A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT is in effect into Wednesday due repeated rainfall. A Flood Watch is in effect for our area until 7 AM Wednesday. Where there are more pauses in the rain, totals will be closer to 2 inches but some will receive at least 4 inches of rainfall total. Creeks and streams run high and areas with poor runoff could face flooding problems. Busy commute hours could face more slowdowns, with fog and standing water on roads as well.
Clinton, Anderson County (AP) -- Rural areas once served by "hometown" radio stations are losing ground to big companies, aided, in part by a licensing process that goes to the highest bidder.
The auction process, administered by the Federal Communications Commission, can last for weeks and sometimes ends with a final price tag in the millions.
According to the FCC, an auction ensures the license goes to the company that values it the most.
But those opposed to the method say it edges out small operators and forces others to reach out to bigger markets like Knoxville.
More than 100 FM frequencies nationwide, including one each in Oliver Springs and Pigeon Forge, will be up for grabs in March.
Early estimates indicate that the Oliver Springs license could go as high as $3 million to $5 million.
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