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New security for Roane County Courthouse

Updated: 09/10/2009 - Inmate escape is always a concern for area sheriff's departments. Roane County knows too well after a corrections officer was killed in 2005 during an escape attempt.

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New dental tool eases anxiety

Updated: 09/10/2009 - A trip to the dentist probably isn't on your list of favorite things to do. Some patients tend to get a little anxious especially when it comes to the drill. But a local dentist hopes a new tool, that's the first ever device of its kind, will ease your fears.

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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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