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History
5:50 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

2013 Bad Year For Historic Preservation, Says Knoxville's "Secret" Historian

“Was it just bad luck, that year of ’13? It was the worst year for historic preservation in my reporting career, and it somehow packed a few fresh disappointments about long-anticipated new projects.”

The words of MetroPulse "Secret History" columnist Jack Neely. For someone as dedicated to Knoxville’s history as Jack, 2013 was not a good year. Historic buildings were demolished to make way for parking lots, apartments, or in some cases, nothing but plans on a drawing board.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Haslam Backs Limits On Pseudoephedrine

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Today, Governor Bill Haslam announced his support for legislation that is intended to make it harder to create methamphetamine.

The proposal calls for reducing the amount of pseudoephedrine a customer can purchase without a prescription. The chemical is found in many over-the-counter cold medications. But it's also a chief ingredient of homemade meth.

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TN Department of Correction
4:00 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

TN Senate Committee Asks For Review of Correction Plan

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A Tennessee state Senate committee wants to hold off on a partnership that would look for ways to reduce the state’s prison population.

The Tennessean newspaper reports the number of inmates in Tennessee state prisons or local jails has grown from about 25,000 to more than 30,000 since 2003. Officials with Tennessee’s Department of Correction expect another 2,500 prisoners in the system by 2018.

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Election 2014
4:30 am
Wed January 15, 2014

New Program Designed To Make Sense Of Judicial Ballot

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

Every eight years, appellate court judges in Tennessee are required to run for re-election. Because the eight-year cycle ends in 2014, this year’s ballot will contain a long list of justices and judges.  For the typical voter, many of those names will be unfamiliar. 

That’s why Tennessee will be one of only eight states to participate in a campaign called Informed Voters—Fair Judges, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges and the League of Women Voters.

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Education / Legislature
4:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Lobbying Organization Releases State-By-State Education Report Card

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An education report card released today by a lobbying group gave Tennessee a higher score than last year. 

StudentsFirst released its 2014 report card today, giving Tennessee a C grade. That’s up from a C- last year, and puts Tennessee sixth among all states.

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Law
6:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Federal Judge Dismisses Racketeering Claim Against Pilot

A federal district judge in Alabama threw out several claims contained in a lawsuit against Pilot Flying J, including racketeering. 

U.S. District Judge William Steele ruled the federal affidavit cited by Mobile, Ala.,-based Wright Transportation was not sufficient proof of the racketeering claim. He dismissed the claim, along with those alleging deceptive trade practices, misrepresentation and suppression.

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3rd Congressional District
4:38 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Weston Wamp To Challenge Fleischmann Again

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The 2012 Republican primary for Tennessee's 3rd district seat provided one of the more intriguing races of the year.  After wrapping up his freshman term in Congress, Chuck Fleischmann faced a challenge from a host of GOP contenders, including Mayfield Dairy President Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp, whose father Zach Wamp held the seat from 1994-2010.   

Fleischmann won the heated primary and went on to easily beat Democrat Mary Headrick in the general election.  

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108th Tennessee General Assembly
6:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#1)

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey have a preview of the new session of the Tennessee General Assembly...

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Flu Season
1:03 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Knox County To Offer Free Flu Vaccine

Credit prevention.com

With Tennessee's death toll from the 2013-2014 flu season increasing, Knox County is responding by offering free vaccinations beginning Monday at two of its clinics.  Starting 8:00 am, Knox County residents can receive a free vaccination at the main Health Department office on Cameron Avenue or at the West Clinic on Old Cedar Bluff Road.  The vaccine will be offered until supplies run out.

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