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TVA's coal ash cleanup could cost $525-825 million

Updated: 02/12/2009 - TVA has spent $31 million in the six-and-a-half weeks since a storage pond rupture at its coal-fired power plant in Harriman covered 300 acres in wet coal ash. The costs of full cleanup are expected to be at least $525 million, and perhaps as high as $825 million, not including fines, awards or settlements in lawsuits, or the price to comply with any new federal regulations.

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Thousands without power after strong storms

Updated: 02/12/2009 - Thousands of KUB will spend another night without power after strong storms damaged power lines and power poles across East Tennessee.

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VW sketch shows sedan to be built in Chattanooga

Updated: 02/12/2009 - With construction of a Chattanooga assembly plant just started, Volkswagen on Thursday released a sketch of the mid-size sedan that will be built when production starts in 2011.

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New penny chronicles Lincoln's humble beginnings

Posted: 02/12/2009 - The first of four new pennies chronicling Abraham Lincoln's rise from a small Kentucky cabin will be put into circulation Thursday to honor the 16th president's 200th birthday.

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TVA spreads millions of tons of coal ash

Posted: 02/11/2009 - Long before a coal ash spill flooded a rural Tennessee neighborhood, the Tennessee Valley Authority was spreading million of tons of waste byproducts from its coal-fired power plants across the landscape -- in the form of recycled building materials.

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Smoking for children's sake: the dollars and sense of "sin" taxes

Updated: 02/12/2009 - The federal cigarette tax will more than double to pay for a major expansion of S-CHIP, the state's health insurane program for children of working parents who earn too much for medicaid but too little to afford private insurance. Some argue that "sin taxes" on tobacco, liquor and beer are appropriate, especially if their revenues promote more healthful lifestyles. But others, particular those who sell alcohol and tobacco products, believe that higher taxes are counterproductive; spreading the wealth without sharing the pain.

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High winds fuel fire in N. Knox Co., home destroyed

Updated: 02/11/2009 - Rural Metro firefighters discovered a house fire in Halls as they were responding to a report of brush fires in the area, according to Knox County Rural Metro spokesman Billy Kear.

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New trial date set for House

Posted: 02/11/2009 - The new trial for former death row inmate Paul House has been rescheduled to begin June 1.

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