Thomas
5:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Retrial of Christian-Newsom defendant begins today

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A Nashville jury is in Knoxville today to begin hearing testimony in the retrial of George Thomas, one of five people originally convicted and sentenced for participating in the 2007 carjacking, rape, torture and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.  In 2009, a Hamilton County jury found Thomas guilty for his role in the crimes and he was sentenced to life without parole.  However, he was granted a retrial when it became apparent the presiding judge Richard Baumgartner was abusing painkillers during the trial.  In November of 2012, a jury convicted co-defendant Vanessa Colem

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Rebecca Plevin is a reporter for Valley Public Radio. Before joining the station, she was the community health reporter for Vida en el Valle, the McClatchy Company's bilingual newspaper in California's San Joaquin Valley. She earned the George F. Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism and the McClatchy President's Award for her work at Vida, as well as honors from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Plevin grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is also a fluent Spanish speaker, a certified yoga teacher, and an avid rock-climber.

smokies
7:14 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Smoky Mountain Visitation Down for First Part of 2013

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The National Park Service reports a drop in visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the first four months of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012.  Statistics show 1,620,340 visited the park between January and April.  That represents a drop of 359,202 visitors.  Rangers suggest the closure of Newfound Gap Road between Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Cherokee, North Carolina is the most likely reason for the decrease.  The road was closed January 13 after a landslide wiped out approximately 200 feet of road surface. 

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Y-12
5:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Y-12 protester trial gets underway

Jury selection begins May 6 in the trial of three nuclear protesters who broke into the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee last summer.  The Department of Energy facility houses the nation's stockpile of highly-enriched uranium.   The break-in was significant in a lot of ways--not the least was the fact that one of the three trespassers was an 82-year-old nun. 

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Robert Smith is a correspondent for NPR's Planet Money where he reports on how the global economy is affecting our lives.

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Y-12
5:35 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Y-12 Protesters Remain in Jail, Await Judge's Decision

An unidentified protester shows his opposition to the U.S. Government's nuclear weapons activities in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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Three nuclear protesters convicted in a federal court May 8 remain in jail while  U.S.

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