A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT has been issued for the accumulating snow in the Valley and Plateau, plus across the Smokies. Part of the Valley and Plateau could receive up to inch or more of snow, where snow bands persist. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Smokies until Noon Tuesday for another 2" or more of snow is possible. With temperatures dropping tonight into the upper 20s, black ice may be issue as well. Please be careful.
Knoxville (AP) -- Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is pressing the Bush administration to fully fund a compensation program for sick nuclear weapons workers. He's also calling for Senate hearings on why claims have been delayed.
Alexander, Tennessee junior Senator Bob Corker and 14 other Senators signed the letter to the administration Monday.
The Senators call it "extremely troubling" that program offices have taken steps to cut back on claims processing and that the program faces a serious funding shortfall.
Alexander says Tennessee has more than 23,000 health claims from more than 9,000 individual workers, twice the number of any other state.
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