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Higher education could get $500M from stimulus

Updated: 07/20/2009 - Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz says Tennessee higher education institutions could get as much as $500 million over the next two years under provisions of the economic stimulus package.

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Man convicted of child rape, incest

Posted: 02/18/2009 - A Hawkins County judge will sentence Daniel Ross McClellan on Thursday on his child rape and incest convictions.

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Baby abandoned at rural church in Marion County

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Stepping outside in the frigid air after a night of playing cards, Ben Lewis and his brother heard a baby crying somewhere down the road and followed the cries to a church on Suck Creek Mountain.

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Court martial of soldier in Iraqi detainee death

Posted: 02/18/2009 - A Fort Campbell soldier charged with premeditated murder is scheduled to face a military jury at Fort Campbell on a charge of premeditated murder in the death of an Iraqi detainee.

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Sheriff says trash cleanup is crime prevention

Posted: 02/18/2009 - ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) -- An East Tennessee sheriff says there's a correlation between trash and crime. Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Weeks has made a list of spots where his employees will pick up trash, including old car tires and gasoline tanks illegally dumped along roads. Weeks told the Johnson City Press experience has shown him trashy areas breed more than mosquitoes -- they breed crime as well. Harris said the department has cleaned up several illegal dump sites over the past few years. The sheriff said the cleanup is taking place in the winter to minimize the danger of workers being struck by snakes.

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Tennessee farms smaller and fewer

Posted: 02/17/2009 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports Tennessee farms are smaller and fewer in number than they were several years ago.

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Prisoner who left farm calls 911 for help

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Tennessee prison officials say an inmate who left a work detail at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary farm called 911 after getting lost in the woods.

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Middle school principal charged with drugs

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A middle school principal in Memphis faces cocaine and marijuana charges after police found drugs in a car they stopped for speeding.

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Marine reservists being activated

Posted: 02/13/2009 - JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Military officials have notified a northeast Tennessee U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Unit it is being activated.

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Suspected puppy mill raided in Sparta

Posted: 02/12/2009 - SPARTA, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities in White County say they raided a suspected puppy mill that contained 275 to 300 dogs.

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