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Johnny Knoxville detained at LAX for reportedly possessing grenade

Posted: 01/15/2009 - Authorities detained Johnny Knoxville on Thursday for allegedly bringing an inert grenade into Los Angeles International Airport. After security screeners spotted the grenade in the "Jackass" star's carry-on luggage, a bomb squad determined it lacked a firing pin or explosive. Police say Knoxville was later released and allowed to board an American Airlines flight to Miami.

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KUB delays electric rate hike, trims water rate hike

Posted: 01/15/2009 - Citing the tightening economy's tougher toll on its customers, the Knoxville Utilities Board is deferring a planned 2.8% hike in electric rates, and trimming a planned hike in water rates from 30% to 12%,

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Getting residents ready for the cold

Updated: 01/15/2009 - With temperatures in the single digits many of us will be definitely staying indoors tonight. But how safe are you from the cold and the way you heat your home?

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Knox Co. schools to remain open Friday, excused absence for students

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The Knox County School System plans to remain open and operate on a normal schedule Friday, despite the expectation of sub-freezing temperatures. However, school officials say if parents choose to keep their children home because of the cold, their child's absence will be excused. Stay connected to <SnoGo on VolunteerTV.com for complete and current school closing and delay information. Not in Knox County? Click the SnoGo link to see if your child's school is closed or delayed Friday.

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U.S. Airways jet crashes in Hudson River

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A law enforcement official says authorities aren't aware of any deaths from today's plane crash in New York's Hudson River, and that passengers don't appear to be seriously injured.

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KUB decides to postpone planned rate increases

Posted: 01/15/2009 - The Knoxville Utilities Board decided Thursday to postpone planned water and electric rate increases of 30 and 2.8 percent, respectively, due to the economy, according to a KUB media release.

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1 dead after home invasion in Oak Ridge

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The Oak Ridge Police Department is investigating a home invasion robbery in Oak Ridge that left one of two suspects dead after a struggle with one of the home's residents, according to an ORPD media release.

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Keeping the kids safe in the cold

Updated: 01/15/2009 - East Tennessee has some extremely cold weather to deal with for a couple of days. That means when the kids head off to school Thursday morning, it's time to bundle up but also stay protected.

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Rereading Chapter 11; Goody's files bankruptcy for second time in just over 6 mos.

Posted: 01/14/2009 - Goody's final liquidation, if it is that, will leave behind more than 282 stores and 8000+ employees. The Chamber of Commerce already is looking for new tenants for Goody's leased corporate headquarters and distribution center. But the director of the University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research says Goody's greatest asset (and challenge) may be its East-Tennessee-based employees.

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Regents authorize layoffs, pay cuts

Posted: 01/14/2009 - The Tennessee Board of Regents voted unanimously Wednesday to allow Chancellor Charles W. Manning to authorize system presidents to order layoffs, pay cuts and work time reductions.

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Prepare your home for below freezing temperatures

Updated: 01/14/2009 - With these frigid temperatures the next few nights, you're going to want to take care of pipes around your home. Frozen pipes can cost hundreds of dollars and even more of an inconvenience. We talked with a plumber to help you get your home ready for the next few nights.

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Slain Maryville Marine's son born in Japan

Updated: 01/14/2009 - WVLT (Knoxville) - His name is Michael H. Ferschke III. At birth, he weighed seven pounds, 8.8 ounces and was 19.7 inches long. He is the son of Sgt. Michael H. Ferschke, Jr. and Hotaru Ferschke.

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Obama EPA will investigate coal ash sites

Posted: 01/14/2009 - The Obama administration will immediately begin to assess the hundreds of coal ash disposal sites at power plants across the country in the wake of two spills in Alabama and Tennessee.

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Want to be an Inauguration Day street reporter?

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Are you going to the inauguration? Do you have plans to go to an inauguration party or event around Knoxville or East Tennessee?

If so, contact the WVLT newsroom and ask for Michael Grider. We’d like to tell your story and even have you doing some “street reporting” from the nation’s capitol for VolunteerTV.com.

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Maryville Y-12 FCU robbed

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The Y-12 Federal Credit Union branch on West Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville was robbed late Wednesday morning.

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