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International Relations
5:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Iran Expert Sees Little Change In Tensions Between Washington and Tehran

Haleh Esfandiari knows the tense relationship between the United States and Iran from both sides. She’s an Iranian native that holds citizenship in both countries, and she established the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

In 2007, Esfandiari was jailed for more than 100 days as Iranian officials interrogated her about her work in academia. She was released only after her 93-year-old mother turned over the deed to her apartment to authorities in Tehran.

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Donnie Tyndall
5:06 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

New UT Basketball Coach Promises Clean Program, Committed Students

For University of Tennessee sports fans weary of an athletic program plagued by NCAA violations and player arrests in recent years, Donnie Tyndall’s words must have come as some measure of comfort.

“Our guys will handle themselves in the community in a first-class manner,” Tyndall proclaimed at Tuesday’s press conference, during which he was introduced as the next head coach of the men’s basketball team.  “We’re not going to have thugs, we’re not going to have renegades as part of our program.  It won’t happen on my watch.”

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Crime and the Justice System
4:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Hearings Set For Grainger County Jail Employees

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Four former Grainger County Sheriff’s Office employees charged with misconduct will begin appearing for hearings next month. Charges vary from theft to allowing inmates to escape.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Jacob Layel stole cash while searching cells for contraband. Layel is the son of Sheriff Scott Layel and a former patrol deputy.

Tyler Farrow was indicted for having knowledge of inmates with contraband and for refraining from performing his duties.

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Dialogue
1:19 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Dialogue: Social Media, Your Job & You

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With so much tweeting, posting, pinning and snap-chatting going on these days, it might be wise to step back and look at how that all that very public information reflects on you--- and your employer.  How much say does your boss have in what you do on-line?  Knoxville attorney Chris McCarty advises companies and individuals about their social media rights and he'll take your questions on our next segment of Dialogue, Wednesday May 7 at 1:00 p.m. 

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Labor
6:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

With UAW Complaint Withdrawn, Tennessee Politicians Try For VW Expansion

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee)
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Tennessee's junior Senator and the mayor of Chattanooga appear eager to put a labor dispute behind them and resume a bid to enlarge Hamilton County's Volkswagen plant.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke issued statements within hours of Monday's announcement that the United Auto Workers union withdrew its labor complaint against state and federal officials over alleged political interference in a February union vote. UAW said Corker, along with Gov. Bill Haslam and others, inappropriately meddled to sway the Volkswagen vote against the union.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
3:30 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

New Legislation Gives Morgan County Chance To Develop Former Prison

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The now-closed Brushy Mountain State Prison could see new life from new state legislation.

The state decommissioned the prison in Morgan County five years ago. Now, new legislation gives the county the chance to develop the retired prison, in a plan that includes a distillery, gift shops, and horse stables.

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Labor
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Federal Labor Board To Hear UAW Complaint On Chattanooga VW Vote

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Today, a judge with the National Labor Relations Board will convene a hearing in Chattanooga that will determine whether or not political opposition to the United Auto Workers union swayed a vote at the city's Volkswagen plant.

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
3:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Legislative News: Pseudoephedrine Limits / State Execution Method

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The Tennessee House and Senate continue to disagree on legislation that puts annual limits on purchases of cold and allergy medications.

At the beginning of the session, Governor Bill Haslam introduced a proposal to tighten annual limits on purchases of those medications, which contain pseudoephedrine and can be used to make methamphetamine.

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Labor
6:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

U.S. House Democrats Open Inquiry Into Chattanooga VW Union Vote

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The Haslam administration's role in opposing unionization at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant is at the center of an inquiry launched by Democrats in the U.S. House.

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Pilot Investigation
5:50 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

One Year On, Still Unanswered Questions In Pilot Probe

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

A year ago this week, federal agents from the FBI and the IRS raided the Knoxville headquarters of the nation’s largest truck stop chain. It soon became known that Pilot Flying J was being investigated for a long-running rebate fraud scheme that may have cheated many of the company’s commercial clients out of millions of dollars.

To date, ten Pilot employees have pleaded guilty in connection with the rebate fraud, and the company is still working to burnish its public image. And the federal investigation continues.

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