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Indictment related to mortgage fraud related to E. Tenn. property flips

December 24th, 2010 4:19 am by Natalie Neysa Alund

A federal grand jury has indicted an East Tennessee man on charges of conspiring to defraud SunTrust Mortgage Inc. in an alleged $2.4 million scheme that involved "property flips" in Sevier County.Jeffrey Whaley, 45, of Sevierville is charged in an indict

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Police say Christianburg killing premeditated, 'very violent'

December 24th, 2010 4:14 am by Staff Report

According to the Roanoke Times Christiansburg Police offered few new details Thursday in the killing of 25-year-old James Matthew McPeak. In a press briefing, Chief Mark Sisson said the incident was premeditated and "very violent," and the department will

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Study says fried fish linked to strokes

December 23rd, 2010 4:31 am by Staff Report

A USA Today report says the steep rate of death from stroke in a swath of Southern states often referred to as America's "stroke belt" may be linked to a higher consumption of fried fish in that region, new research suggests.A study published in today's N

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Gas prices near $3 a gallon

December 23rd, 2010 4:25 am by Staff Report

According to CNN Money, gas prices were poised Wednesday to top the milestone $3 mark for the first time since Oct. 17, 2008, as the national average compiled by motorist group AAA reached $2.997 a gallon.Gas prices have risen more than 4% from $2.872 a m

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Last-minute online sales surge gives e-tailers a happy holiday

December 23rd, 2010 4:18 am by Staff Report

USA Today is reporting that online retailers are celebrating huge sales increases this holiday season and are pulling out all the stops to be sure last-minute gifts arrive in time for Christmas.Some are even offering free shipping on orders placed as late

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Ky. man sentenced in sex case involving 16-year-old Franklin teen

December 23rd, 2010 4:09 am by Maria Giordano

A Kentucky man who traveled to Franklin in March 2009 to pick up a 16-year-old runaway was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison, according to a Franklin police. Ian Nelson, 28, was convicted in a Williamson County court of aggravated statutory rape,

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There's a new sheriff in Cocke County who's challenging old ways

December 23rd, 2010 4:06 am by Natalie Neysa Alund

NEWPORT, Tenn. - From cock fighting and moonshine busts to dirty politicians and corrupt cops, Cocke County's got a reputation. And its residents have had enough.With their newly elected sheriff, Armando Fontes, in command, some say that reputation could

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Modest growth forecast for 2011

December 23rd, 2010 4:02 am by Kevin G. Hall

WASHINGTON 2011 should be a happy new year for the U.S. economy, according to forecasts from mainstream economists, although their predictions over the past several years have been about as accurate as the local weatherman's. Most economists predict gro

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East Tennessee boy gets Christmas wish in dad's return from war

December 22nd, 2010 3:25 pm by Associated Press

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) All Jackson Marquis wanted for Christmas was for his daddy, Tech. Sgt. Zachary Marquis, to come home from Afghanistan. Little did Jackson know when he expressed his wish to Santa Claus Tuesday at a Maryville mall that Marquis was cr

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