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Peabody hotel seeking help with famed ducks

Posted: 07/21/2011 - The Peabody hotel in Memphis is seeking an assistant "duckmaster" to help care for the five famed mallards. The person hired would assist Jason Sensat in feeding and tending to the ducks. The new hire also would guide the four hens and one drake on their two daily walks from their penthouse suite to the marble fountain in the hotel lobby.

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Tenn. unemployment rises to 9.8 percent in June

Posted: 07/21/2011 - Tennessee's unemployment rate in June increased to 9.8 percent, up 0.1 percent from the May figure. State Labor Commissioner Karla Davis said Thursday that the higher rate is a result of a "decline in employment combined with a slight expansion in the labor force."

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Founder of Tea Party Nation sued by hotel

Posted: 07/21/2011 - A Las Vegas hotel has sued the founder of Tea Party Nation, saying the Tennessee attorney owes a half-million dollars for a canceled convention. The Venetian Casino Resort filed a claim for $554,000 this week in Clark County District Court in Nevada against Judson Phillips of Franklin, according to The Tennessean. The hotel also seeks nearly $88,000 in interest.

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Bones found in Cumberland County identified

Updated: 07/21/2011 - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says they have tentatively identified the body of the human remains found in the woods in Cumberland County.

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Tennessee agrees to make legislature more accessible

Posted: 07/20/2011 - The state of Tennessee has agreed to make changes to the Legislative Plaza and the War Memorial Building to improve accessibility for people with disabilities after complaints were filed with the Department of Justice.

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Governor awaiting outcome of nurse licenses' probe

Posted: 07/20/2011 - Gov. Bill Haslam says he's awaiting the outcome of an investigation into whether lawmakers improperly intervened with a state board to help three nurse practitioners whose licenses were suspended.

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Nuke protesters deliver Bellefonte letter to TVA

Posted: 07/20/2011 - Nuclear protesters delivered a letter to the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, urging the utility to at least delay construction of a reactor at its mothballed Bellefonte plant in northeast Alabama.

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Injured soldiers learn to scuba dive in Keys

Posted: 07/20/2011 - Some soldiers and many family members are earning scuba certifications during the trip coordinated by the Texas-based Task Force Dagger Foundation.

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Army: Muslim soldier opposed to war is AWOL

Posted: 07/20/2011 - The Army says a Muslim soldier from Fort Campbell who won conscientious objector status but then was charged with possessing child pornography has gone AWOL.

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State provides battlefield grant to Franklin

Posted: 07/20/2011 - The $500,000 grant is provided by the federal government and administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation through the Transportation Enhancement program.

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$2M Microsoft gift supports Appalachian workforce

Posted: 07/20/2011 - Nonprofit groups in Appalachia will share a $2 million software donation from Microsoft aimed at training the workforce to compete in a knowledge-driven economy.

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Nissan to build electric car motors in Tennessee

Posted: 07/20/2011 - Nissan will build motors for its electric Leaf car at its engine plant in Decherd, Tenn. The company says production will start in 2013 and create up to 90 jobs.

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Aaron's buys 30 Crusader Rent to Own stores

Posted: 07/20/2011 - Aaron's Inc., which leases and sells home furnishings and appliances, said Wednesday that it purchased 30 stores from Crusader Rent to Own and will convert 29 of them into HomeSmart stores.

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Collecting Toys for Tots during Christmas in July

Updated: 07/20/2011 - Local chiropractor is giving back to the community by collecting items for the Marines' Toys for Tots program. Hosenfeld Chiropractor holds the collection twice a year.

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Report: Watts Bar vulnerable in disaster

Updated: 07/20/2011 - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently published a report looking at how the plant would hold up in a disaster like the earthquake in Japan and they found several issues.

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