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6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Knox County Teachers Voice Frustrations

Knox County teachers and their supporters crowd the main hearing room at the City-County Building in downtown Knoxville, November 6, 2013.
Credit Lydia McCoy, Knoxville News Sentinel

About 25 Knox County educators and supporters lined up to address the Knox County Board of Education Wednesday night, and they weren't there to celebrate.

Many of the teachers aired their concerns about a number of issues, from new educational standards to the current teacher evaluation system. Several shared concerns that teacher morale is very low, and that the burdens now facing educators could discourage new teachers from entering the profession.

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Affordable Care Act & Congress Members
4:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Tennessee Congress Members Will Get Health Insurance Through Online Exchanges

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All members of the state’s congressional delegation say in January, they and their staff members will leave their federal health insurance coverage and purchase their own health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's online exchanges.

But the Knoxville News Sentinel reports there is some flexibility for congressional staff members... 

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Mass Casualty Drill
4:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

East TN Emergency Responders To Participate In Massive Drill

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It’s being billed as one of the largest hospital emergency drills in Tennessee history.  This morning, 54 organizations from throughout East Tennessee will participate in a mock disaster drill that will draw in hospitals, emergency responders and health departments from as far and wide as Chattanooga, Johnson City and Knoxville. 

All four of Knoxville’s hospitals will participate, as well as approximately 1,000 victim actors.  Many of the actors are Knox County schools students. 

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Living With HIV
12:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

I'm Still Here: My HIV Life

When John was diagnosed with HIV in 1990, he never would have imagined he would still be alive today to celebrate his 50th birthday. 

Twenty-three years later, he views his life with the sense of appreciation and perspective that can only come from someone forced to face his own mortality. “My life is a lot different,” he says, “but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

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Probation & Parole
4:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Probation Program First Of Its Kind In Tennessee

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A probation program in Johnson City that began in July is the first of its kind in the state and is receiving its first reviews from the state.

The Johnson City Police Department found that the city was lacking a central location with the services that probationers required, and so got a federal grant to start the Day Reporting Center.

The Center focuses on serious, nonviolent offenders, who are required to visit the center for therapy and take classes, which include employment training, online research, and relationship and parenting classes.

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Politics
6:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Knoxville Elections Likely to Draw Slim Crowd

Credit WUOT, Matt Shafer Powell

Don't be surprised if you mention Election Day and receive a blank stare in return. Knox County election officials are expecting low turnout for Tuesday's slate of five city council races. Only two of the five have drawn viable opponents.

The highest-profile race will be the fourth district, which covers North Knoxville. There, incumbent Nick Della Volpe will fight a challenge from Rick Staples. Della Volpe's call for city pension reform drew the ire of groups representing Knoxville's police and fire departments. Their frustration could translate into support for Staples.

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Amendment One
3:46 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Debate Over TN Abortion Amendment Begins In Earnest

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  On Nov. 4, 2014, Tennesseans will go to the polls and vote on whether the state’s General Assembly should have the authority to regulate abortion. The so-called abortion amendment will appear on the ballot as “Amendment One” and if approved by voters, would add language to the state constitution that would read (in part), “Nothing in this constitution secures or protects a right to abortion.”

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Y-12 National Security Complex
2:49 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Federal Government Confirms Decision On Y-12 Contractor

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

As early as January of this year, employees at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge thought they knew who their new bosses were going to be.  On January 8, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced the Virginia-based company Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) would take over the reins of the facility from B&W Y-12, the contractor that had run Y-12 for more than a decade.

But not so fast.

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Government
6:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

HHS Secretary to Visit Memphis

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Credit J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

The government official at the center of the healthcare website debacle will be in Tennessee today. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Memphis, where she will deliver remarks and take questions from reporters.

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US Department of Energy
4:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Summer Cyber Attack Affects DOE Employees In Oak Ridge

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A summer cyber attack on Department of Energy computer systems in Washington has affected DOE employees in Oak Ridge.

The number of those affected isn’t yet available, but the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the personal information of apparently hundreds of employees at DOE facilities in Oak Ridge was compromised by a cyber attack in July and August.

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