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Cell Phones
12:07 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Alexander Blasts Effort To Lift Cell Phone Ban

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If Lamar Alexander is conflicted about the FCC's rule banning the use of cell phones on commercial flights, he hides it well.

In comments released Tuesday, Tennessee's senior senator vowed to introduce legislation to keep the ban in place if the FCC decides to remove it. 

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If Lamar Alexander is conflicted about the FCC’s rule banning the use of cell phones on commercial flights, he hides it well.

In comments released Tuesday, Tennessee’s Senior Senator vowed to introduce legislation to keep the ban in place if the FCC decides to remove it. 

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Health
6:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Scott County's Hospital Set to Re-Open

Scott County's hospital, photographed shortly after it closed in May 2012.
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A year-and-a-half after closing its doors, Scott County's only hospital is poised to once again serve the area next week. The facility in Oneida is scheduled to re-open on Monday, December 2.

The re-opening of the hospital, now operating under the name Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott, means closer access to immediate health care for residents of one of Tennessee's poorest counties.

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School Closings
4:35 am
Wed November 27, 2013

School Closings

Tuesday, November 18:

Claiborne County, Cocke County, Cumberland County, Fentress County, Grainger County, Hawkins County, Jefferson County, Morgan County, Oneida Schools, Rogersville City, Scott County, and Sevier County schools are closed today; 

Campbell County are on a 2-Hour Delay.

2012 Meningitis Outbreak
4:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

FBI Wants To Hear From Meningitis Victims

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A US Attorney is asking victims of last year’s outbreak of fungal meningitis to register on a website for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Boston US Attorney Carmen Ortiz hasn’t said when the grand jury will convene, but the FBI is gathering information for a criminal investigation of that outbreak, which sickened 751 people in 20 states and killed 64. 

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Health Insurance
5:41 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Loss of CoverTN Could Affect Thousands

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At the end of this year, more than 15,000 Tennesseans will likely lose their health insurance through a state-run program.

CoverTN provides limited-benefit health coverage geared toward low-income families and small businesses. And on December 31, it's expected to go away. The program doesn't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, so unless there's a change of heart -- and policy -- from federal officials, about 15,400 CoverTN customers will have less four weeks to find new health insurance policies if they don't want a lapse in coverage next year.

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Tennessee Homelessness
4:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

HUD Reports Drop In Homeless Numbers

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The US Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that homelessness is declining in Tennessee and across the nation.

The latest estimates from HUD counted just over 9,500 homeless individuals in Tennessee. That’s down by 748 from 2010.

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