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House majority leader believes Tenn. voucher plan has a shot

House majority leader believes Tenn. voucher plan has a shotThe measure is similar to one proposed last year by Gov. Bill Haslam that passed the Senate, but failed in the House after attempts to expand its eligibility.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Politics

Alexander critical of budget that doesn't pay for Chickamauga Lock repairs

Alexander critical of budget that doesn't pay for Chickamauga Lock repairsIf the lock closes, river traffic cannot get to and from Knoxville. There are 118 barge terminals on the Tennessee River above the Chickamauga Dam.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
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Ex-Trustee Lowe's request to seat out-of-town jury denied

Ex-Trustee Lowe's request to seat out-of-town jury deniedTrial still set for early April
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  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Politics

Lawmaker wants to make Bible official book of Tennessee

Lawmaker wants to make Bible official book of TennesseeAccording to the Bean Station Republican's legislation, the Holy Bible would be "designated as the official state book."
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Money

Local educators react to Governor Haslam's $100 million pay raise proposal

Local educators react to Governor Haslam's $100 million pay raise proposalGovernor Bill Haslam has promised to use $100 million in next year's budget for teacher pay raises. This follows a promise he made one year ago that Tennessee teachers haven't forgotten.
  • Money
  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Politics

Tenn. superintendents seek to keep higher standards intact

Tenn. superintendents seek to keep higher standards intactThe group is asking lawmakers not to change the state's Common Core academic standards this legislative session.
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  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Politics

Corker decides against 2016 presidential bid

Corker decides against 2016 presidential bidRepublican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says he has no plans to run for president.
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  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Politics

7 things that Gov. Haslam's budget would do in Tennessee

7 things that Gov. Haslam's budget would do in TennesseeGov. Bill Haslam unveiled his 2015-2016 budget proposal on Monday. Here are the highlights:
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Local

Lawmakers to debate where you can carry & what you pay for guns

Lawmakers to debate where you can carry & what you pay for gunsThe state legislature is back in session with guns up for debate. There are several possible bills are on the table, including a sales tax holiday for firearms and an effort to allow handgun permit holders to carry their weapons in local parks.
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  • 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Local

Former trustee charged with theft wants out-of-town jury

Former trustee charged with theft wants out-of-town juryThe attorney for former Knox County Trustee Mike Lowe argued Monday that "pervasive and inflammatory" media coverage and his client's "unique name dynamic" will prevent him from getting a fair trial if local residents sit on the jury.
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  • 2 weeks, 5 days ago
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MTSU poll shows Tennesseans split on proposed abortion rules

MTSU poll shows Tennesseans split on proposed abortion rulesThe results show that Tennessee residents are split on what a doctor should be required to say and show to a woman before she undergoes an abortion.
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  • 3 weeks ago
Politics

'Lady Vols Day on the Hill' to oppose name change

'Lady Vols Day on the Hill' to oppose name changeWomen's athletics teams currently are called Lady Vols, but moving forward they will be called the Volunteers
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  • 3 weeks ago
Elections

Tenn. Republican Party leaders reject closed primaries

Tenn. Republican Party leaders reject closed primariesThe panel voted 37-29 Saturday against the plan to require party registration to vote in primary contests
  • Elections
  • 3 weeks ago
Money

Haslam: Gas tax proposal won't be ready until next year

Haslam: Gas tax proposal won't be ready until next yearTennessee's 21.4-cents-per-gallon gas tax hasn't been raised in 25 years
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  • 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Politics

Knox Co. Commission to discuss hiring lobbyist

Knox Co. Commission to discuss hiring lobbyistLobbying firm pondered to represent Knox County
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  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago
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Knox County Commission considers lobbyist

Knox County Commission considers lobbyistThe Knox County Commission will soon discuss hiring a county lobbyist, something it used to have.
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  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Health

Local family: Insure TN was our only option for healthcare

Local family: Insure TN was our only option for healthcareAn East Tennessee military family said Governor Bill Haslam's 'Insure Tennessee' plan was their only option for health care and now that option is gone.
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  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Politics

6 senators voting against Insure Tenn. have state insurance

6 senators voting against Insure Tenn. have state insuranceThe plan would have extended health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans
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  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Health

Officials ponder next move with Insure Tennessee now dead

Officials ponder next move with Insure Tennessee now deadTennessee will not expand health benefits to hundreds of thousands of low-income residents, with state senators rebuking Gov. Bill Haslam's controversial health care proposal
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  • 3 weeks, 3 days ago
News

Burchett to force E-911 radio discussion, investigate appointment

Burchett to force E-911 radio discussion, investigate appointmentCounty mayor says board members owe the public an explaination
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  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Politics

Millions spent in final days before Tennessee abortion vote

Millions spent in final days before Tennessee abortion voteCampaigns on both sides spent more than $6 million, largely on advertising, in the weeks leading to the Nov. 4 election.
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  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
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Insure Tennessee: What you need to know

Insure Tennessee: What you need to knowThe Tennessee General Assembly is set to debate Insure Tennessee less than a week after a similar plan from Indiana won final federal approval
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  • 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Politics

MTSU poll: Public unaware about Insure Tennessee

MTSU poll: Public unaware about Insure TennesseeThe legislature will begin a special session on Monday to consider Haslam's plan to extend health care coverage
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  • 4 weeks ago
Politics

McIntyre to testify before U.S. Senate on education

McIntyre to testify before U.S. Senate on educationFederal leaders looking to revamp No Child Left Behind invited Knox County Superintendent Jim McIntyre to testify before them on Tuesday.
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  • 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Politics

Haslam Medicaid plan faces long odds in House committee

Haslam Medicaid plan faces long odds in House committeeThe House Speaker plans to send Insure Tennessee proposal to three committees during the special session
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  • 1 month ago
Health

5 takeaways from Insure Tennessee presentation

5 takeaways from Insure Tennessee presentationGov. Bill Haslam is on the road to pitch his controversial plan to expand health benefits
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  • 1 month ago
Health

Governor address concerns about Insure Tennessee

Governor address concerns about Insure TennesseeThe plan was introduced in December and aims to provide 200,000 Tennesseans with health coverage.
  • Health
  • 1 month ago
Politics

Knox commissioners vote to meet later in the day

Knox commissioners vote to meet later in the dayIn an effort to be more accessible to the public, Knox County commissioners voted Monday to start meeting later in the day.
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  • 1 month ago
Politics

Tennessee GOP calls emergency meeting on open primaries

Tennessee GOP calls emergency meeting on open primariesCurrently in Tennessee voters don't need to register by party and they can choose which primary to vote in
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  • 1 month ago
News

Proposed bill to ban passenger drinking opposed by some

Proposed bill to ban passenger drinking opposed by someTennessee is one of only 7 states that hasn't made drinking alcohol in a vehicle illegal for both the drivers and for passengers. One reason it's failed, prosecutors like District Attorney General Dave Clark are not behind it.
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  • 1 month ago