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Big Ridge Elementary in Union Co. closing

Updated: 09/11/2009 - Students at Big Ridge Elementary School in Union County will be dismissed Friday morning at 10:00a.m. due to a power outage. Buses will take the children home, but parents can pick up their children if they choose to do so.

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Obama nominates Oak Ridger, professor for TVA board

Updated: 05/19/2011 - President Barack Obama has nominated for the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors a public interest lawyer with a background in environmental issues and an economics professor experienced in rate-setting policy.

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Alcoa homicide suspect arrested

Updated: 09/11/2009 - Alcoa police arrested a male suspect in connection with a late night homicide in the Louisville community.

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Marijuana seizure could be largest ever in Campbell County

Updated: 09/10/2009 - The skies over the Jellico mountains have filled with the roar of helicopters: hauling in Campbell County's largest marijuana bust the sheriff can ever remember. Four plots, thousands of plants--only weeks, maybe days from harvest. Agents haven't caught the growers. But evidence indicates they were encamped there, with their own food supply, and piping to water their cache.

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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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