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Fort Campbell Clinic
6:43 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Officials Break Ground On Groundbreaking Clinic At Fort Campbell

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A new clinic at Fort Campbell will treat what are known as the signature wounds of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Officials broke ground on the clinic yesterday and it’s expected to be completed in a year. The clinic will be the third of its kind (the others are at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina) and will work with the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland, to research and develop treatment for brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.

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Charities
3:56 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Report: Knoxville Charity Among Nation's Worst

Cancer Fund of America headquarters in Knoxville.
Credit Cancer Fund of America

A Knoxville-based cancer charity raises millions of dollars, but sends only a pittance to the people it claims to help.

A Tampa Bay Times/Center for Investigative Reporting investigation calls Cancer Fund of America one of the nation’s worst charities. Records show the group sends only two cents per donated dollar to cancer patients. The Times reports Cancer Fund of America founder James T. Reynolds, Sr., and his family run five charities that pay executive salaries to nearly a dozen relatives.

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Marijuana Arrests
3:52 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Knox County Blacks More Likely To Be Arrested For Pot Possession Than Whites

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In a county where nearly 87% of the population is white, blacks in Knox County are arrested for marijuana possession more than six times as often as whites.  That's despite statistics that show marijuana use among blacks and whites is similar.  The findings were revealed in a recent study of FBI crime data by the American Civil Liberties Union.   The ACLU concluded blacks in America are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for possessing pot than whites.  At 4.0, Tennessee's disparity rate is slightly above

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From Foster Care To College, Part Three
9:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

From Foster Care To College, Part Three: A Little Help Improving The Odds

Kenyetta Windmon-Smith, one of about two dozen students involved with the Alabama REACH program, after her finals outside the University of Alabama's Ferguson Student Center.
Credit Dan Carsen

 

To understand this story, you have to understand something that happened in 2010.

It's fall. Students arrive on campus in SUVs driven by family who help unload furniture and other things they'll need for their new lives. But one young man, who came from a foster home and had not been to orientation, shows up holding nothing but his admissions letter.

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Occupy Nashville
6:06 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Occupy Nashville Protestors

Katy Wolf, left, Lamercie Saint Hilaire and other protesters sing 'We Shall Overcome' at a candlelight vigil on Legislative Plaza during an Occupy Nashville Rally in 2011. / John Partipilo / File / The Tennessean

A federal judge has ruled that the state unlawfully arrested members of Occupy Nashville during the group’s protest encampment on War Memorial Plaza. In October 2011, the Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 55 people on charges of misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed suit in 2011 on behalf of the members of Occupy Nashville. Judge Aleta Trauger ruled that those arrests violated First Amendment rights to free speech. The ruling means state officials must pay all monetary awards and attorneys’ fees. 

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Spraying For Mosquitoes
3:59 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Mosquito Spraying For West Nile Virus Begins Today

Credit http://health.state.tn.us/factsheets/wnv.htm

A wet spring means lots of standing water, which makes a prime breeding  ground for mosquitoes. And a routine weekly test confirmed West Nile Virus in South Knoxville mosquitoes this week. It's the first positive report of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes for Knox County. 

“To date, Knox County has had no confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in humans,” said Knox County Health Department Environmental Health Director Ronnie Nease. “By spraying to reduce the population of mosquitoes, we hope to reduce the potential of mosquito-to-human transmission,” he says.

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Boy Scouts
1:44 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Some ET Churches Considering Split With Boy Scouts

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Members of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Houston, Texas today have passed a resolution opposing the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to accept gay scouts.  And while the resolution doesn't encourage individual churches to sever ties with their affiliated troops, Baptist churches throughout the country are considering just such a move.  In East Tennessee, at least three churches are weighing their options, but not all are Baptist.  Scout Executive Larry Brown of the Great Smoky Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America wouldn't identify the specific churches, b

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Methamphetamine in Tennessee
6:37 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Tennessee Once Again First In US In Meth-Lab Seizures

Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson (left), Tennessee State Senator Ken Yager (center), Tennessee State Senator Mike Bell (right) - Photo by Bob Fowler, Knoxville News Sentinel
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Tennessee legislators, prosecutors and police from all over East Tennessee gathered in Kingston for the yearly meeting of the Ninth Judicial District’s Drug Task Force. Officials say Tennessee is once again first in the nation in the number of methamphetamine labs found by law enforcement. State Senator Mike Bell says next session, he’ll introduce legislation that would require prescriptions for cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

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From Foster Care To College, Part Two
3:59 am
Wed June 12, 2013

From Foster Care To College, Part Two: An Uphill Climb

Credit Christine Jessel

Last September, Briyana Dunn was enrolled at Pellissippi State Community College through a Department of Children's Services program for former foster care kids.

"I started from A and right now I feel like I’m all the way on like R - I’m getting to my Z," she said then.

But it didn’t work out. Briyana says she spiraled into a depression after a hard breakup with a boyfriend. She stopped turning in assignments - then she started missing classes.

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Y-12
4:51 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Chlorinated Water Spill At Y-12 Results In Fish Kill

A sign near East Fork Poplar Creek in Oak Ridge advises against swimming, wading or fishing.
Credit Oak Ridge Today

Officials from the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge say a spill of chlorinated water over the weekend killed approximately 8500 minnow-sized fish and almost 30 salamanders.  A Y-12 statement says about 6,000,000 gallons of the water poured into East Fork Poplar Creek on Saturday when a pipeline burst.  Crews from Y-12 were able to contain the spill and inspections on Sunday revealed no additional casualties of fish or other aquatic wildlife.  Biologists from nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory predict the long-term effect of the spill on fish and salamanders will be minimal.  

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