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Commissioners: downsizing body could give minority voters fewer voices

Posted: 11/05/2008 - Charter Amendment #3 bans Knox County commissioners from voting on issues in which they hold a personal or financial interest. They also are prohibited from hiring their relatives. Voters will downsize the commission body from 19 members to 11: one Commissioner per district plus two new at-large members. Commissioners claim the downsizing re-raises questions regarding term limits and district lines, and raises new issues governing minority representation.

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Republicans take state house and senate

Updated: 11/05/2008 - For the first time since the immediate years following the end of the Civil War, the Republican party is now in charge of both the Tennessee house and senate. Needless to say the party is very excited about the change. But you may not see a lot of financial difference.

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Restaurant owner has questions about liquor by the drink law

Posted: 11/05/2008 - Knox Countians spoke overwhemingly in favor of liquor by the drink. But one restaurant owner, who planned to apply for a liquor license Wednesday, will be making a few more phone calls before he starts selling wine and spirits in his restaurant.

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East Tennessee deputy shares his story after being injured in fiery crash

Updated: 11/05/2008 - Remember the Jefferson County deputy who survived a fiery car crash last month? It''s hard to believe Michael Ramsey lived to tell this story. Michael says he can't remember the crash, but he told us he'll never forget the love and support countless people have given him during his recovery.

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Stocks plunge anew as recession worries resurface

Updated: 11/05/2008 - A case of post-election nerves has sent stocks plunging as investors, again anxious about a recession, are wondering what impact a Barack Obama presidency will have on business and the overall economy. Volatility has returned on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones industrials falling 486 points to the 9,139 level, and all the major indexes tumbling more than 5 percent. Stay connected to Volunteer TV News and for continuing coverage of this developing financial news story.

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Best-selling author, ER creator Michael Crichton dies

Updated: 11/05/2008 - Best-selling author, and creator of the TV series "ER" Michael Crichton has died, according to the author's Web site. Crichton died Tuesday in Los Angeles. According to Entertainment Tonight, Crichton was battling cancer.

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Knox County election results

Updated: 11/05/2008 - Knox County voters shook up Knox County government as they headed to the polls on Election Day by passing a charter amendments that will shrink the size of Knox County commission in 2010, pave the way for a Charter Review Committee, and approved a liquor-by-the-drink referendum. However, voters rebuffed an effort to put the choice for three county fee offices into the hands of the Knox County mayor.

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McCain concedes presidency, congratulates Obama

Updated: 11/05/2008 - Republican John McCain concedes the presidential race to Barack Obama, saying the Democrat has achieved a "great thing" for himself and the country with his historic victory.

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State Senate District 12 full of negative advertising

Updated: 11/04/2008 - A Tennessee senate race in rural east Tennessee has passed the stage of heating up, it's red hot. Negative ads were all across the airwaves as Becky Ruppe and Ken Yager battled it out for the tennessee senate district twelve seat.

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