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6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Early Voting For August Election Begins Today

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It's that time again. Primaries for many local offices were held in May, and the general election for many state and federal offices comes in November. In between is the August 7 primary, in which the Democratic and Republican parties will hold primaries for their state and federal candidates. Early voting for that primary begins today.

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Affordable Care Act
4:26 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Insurance Exchange Customers In TN Could See Double-Digit Increase

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 (NOTE:  This article was updated 7.18.14 to include Humana's request for an increase)

 Knoxvillians who chose to purchase their health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are currently paying some of the lowest premiums in the country.   But those rates may soon be going up.

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Prescription Drug Abuse
4:30 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Prescription Drug Campaign Makes Stop In Knoxville Today

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A state-sponsored effort to address Tennessee’s spiraling rate of prescription drug abuse comes to East Tennessee today as part of a statewide tour.  Tennessee’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Doug Varney and other addiction experts have been traveling the state this summer to draw attention to what they’re calling an “epidemic”, while highlighting specific strategies designed to bring it under control. 

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Economics
5:50 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

UT's Joe Carcello Plans To Work For Investors On SEC Panel

University of Tennessee professor Joe Carcello.
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Chances are pretty good that you are an investor. Even if you don’t own any stocks yourself, your employer probably does. Your retirement fund probably does. Even if you never glance at the Dow Jones average, you are an investor. And it’s you that Joe Carcello thinks about when he helps make recommendations designed to make sure your portfolio, stocks or mutual funds get a fair shake on Wall Street.

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Tennessee Military
4:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Tennessee National Guard Members In Bulgaria

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Members of the Tennessee National Guard are in Bulgaria for several weeks as part of the State Partnership Program (SPP).

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Tennessee Transportation
4:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Study Of Rural Roads Finds Tennessee Needs Overhaul

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A study of America's non-interstate rural roads ranks Tennessee high for fatal accidents and travel fatality rate on rural roads.

Tennessee is among the top 11 states for fatal accidents on rural roads. The state also ranks in the top 6 in the US for fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled.

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Pilot Investigation
6:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Pilot Reaches Settlement With Federal Prosecutors

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The nation's largest truck stop chain will pay the federal government $92 million over two years and cooperate in a criminal investigation, according to the terms of a settlement reached between Pilot and federal prosecutors on Monday.

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NGA Summer Meeting 2014
9:04 am
Mon July 14, 2014

National Governors Association Wraps Up 2014 Meeting

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The annual three-day meeting of the National Governors Association ended yesterday.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam hosted governors from all over the nation. The focus of discussions was limited to collecting state taxes on Internet sales; the Marketplace Fairness Act that’s pending before Congress would authorize states to collect sales tax on online sales. Tennessee US Senator Lamar Alexander said the issue is expected in the US House in the next few weeks.

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Wine in Stores
4:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

East Tennessee Communities Lead Wine Charge

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Six Tennessee communities have collected enough petition signatures to place wine referenda on their respective ballots in November.

All six are in East Tennessee.

According to the advocacy group Red, White and Food, residents of Clinton, Morristown, Church Hill, Rogersville, Loudon and Newport have all collected the minimum number of signatures required to force a ballot referendum on whether their local grocery stores should be able to offer wine. 

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Special Events
7:37 am
Fri July 11, 2014

National Senior Spelling Bee In Knoxville

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This weekend, Knoxville will host the National Senior Spelling Bee

The National Senior Spelling Bee was held for 18 years in Cheyenne, Wyoming, but the competition is now coming to Knoxville. More than 20 people will compete tomorrow at the Knoxville Convention Center.

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