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TN: Human Trafficking
4:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Tennessee Among Top States For Laws Against Human Trafficking

Credit http://www.polarisproject.org/index.php

The 4th annual report from the non-profit Polaris Project puts Tennessee among 32 Tier 1 states: those that have passed the most legislation to counter sex and labor trafficking.

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Education
3:59 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Proposed Teacher Licensing Changes Draw Fire

Credit Christine Jessel

The Tennessee Board of Education is scheduled to vote Friday on a proposal that would tie teacher licenses to teacher evaluations, but the proposal’s drawing fire from the Tennessee Education Association.

Under the new policy, teachers would need to get higher scores on licensure tests - and a portion of that process would also be based on TVAAS scores, or measures of student academic growth as shown on state tests.

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Education
4:08 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Tennessee Department Of Education Gives Local Districts $8 Million

Credit tn.gov/education

The Tennessee Department of Education is giving individual school districts a share of $8 million dollars in the last major grant coming out of Race to the Top funding.  Eighty-three school districts in Tennessee will get a part of that $8 million dollar pot of money, allotted according to district size. But to get it, districts had to agree to implement one of three specific initiatives in teacher evaluation, Common Core testing, or reworked student classroom assignments.

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Government
6:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Knox County Audit Committee Meeting Turns Heated

Knox County Auditor Richard Walls.
Credit J. Miles Cary, Knoxville News Sentinel

An effort to remove Knox County's internal auditor took a dramatic turn Tuesday, when an audit committee member resigned and a county commissioner lambasted the committee's leader.

In July, the county audit committee recommended removing auditor Richard Walls. At the time, committee head Joe Carcello said he had concerns about the quality and quantity of Walls' work. Specifically, Carcello indicated Walls spent too much time auditing unimportant matters and failed to reconcile his findings before issuing a report.

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Preservation: Highlander Folk School
4:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Tennessee Preservationists Aim To Buy First Highlander Site

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Pete Seeger, Charis Horton, Rosa Parks and Ralph Abernathy at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee, in 1957. (Photo by Highlander Center)

The Nashville-based Tennessee Preservation Trust aims to save a Tennessee site that was home to the beginnings of the civil rights movement.  

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Pilot Fraud Investigation
12:59 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Plaintiff Wants Top Pilot Execs to Deliver Depositions in Lawsuit

Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam talks to reporters on Friday, April 19, 2013.
Credit Christine Jessel, WUOT News

Three high-level Pilot executives and a company spokesman with ties to the Haslam family may give legal depositions in a lawsuit connected with the company’s alleged rebate fraud.

A Georgia-based trucking company called Cedar Creek wants to record depositions from Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam, president Mark Hazelwood, sales executive John Freeman and spokesman Tom Ingram. The depositions would collect out-of-court testimony in the lawsuit that alleges Pilot kept money that was promised to Cedar Creek through a rebate program. The depositions are scheduled for mid-October.

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Tennessee Exports
4:00 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Tennessee Sets State Record For Exports

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The International Trade Administration reports that Tennessee's exports increased by 1% in the first half of this year, setting a new export record for the state.

According to the ITA, the state's largest export gains were increases of 60% percent to Singapore, 26% to the United Arab Emirates, 26% to South Korea and 17% to the Netherlands.

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Knox County Schools
4:30 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Changes In Store For Knox County Students On First Day of School

Knox County Public Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre joins children, parents, administrators and local officials at an August 8, 2013 ribbon-cutting to mark the opening of the brand new Northshore Elementary School on the county's west side.
Credit knoxschools.org

Students showing up for the first day of school this morning in Knox County will be greeted by new teachers, new school security officers and for some, new schools.

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Disasters
5:25 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Middle Tennessee Begins Recovery From Flash Floods

Ruined furniture sits piled outside of a Davidson County home in the wake of this week's flooding.
Credit Shelley Mays, Nashville Tennessean

Property damage estimates in the Nashville area are being tallied, and a Red Cross shelter remains open after flash flooding hit the area Thursday. Charles Shannon, with the city's Office of Emergency Management, said it’s hard to compare this week’s flooding to the historic floods of 2010. That event affected different parts of the city over a longer period of time. 

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Knox County Government
4:00 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Former Knox County Trustee Scheduled For Sentencing Next Week

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Former Knox County Trustee John Duncan III will face sentencing August 15, 2013, after pleading guilty to official misconduct, a felony.   

Duncan got a one-year probationary term as part of his plea deal. Now, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that he’s seeking a judicial diversion, meaning his record would be erased as long as he obeys the law during that one-year period.

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