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.
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.
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.
This week, members of the East Tennessee media will have the chance to watch as some of Knox County's new school resource officers learn such important skills as Drug Recognition, Verbal Conflict Management and Crime Scene Preservation. Officers from the newly-expanded security force are in the middle of an intense, six-week program that will prepare them for the coming school year.
In 2009, the Roane County Sheriff's Department proudly showed off its brand new, $10 million jailhouse to a public weary of fighting about it. The long-awaited opening of the facility followed more than a decade of heated discussion, shuttled plans and warnings that the previous facility was dangerously overcrowded.
This weekend, one of the most popular shows on public television will be taping episodes in Knoxville. Between five and six thousand people will bring their valuables and heirlooms to the Knoxville Convention Center on Saturday to be appraised for Antiques Roadshow. Those episodes will air on East Tennessee PBS sometime next year.