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Country singer Emma Jacob shares story of survival

Updated: 10/30/2009 - For 18-year-old Emma Jacob, singing on stage was another opportunity for survival. "It's my nature. It's my life. I have to sing. I can honestly say I don't know where I'd be without music," says Jacobs.

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Is music going silent in your schools?

Updated: 10/29/2009 - The research is there. If your child plays an instrument or is in a quality music education program, graduation rates goes up. Attendance goes up. So do his math and English scores. But unfortunately, music educators are seeing a big decline in music participation. And even Arne Duncan, the nation's Secretary of Education, is rolling out a survey to assess the importance of music and arts in your schools.

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Lenders, Realtors push to extend, sweeten tax credit

Updated: 10/29/2009 - The calender says you have little more than a month to get that big tax break for buying your first home. But the clock is not on your side for processing the paperwork. It's why the Senate already has passed a plan that not only would extend the credit into next year, but sweeten it if you own a home already.

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Report: Tenn. pre-K not effective after 2nd grade

Posted: 10/29/2009 - A recent report shows the effectiveness of Tennessee's pre-kindergarten program diminishes after the second grade, but supporters say it still provides a valuable foundation that will help at-risk children succeed.

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Medic Blood Center needs your help

Posted: 10/29/2009 - If you can spare a few minutes of your time, Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville needs your help.

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Pelosi: New health care bill is 'historic moment'

Updated: 10/29/2009 - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says new health care legislation will make affordable, quality health care available to nearly all Americans and represents a historic step.

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Sevier fugitive arrested in Alabama

Updated: 10/29/2009 - The Sevier County fugitive accused of robbing a Pigeon Forge furniture store Friday before leading police on a two-county chase that led to a manhunt has been arrested in Alabama, according to the Blount County Sheriff's Office. Blount County Sheriff's spokesperson Marian O'Brian was not prepared to release any further information about the arrest of Phillip Hammock, 37, but says details will be forthcoming.

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Economy grows in 3Q, signals end of recession

Posted: 10/29/2009 - The economy grew at a 3.5 percent pace in the third quarter, the best showing in two years, fueled by government-supported spending on cars and homes.

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Closing arguments, sentencing deliberations Friday

Updated: 10/30/2009 - Thursday was a day filled with emotional testimony in a Knox County courtroom, as prosecutors called Christian and Newsom family members to explain why Lemaricus Davidson should die for killing Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, in January 2007. Davidson's foster family asked the jury to spare his life.

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Christian, Newsom families call for more victim's rights

Updated: 10/29/2009 - The Christian and Newsom families say they were not served by the legal system, because of the strategy the defense took, in making claims of drug use by Channon and Chris. They called for changes to the legal system, and one organization hopes to help make changes for these families, and for every future victim.

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Chri$tma$ $pending: 8 weeks to merrier money management

Updated: 10/28/2009 - The National Retail Federation's pre-holiday surveys show many shoppers believe the recession won't end until unemployment ebbs. Seventy percent of those surveyed expect to buy at discount stores this Christmas; 10 percent at thrift stores. Expect larger, earlier stores to create more opportunities, and more temptations.

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Christian family speaks out on defense tactics

Updated: 10/28/2009 - Hours before the verdict, Gary and Deena Christian spoke up again for their daughter. Still incensed they were forced to defend her life in court. The families have already endured the horrible loss of their loved ones, and it sometimes gets worse.

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Rural hospitals prepare for H1N1

Updated: 10/28/2009 - Knoxville's hospitals are seeing many patients with the H1N1 virus. But how well prepared are the smaller, rural hospitals to help you and your family recover from H1N1?

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UT guard Josh Tabb withdraws from UT

Updated: 10/28/2009 - Tennessee head basketball coach Bruce Pearl announced Wednesday that senior guard Josh Tabb has withdrawn from the university and has returned home to Illinois to be closer to his mother, who is ill.

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Little River Road reopened after rock slide

Updated: 10/29/2009 - Officials reopened Little River Road in the Great Smoky Mountains Thursday morning after a small rock slide Wednesday afternoon forced the road to be closed.

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