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Veterans Services
3:59 am
Tue July 23, 2013

East Tennessee Veterans Exposed To Agent Orange May Qualify For New Benefits

Barry Rice, center, presents the newest Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, #1073 in Knoxville, their charter and VVA flag.
Credit Vietnam Veterans Tennessee State Council via Facebook.

Vietnam Veterans of America will answer questions and discuss new laws and benefits for veterans exposed to Agent Orange tonight during a Knoxville town hall meeting.  Agent Orange is a chemical defoliant best known for its use during the Vietnam War. Barry Rice, President of the Tennessee State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, says doctors are still finding diseases related to Agent Orange exposure. 

“The real problem is that we are starting to notice some effects and some illnesses in our children and in our grandchildren,” he says. 

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Government
6:24 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Knox County Selects New Trustee

Knox County Trustee Craig Leuthold.
Credit Knoxville News Sentinel

Craig Leuthold will be Knox County’s next trustee. On Monday afternoon, the Knox County Commission selected Leuthold from a pool of 25 applicants for the job of county banker. That job was vacated by John Duncan III earlier this month after it was revealed Duncan and other trustee’s office employees accepted approximately $18,000 in bonuses for training they did not complete.

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Education
3:59 am
Mon July 22, 2013

GED Faces Changes, Competition In Tennessee

Credit Sergio Rivas. Used under Flickr Creative Commons license.

The GED, or General Education Development diploma, will change in January 2014, becoming more difficult, costing twice as much to take and moving to an online-only format. It will also face competition from another test. 

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TN Social Studies Textbooks
4:30 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Tennessee Education Officials Want Public Input

Credit http://www.rooseveltcampusnetwork.org/blog/public-option-school-textbooks

Tennessee education officials are asking for public input on the state’s new K -12 social studies textbooks.                 

The new textbooks are proposed for the state’s public grade schools during the 2014-15 school year. Public comments must be in by September 11th in order for the publisher to consider them.

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TN Adult and Dislocated Worker Program
4:30 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Tennessee Labor Program Releases Yearly Numbers

Credit https://news.tn.gov/node/11046

The Tennessee Department of Labor has just released its yearly numbers from the Adult and Dislocated Worker Program.                                  

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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
Credit http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130717/NEWS/307170169/TN-black-caucus-calls-review-Stand-Your-Ground-law-
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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

Credit http://www.tnlottery.com/default2.aspx

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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