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President's visit to Chattanooga
4:50 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

President Offers GOP "Bargain" In Chattanooga Visit

President Barack Obama pitches his middle class jobs plan to a crowd at an Amazon.com fulfillment facility in Chattanooga.
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Speaking for the first time in East Tennessee since his 2008 election, President Barack Obama offered a “bargain” to his Republican rivals in Washington in an effort to head off a looming budget battle.  Obama told a Chattanooga audience he was willing to cut corporate tax rates if Republicans would agree to spend money on job creation programs for the middle class.

"More good jobs that pay decent wages, a better bargain for the middle class, an economy that grows from the middle out," Obama said.  "That's got to be our focus."

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Presidential Visit
4:30 am
Tue July 30, 2013

President Obama To Talk Jobs In Chattanooga Today

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President Barack Obama brings his campaign to boost America’s middle class to East Tennessee today when he speaks with employees at the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Chattanooga.  The speech follows by one day Amazon’s announcement that it plans to hire 7,000 workers at its fulfillment and customer service centers nationwide.  The centers in Chattanooga and Murfreesboro are among those that will be hiring.

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Economics: Nashville Music Industry
4:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Economic Impact Of Nashville Region's Music Industry

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The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is releasing a study outlining the economic impact of the music industry on the region.

The Tennessean newspaper reports that according to that study, the music industry has an annual impact of $9.65 billion on the Nashville region. It also directly supports about 27,000 jobs and indirectly supports another 29,000 jobs.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

State Rep. Lois DeBerry Dies

State Representative Lois DeBerry.
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In her 41 years in the Tennessee House, Representative Lois DeBerry fought many battles. But it was a battle waged within her own body that proved to be the toughest. DeBerry lost her fight with pancreatic cancer on Sunday. She was 68.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Method: Primitive Art and AIDS in Appalachia

A scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding (in green) from a cultured lymphocyte
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This month on The Method, we examine two interesting fields of research - one rooted in the distant past; the other looking to the near future. Chrissy Keuper interviews Dr. Jan Simek about how archaeologists study some of the oldest cave art in North America. In the second portion of the program, Brandon Hollingsworth talks to researcher Joanne Hall about a first-of-a-kind study on end-of-life care for AIDS patients in Appalachia.

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Anderson County Courthouse
4:42 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

"In God We Trust" Organizer Dismisses Legal Motion As Attempt At "Publicity"

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The Anderson County man who spearheaded the drive to install “In God We Trust” signs on the county’s courthouse says he believes the man who challenged the signs this week is just trying to “get out of jail free”.  Oak Ridge businessman Lynn Byrge was responding to a legal motion by Kenneth Darrin Fisher of Clinton, who claims the signs violate his freedom of worship rights.  Fisher, a Cherokee descendent who follows the spiritual path known as the “Red Road”, is currently awaiting trial for allegedly trying to murder his wife.  

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Economy
6:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

County Jobless Rates Climb in June

County unemployment rates for the month of June have been released, and the numbers in many counties are not what you might expect from an economic recovery.

Jobless rates increased in 91 of Tennessee’s 95 counties last month, according to the figures from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. There are a couple of major factors that explain the trend. Economists say that as the job market improves, more unemployed Tennesseans jump back into searching for work. The more people are out looking for work, the higher the measured unemployment rate.

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TN Archaeology: Prehistoric Cave Art
5:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Tennessee Cave Art Charts Cosmology Of Prehistoric Peoples

Jan Simek, University of Tennessee distinguished professor of Anthropology, records Native American art in an undisclosed Tennessee cave (2008) / Photo by Alan Cressler
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The focus of a recent article in the journal Antiquity is on some of the oldest art yet found in North America… and it’s in Tennessee.

Archaeologists, starting with Charles Faulkner from the University of Tennessee, have been documenting prehistoric rock art in Tennessee and around the Southeastern US since the1970s.

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Federal Ruling: Jefferson Countyu
4:00 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Landmark Federal Ruling Involves Jefferson County School Officials

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that a federal judge has ruled that the Jefferson County school district violated the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution. That clause prohibits the government from establishing an official religion.   

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TN Prisons: Drug Treatment & Mental Health
4:00 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Nation's First State-Wide Recovery Court To Be In Tennessee

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The first state-wide, residential Recovery Court in the US will soon have its home in Morgan County, Tennessee. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting in the Morgan County city of Wartburg on August 1st.

The program aims to reroute those who need substance abuse treatment or mental health services from prison to treatment programs and to reserve prison beds for the most violent offenders.

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