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Charge your donations to The Salvation Army bell ringers

Updated: 12/03/2009 - Technology and donating to one charity will go hand-in-hand starting Wednesday. Some of those bell ringers will start asking you, debit or credit? The Salvation Army is adding credit card kettles in Knoxville.

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Mastercraft recalls 73 workers

Updated: 12/02/2009 - Boating probably isn't at the top of your list of things to do this December. But folks in Vonore are glad making more boats is at the top of Mastercraft's list.

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278th set for deployment to Iraq

Updated: 12/03/2009 - They are serving to help keep you safe. And on Sunday, the Knoxville-based 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment is set for its second deployment to Iraq. For this unit, it's a 2nd trip to the region.

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Alexander, Duncan ask Blount to consider 'stealth' cell towers

Posted: 12/02/2009 - Federal lawmakers Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Congressman John "Jimmy" Duncan Jr. (R-2nd) are encouraging the Blount County Board of Zoning Appeals to consider approving so-called "stealth" cell phone towers instead of traditional towers that some say would damage the scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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State report begs changes in ash ponds

Posted: 12/02/2009 - A state advisory board, formed after the failure of a TVA coal ash pond spilled 5.4 million cubic yards of sludge at the Kingston Fossil Plant, recommends tougher regulations.

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Adopting a pet this holiday season

Updated: 12/07/2009 - You can give the gift of an animal this season, but make sure your gift is in the form of a certificate. As Volunteer TVs Rebecca Solomon found out, it's a bad idea to adopt an animal for someone else, especially as the euthanasia rates rise.

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Tennessee executes 1980 triple murderer

Updated: 12/02/2009 - A man who spent 28 years on death row for killing three people while robbing a Nashville convenience store has been executed.

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East Tennessee politicians, candidates react to Afghanistan speech

Posted: 12/02/2009 - A number of political candidates and leaders elected to represent East Tennessee in Washington D.C. have released statements about President Barack Obama’s Tuesday night speech. The speech outlined his plan to send 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan while pledging to start bringing them home in 2011.

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President's speech hit home for a local family

Updated: 12/02/2009 - Almost a year and a half ago, Cpl. Jason Hovater lost his life fighting in the mountains of Afghanistan. Now, his sister watches as the President announces 30,000 more will deploy to the same country that took her brother.

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AP: General Motors CEO to resign

Updated: 12/01/2009 - General Motors' CEO Frederick "Fritz" Henderson has resigned after eight turbulent months as head of the largest U.S. automaker.

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Last-day appeal denied, Tennessee killer to be executed Wed.

Updated: 12/02/2009 - The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Tuesday denied a last-day stay of execution appeal by Tennessee death row inmate Cecil C. Johnson Jr., 53. Johnson has been on death row for 28 years, and is to be executed early Wednesday for a triple murder during a Nashville robbery.

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Outback out, Vols appear headed for Chick-fil-A Bowl

Updated: 12/01/2009 - Sources close to the Tennessee program say the Vols will likely play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31, and GoVolsXtra.com is reporting that the Big Orange will likely play Virginia Tech. However, other sources tell Volunteer TV Sports Overtime that the match-up may not be a done deal.

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