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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

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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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New State Handgun Law
4:55 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

New State Gun Law May See More Changes

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Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey now says that a new state handgun law may need to be clarified. The new law allows handgun carry permit holders to keep weapons in their vehicles at work.

In May, State Attorney General Robert Cooper delivered an opinion saying that the new law would not impact any Tennessee employer’s ability to fire workers.

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Aurora Shooting
4:03 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Mysterious Knoxville Business At Center of Theater Shooter's Ammo Supply

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Knox County Schools
4:30 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Knox County Schools Offer Glimpse Into Security Training

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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. 

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Roane Co. Jail
2:24 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

New Roane Jail Struggles With Overcrowding

This was supposed to solve the problem.

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. 

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