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Blount County guns in parks confusion

Updated: 09/10/2009 - Guns will be allowed in Blount County parks, after a motion to opt out of the guns bill failed before the agenda committee to send it to the full commission. But the issue is a whole lot more confusing than one might think.

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Changing formula could almost double senior poverty level

Updated: 09/09/2009 - Much of the health care debate has focused on senior citizens--and what happens to Medicare. Supporters claim Medicare has helped cut the senior poverty rate by more than half. Yet other numbers crunchers say we ought to define need--not by income, but outgo.

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No Child Left Behind transfers crowding schools

Updated: 09/10/2009 - Hundreds of student transfers has meant some overcrowded classrooms to start the year. In addition, Bearden Middle has lost teachers to West Valley, and several high schools are at full capacity. And since the list of under performing schools wasn't released until June, there wasn't a lot of lead time to prepare. And it's being felt.

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Second-hand shops first stop in down economy

Updated: 09/10/2009 - Second-hand shopping is now a first stop for many parents as they try to find a good deal, in a bad economy. And now one week out from a twice a year consignment event, and at least 10,000 people are expected to do some bargain shopping.

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Local health care professionals fight H1N1

Updated: 09/09/2009 - Children's Hospital is seeing a volume of 40 to 50% higher than normal number of children with flu-like symptoms this time of year. The doctors treating them, are just as, if not more, susceptible to getting the virus as emergency rooms are flooded with patients. So how are health professionals staying healthy?

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AP source: Americans on hijacked plane

Updated: 09/09/2009 - A U.S. official says American, French, and Mexican citizens were among the passengers aboard a hijacked plane in Mexico.

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Children's Hospital ER overcrowded

Updated: 09/09/2009 - We're not fully into the flu season, but East Tennessee Children's Hospital is over-crowded and doctors say it's going to make things worse.

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Vols win is big victory for area businesses

Updated: 09/09/2009 - Not only fans, but local businesses are cheering on the vols, for another win for the vols this weekend. We talked to two retailers who are seeing green thanks to the big orange.

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Industry safeguarding employees from H1N1 virus

Updated: 09/08/2009 - Schools are already dealing with low attendance rates due to the flu. Several have already closed their doors for several days. Businesses too must be ready.

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New Eric Berry for Heisman video posted online

Updated: 09/08/2009 - The UT Athletics Department, as part of their Eric Berry for Heisman campaign, posted a new video pushing for the Vols junior defensive back to be named this year's Heisman Trophy winner. Click this story to watch the video.

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Expected slow holiday sales could impact seasonal workers

Updated: 09/08/2009 - An anticipation of fewer holiday shoppers this year could mean less seasonal jobs. And the one word we're hearing today is "flat." If you're someone looking to latch-on to a job for the holiday season, finding those "help wanted" signs won't be easy.

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Not all East Tenn. students saw live Obama speech

Updated: 09/08/2009 - President Obama spoke to the younger generation with a message of responsibility. But many schools in East Tennessee didn't air the message, at least not live Tuesday.

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Pellissippi Parkway temporarily blocked due to crash near Lovell Rd

Updated: 09/08/2009 - Both sides of Pellissippi Parkway are blocked between Hardin Valley Road and Lovell Road because of wreck. Reports from the scene indicate that a car involved in the crash may be on fire. Northbound traffic is being diverted onto Lovell Road and southbound traffic is being moved onto Hardin Valley Road. Volunteer TV News has a crew en route to the scene. We'll have updates on Volunteer TV News and VolunteerTV.com as they become available.

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Obama offers advice to schoolkids

Posted: 09/08/2009 - President Barack Obama has told students at a suburban Virginia school to "be careful what you post on Facebook." He said, "Whatever you do, it will be pulled up later in your life."

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Police say they have the Subway robber

Updated: 09/08/2009 - A Knoxville man is behind bars after leading police on a chase. 34 year old Joshua Pitkanen is behind bars for allegedly robbing a Subway on Western Avenue. Police were finally able to catch the suspect but not before reaching speeds of at least 100 miles an hour.

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Parents react to advance of Obama's speech

Updated: 09/08/2009 - The word is out. The White House released an advanced copy of President Obama's speech to school children, prompting a debate in East Tennessee.

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