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Comedian George Carlin dead at 71

Updated: 06/23/2008 - A publicist for George Carlin says the legendary comedian has died of heart failure at a hospital in Santa Monica. He was 71.

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Field trip to area farms assuages local Salmonella fear

Updated: 06/23/2008 - The amount of tomato-related Salmonella cases is going up everyday, but the bacterial scare apparently hasn’t had much of a negative impact on East Tennessee’s farmers’ markets.

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Reenactors celebrate city, war and veterans

Posted: 06/22/2008 - Oak Ridge wrapped up its sixth annual Secret City Festival on Saturday evening. One of the fest's most popular events was held earlier that afternoon and commemorated the town by reenacting the war that lead to its creation.

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Ice Cream man foils robbery

Posted: 06/21/2008 - A man attempted to rob an ice cream vendor late Friday afternoon in South Knoxville.

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UT budget approved, fight to save department continues

Updated: 06/21/2008 - Trustee's aren't finished crunching the numbers yet, but The University of Tennessee has a new budget, and if you're a parent or student, you'll be interested to know it comes with a six percent tuition hike.

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Tennessee plans to consolidate two local forestry departments

Updated: 06/20/2008 - Some major changes are coming to the way the Department of Forestry fights wildfires in East Tennessee, and with those changes come some layoffs and some real concern from firefighters and a homeowner who depends on them.

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Cynthia Finch counter sues Knox Co, sues Ragsdale, Arms

Updated: 06/20/2008 - Embattled former Knox County Community Services Director Cynthia Finch filed a counter lawsuit against Knox County seeking $75,000, and also filed a third-party suit against County Mayor Mike Ragsdale and his Chief of Staff Mike Arms, according to her attorney David Burkhalter in a statement released to media.

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Knox Co. Health Dept. to test preparedness system, needs volunteers

Posted: 06/20/2008 - “This is only a drill.” Not words you expect to hear from the Health Department, but after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, health departments across the United States have taken on the additional role of public health emergency planning to protect public health in the event of a large scale or community-wide incident. On Monday, June 30, the Knox County Health Department will test a disaster preparedness system that is new to Tennessee.

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