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Businessman burglarized twice after home burns

Posted: 12/16/2008 - December has not been a merry month for Johnson City businessman Chuck Mason. Last week his home burned, and over the weekend his business, Chuck Mason Equipment was burglarized twice.

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Plumber gets pretrial diversion in whiskey case

Posted: 12/16/2008 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Just in time for a holiday toast, a Nashville-area plumber has escaped a jail sentence and fine on charges he illegally possessed up to $1 million worth of Jack Daniel's whiskey.

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Rural Metro Fire Department pulls out of Loudon County

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Some big concerns for people living near Knox County in Loudon County. Rural Metro is pulling out of the county leaving many residents worried fire protection will come with longer response times.

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Erin McLean sentenced to 95 days in jail

Updated: 12/16/2008 - It's now Erin McLean's turn behind bars. A Knox County Judge sentenced her to 95 days in jail as part of her conviction on 17 contempt charges. That's five days more than her ex-husband Eric received after his conviction of reckless homicide in the shooting death of her teenage lover.

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Wilson tells GOP panel he opposes Tenn. income tax

Posted: 12/15/2008 - Comptroller candidate Justin Wilson, who as deputy to then-Gov. Don Sundquist spearheaded unsuccessful efforts to pass a state income tax, now says he doesn't believe the levy is appropriate for Tennessee.

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Weapons permits will apply to Smokies

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The National Park Service will allow weapons to be carried in the Smokies after the overturning of a federal rule restricting weapons in national parks and wildlife refuges.

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Man poses as bail bondsman, falsely arrests man

Posted: 12/15/2008 - JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Johnson City police have arrested a North Carolina man they say posed as a bail bondsman, handcuffed another man for nine hours and drove him through several states.

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Diversity increases in Nashville suburbs

Posted: 12/15/2008 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Recent U.S. Census numbers show Nashville's suburbs have become dramatically more diverse over the last seven years.

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Ceremony remembers homeless who died

Posted: 12/15/2008 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- At least 22 people in Nashville who died homeless during the past year were remembered in a weekend ceremony along the Cumberland River.

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Tenn. electors affirm presidential race votes

Posted: 12/15/2008 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee delegation to the Electoral College will gather in the Legislature's House chamber to affirm its votes cast in last month's presidential election.

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Nativity Pageant celebrates 40 years

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Forty years ago, four Knoxville women had a vision for a live nativity play. Now four decades later, the Knoxville Nativity Pageant is bigger than ever, and still bringing the community the true meaning of Christmas.

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Rx: Ailing automakers failed bailout

Posted: 12/14/2008 - Where you stand on the failed bailout depends on whose car you call your own. One Ford dealer is far less worried than his Chevy and Chrysler counterparts.

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