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I-40 reopens through downtown Knoxville

Updated: 06/12/2009 - A nearly one-mile stretch of interstate through downtown Knoxville is now reopened after being closed for more than a year as part of the historic SmartFix40 project.

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Peabody Hotel sues Sharpton group over unpaid bill

Posted: 06/12/2009 - The Peabody Hotel in Memphis has filed a lawsuit against the Rev. Al Sharpton's civil rights group claiming some bills from a convention last year haven't been paid.

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Deaths linked to robes spark major recall

Posted: 06/12/2009 - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Blair LLC, of Warren, Pa., are re-announcing the voluntary recall by Blair of 162,000 women’s full length Chenille Robes. Since the recall was originally announced in April 2009, Blair has received reports of six deaths due to the robes catching on fire. Five of the six victims were female, and all five were cooking at the time of the incidents. Three of the victims were in their 80s.

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Sen. Alexander to play with KSO at Smokies 75th Anniv. concert

Posted: 06/12/2009 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) will play a medley of songs on the piano with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, June 13, at the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cades Cove.

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Gov. Bredesen cancels SmartFix40 trip to Knoxville

Updated: 06/12/2009 - Governor Phil Bredesen's office announced late Friday morning that the governor will not attend SmartFix40 re-opening ceremonies as planned Friday afternoon. "Due to continuing work on the state budget, Governor Bredesen will not be attending today's I-40 Smart Fix Re-Opening in Knoxville," an email from Gov. Bredesen's press secretary reads.

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Tenn. governor says GM wants large upfront payment

Posted: 06/12/2009 - Gov. Phil Bredesen is expressing doubt that Tennessee can afford the financial demands from General Motors to select its Spring Hill plant to build a new small car.

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Race for reopening of SmartFix40

Updated: 06/12/2009 - In preparation for SmartFix40, a huge crowd turned out Thursday evening for a one mile long footrace.

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Mercy scraps plans for South Knoxville waterfront hospital

Updated: 06/11/2009 - Mercy Health Partners says the study took six months -- but the real "180" didn't come, until two weeks ago. It will not build a new Riverside hospital on the South Knoxville riverfront, to replace the old Baptist Hospital closed last year.

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Are you ready for the Digital TV switch

Updated: 06/11/2009 - We are now just under 20 hours away from the big switch to digital television. But the National Association of Broadcasters says 1.75 million over-the-air TV households are not ready for the conversion. This coming the day before many TV stations nationwide go digital, including Volunteer TV. So are you ready? There are steps you need to take so you can continue to see programming here on Volunteer TV.

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U of Tenn budget ups tuition, tightens payroll

Posted: 06/11/2009 - The University of Tennessee is preparing to hike tuition by hundreds of dollars this fall, freeze salaries and operate with more than 500 fewer jobs on the five-campus payroll.

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