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TN Stand Your Ground Law
7:29 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Tennessee Legislators Call For Review Of State's "Stand Your Ground" Law

TN State Rep. Larry Miller, D-Memphis, chairman of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators / George Walker IV / File / The Tennessean
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TN Special Education Focus
6:32 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Tennessee Education Commissioner To Focus On Special Education

Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman / Photo by George Walker IV / The Tennessean
Credit George Walker IV, Nashville Tennessean

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman told the Tennessean newspaper yesterday that he’s going ahead with his plans to have the fastest-improving schools in the nation by 2015 and his next focus is special education.

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Scott DesJarlais
4:58 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

DesJarlais' GOP Challengers Leading Money Race

Last November, Tennessee's Fourth District Congressman Scott Desjarlais coasted to a 12-point victory over Democratic challenger Eric Stewart in Desjarlais' first re-election campaign.  That's despite revelations that the pro-life physician had participated in sexual relations with some of his patients and had encouraged one to get an abortion. 

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Tennessee
4:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Tennessee Department Of Labor Offers Workers' Comp Seminars

Construction workers tie rebar cages to form the columns of the overpass.
Credit Port of Tacoma, flickr Creative Commons.

  Employers with questions about Tennessee’s 2013 Workers’ Compensation Reform Act will have a chance to put those questions to the state next month.  

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is coordinating seminars across the state to explain the Reform Act's impact. Presenters will also provide information on ways to better handle accidents if they happen. The Worker’s Compensation division and Tennessee OSHA will also provide information on ways to avoid workplace injuries.  

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Tennessee Lottery
7:17 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Tennessee Lottery Proceeds Set Another Record

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Officials with the Tennessee lottery say proceeds for the fiscal year just ended are almost 5% higher than the previous year.

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation reports proceeds of $339.7 million. That’s another yearly record for the state’s lottery, and is up from last year's $323.4 million.

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Education
3:59 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Tennessee Schools Offer Fruit And Veggie Snacks

Credit Brittany Randolph via Flickr Creative Commons.

Some Tennessee students will get more than a typical serving of fresh fruits and vegetables in class this year. Tennessee received $3.3  million dollars in federal funds to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to schools with the most kids in free and reduced lunch programs. Students in participating schools will get fruit like kiwis or peaches or a vegetable like broccoli or peppers during the school day as a snack outside of regular meals. Schools receive $50 dollars per enrolled student to cover the price of the fresh produce; each school decides how to deliver the snacks.

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Pilot Flying J
5:57 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Pilot/Flying J Offers To Settle Price-Skimming Lawsuits

Pilot/Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam speaks to the media in April 2013 after federal officials raided the company's Knoxville headquarters.
Credit Christine Jessel

Officials from Pilot/Flying J announced today the Knoxville-based truck stop chain has offered to settle and consolidate several of the lawsuits filed against the company by trucking clients who claim Pilot's sales staff shorted them on promised fuel rebates.  According to documents filed in an Arkansas courtroom, the company has agreed to pay back all rebates owed with 6% interest.  This will extend to all accounts held the Pilot Flying J, not just those named in the class action lawsuit.

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Power Industry & Water
4:30 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Power Industry Impact On Southeast US Water Supplies

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A report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzes the power industry’s impact on regional water supplies in the US.                

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TN Correction & Health Care
7:20 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Tennessee Legislative Committee Looking Into New Inmate Health Care Contract

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A watchdog group for the state legislature has agreed to investigate a Tennessee Department of Correction contract over inmate health care.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the state Fiscal Review Committee wants to meet with the winner of the contract, Centurion LLC.

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Healthcare
3:59 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Sevier County Clinic Sees High Demand For Services, Free Physicals

Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.
Credit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

This week, a small Sevier County clinic expects to see around 100 patients over two days. Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic is partnering with the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University to offer free physical exams.The clinic offers these free physicals twice a year, usually in January and July. 

Director of Fund Development Ashley Justice says these events give clinic staff a chance to see many more patients than they may typically see over the course of a regular day.

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