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New UT Chancellor to deal with budget cuts, talks about focus

Posted: 02/02/2009 - The new University of Tennessee Knoxville Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Cheek says he knows he's going to have to deal with extreme budget cuts and faculty layoffs, and says his main focus will be on diversity, undergraduate studies and private fundraising.

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School bus slides off road in Claxton, no injuries

Posted: 02/02/2009 - An school bus carrying Claxton Elementary Students in Anderson County slid off the road around 11:20 Monday morning as heavy snowfall blanketed East Tennessee. Officials say bus No. 7 ran off Moody Hollow Road in Claxton, but no children or adults were hurt.

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Punxsutawney Phil says six more weeks of winter

Posted: 02/02/2009 - It's too bad Punxsutawney Phil isn't Knoxville Phil. If he lived here in East Tennessee and they were able to somehow get him out of his hole, he definately would not have seen his shadow.

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Girl,5, finds drugs stashed in her pants

Posted: 02/02/2009 - SURGOINSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities in northeast Tennessee have arrested a man they say stashed painkillers in his 5-year-old niece's pants pocket.

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Knox county deputy's cruiser catches fire

Updated: 02/02/2009 - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) ---A Knox County deputy was sent to the hospital to be checked out after his cruiser caught on fire Sunday night.

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Shelby County employee fired in probe

Posted: 02/01/2009 - MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Shelby County employee was fired and another retired as part of an investigation into motor-vehicle-registration practices at the County Clerk's Office.

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Studies show prison recidivism down in Tennessee

Posted: 02/01/2009 - CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Studies show 67 percent of Tennessee's criminal offenders re-offend within three years of their release from prison but initiatives that help released prisoners find work and a place to live are working.

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Record number receive health care services in local event

Posted: 02/01/2009 - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) ---A record number of patients received free health care services in Knoxville this weekend. Remote Area Medical treated nearly a thousand under and uninsured individuals at it's Chilhowee Park Clinic.

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FAA: 1 person killed in small plane crash

Posted: 02/01/2009 - MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says one man was killed when the small plane he was flying crashed Saturday, in Fayette County.

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Recession sidelines some Super Bowl spending

Updated: 02/02/2009 - The slumping economy's sidelined some Super Bowl fans spending. Shoppers say they've scaled back buying food, drinks, and other game day goodies.

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Smoky Mountains' `marrying minister' is retiring

Posted: 02/01/2009 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Rev. Ed Taylor, who's been marrying tourists in the Smoky Mountains for more than three decades, is saying "I do" to retirement.

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New UT chancellor to begin tenure in Knoxville

Posted: 02/01/2009 - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The University of Tennessee's new chancellor says he's planning to get a better understanding of the school by listening and learning with faculty, students and alumni.

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Large pieces of ice may fall in Kentucky

Posted: 02/01/2009 - Sunday's warm weather conditions, partnered with the aftermath of the ice storm may force large pieces of ice to fall to the ground.

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Police: Athens business owner dies following shooting

Posted: 01/31/2009 - ATHENS, Tenn. (WVLT)---Police say an Athens business owner is dead after being shot Thursday night. Investigators say Plastic Industry Owner James Jeffrey Beene, 58, called 9-1-1 just before Midnight Thursday saying he was holding a burglar at gunpoint.

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