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Government programs help ex-cons find work

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Last week we introduced you to a Knoxville man who was having a harder time than even the normal person finding a job. Like thousands of fellow Tennesseans he was laid off. Despite wonderful references, multiple skills and a history of leadership, overcoming a felony conviction in his past is too much. But there are government programs available to employers that may help.

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TWRA finds problems with fish near fly ash spill

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Ash in stomachs, damage to scales and gills are just a few of the items on a laundry list of problems with fish swimming in the Clinch and Emory rivers around the fly ash spill.

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Job search: scam or opportunity

Updated: 01/13/2009 - If you're looking for a "plan B", a sign or an e-mail promising a work from home, make big bucks job, may be enticing. But you have to know what to look for or it may cost you more in the long run.

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Bush makes more money available for Inauguration

Posted: 01/13/2009 - President George W. Bush has declared an emergency in the District of Columbia that will let the nation's capital tap deeper into federal coffers for Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Corker says no regrets voting against auto bailout

Posted: 01/13/2009 - Sen. Bob Corker says he doesn't regret voting against a bailout for General Motors and Chrysler last month because he and other Republicans had their own plan to help the carmakers succeed.

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Foreign nuclear waste disposal ban proposed again

Posted: 01/13/2009 - SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Members of Congress will resubmit a bill Wednesday to ban the importation of foreign nuclear waste. The effort is primarily in response to an EnergySolutions Inc. application to import up to 20,000 tons of Italian nuclear waste through the ports of Charleston, S.C., or New Orleans for processing in Tennessee. After processing, about 1,600 tons would be disposed of in Utah. The proposal has drawn opposition from residents who say they don't want the state to be an international dumping ground. Some members of Congress objected to the proposal, saying space in nuclear dumps is needed for domestic waste. The same bill stalled in Congress last year. EnergySolutions contends it has plenty of space at its dump and that there's no scientific reason to keep it out. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Emory Road reopened after propane tanker crash

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Emory Road has been reopened after part of it was closed in both directions east of Maynardville Highway because a tanker truck hauling propane rolled into a ditch around 12:30 p.m.

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Tennessee issues order in TVA ash spill cleanup

Updated: 01/13/2009 - The state of Tennessee has put the Tennessee Valley Authority on notice that it will get no breaks in its $1 million per day cleanup of the massive coal ash flood from its Kingston power plant.

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Tennessee Waltz defendant William Cotton released

Posted: 01/13/2009 - Tennessee Waltz defendant William Cotton of Chattanooga has been released from federal custody after earning credit that shortened his three year sentence in the bribery and extortion case.

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3 arrested, charged in Best Buy stun gun robbery

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Three people are charged in connection with a December Best Buy robbery in which the suspects used a stun gun, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

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