheit ever day of the year. 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: 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>>

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>>

After kicking cat "like a soccer ball," Athens man charged with animal cruelty

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A person in the home told police that Roberson carried the cat outside, but her never witnessed him kicking the animal. 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>>

THP to have "No Refusal" campaign New Year's holiday

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The "No Refusal" legislation allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. 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>>

DNA match nabs two-time burglar

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When Athens, Tennessee police arrested Dennis Michael Falls in September, 2010 for robbing the Jiffy 7 til 11 convenience store on Eastanallee Avenue, they had no idea yet they could connect him to two burglaries a year earlier. 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>>

Hobbit house broken in to

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The Hobbit house in McMinn County was broken in to, but nothing was taken. 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>>

Athens Police on the lookout for car thieves

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Athens police are on the lookout for four men suspected of stealing a car. More>>

McMinn County's Jill Pierce wins international education honor

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McMinn county educator Jill Pierce has been chosen to take part in Microsoft's Expert Educator program. More>>

Athens Police looking for suspect in rash of auto break-ins

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Residents of an apartment complex in Athens are worried about a recent rash of vehicle break-ins. More>>

College Board honors McMinn County Schools

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McMinn County Schools are honored by the College Board. 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>>

Witnesses say Etowah shooting "happened fast"

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The man in an officer-involved shooting in Etowah has died. The suspect was identified as David Greenwood, 49, who ran from police after a traffic stop Monday night. More>>

UPDATE: Wanted man shot by Etowah police officer dies

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The victim in an officer involved shooting in Etowah has passed away. 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>>

Beer and liquor sales may soon come to Calhoun in McMinn Co.

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In Monday night's meeting, the idea to legalize alcohol and liquor sales came up, in an effort to increase city funds. 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>>

Woman arrested for leaving child behind in parking lot

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A woman was arrested Tuesday after allegedly driving off and leaving her child alone in a parking lot. More>>

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