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Walmart pleasure seeker barred from retail giant

December 2nd, 2010 4:54 am by Staff Report

The Florida man arrested after he was caught masturbating in the toy aisle of a Walmart with the aid of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue has cut a plea deal that bars him from future visits to the retail giant "or any store where children's toys are so

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Senate GOP says no jobless benefits extension until Bush tax cuts pass

December 2nd, 2010 4:49 am by Staff Report

The lame-duck Congress, mired in a partisan clash over taxes and spending and preoccupied with a battle over extending the Bush tax cuts, refused Wednesday to restore federal financing of extended unemployment benefits, which had lapsed overnight.The inac

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High jobless rate streak could break '80s record

December 2nd, 2010 4:39 am by Staff Report

Not since the early 1980s has the nation's unemployment rate been so grim for so long, a government report due Friday is likely to show.Many economists predict the report will say that November's jobless rate held steady at 9.6%, making it the 19th consec

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Chattanooga sweetens deal for Amazon.com

December 2nd, 2010 4:37 am by Dan Whisenhunt

Hamilton County commissioners sweetened the deal for Amazon.com on Wednesday, approving the county's portion of millions in tax incentives.Along with Chattanooga and Bradley County, Hamilton is hoping to lure the Seattle-based company into building two di

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Tea Party questions meter readings

December 2nd, 2010 4:35 am by Randall Higgins

CLEVELAND, Tenn. Local tea party members brought their concerns about remote electric meter reading to the Cleveland Utilities Board on Wednesday.A half-dozen members of the Bradley County Tea Party said they fear that information about their personal ha

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Plan could charge big bandwidth users higher Internet fees

December 2nd, 2010 4:33 am by Staff Report

People who spend a lot of time watching videos or downloading files from the Internet could pay higher prices as part of a controversial proposal that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski unveiled Wednesday.He will ask the five-me

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Judge finds East Tennessee man guilty in child porn case

December 2nd, 2010 4:24 am by Brad Hicks

ERWIN A Unicoi County man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor after images of children engaged in sexually explicit activities were discovered on his computer was found guilty of the charge in a bench trial held Tuesday in Unicoi County Criminal

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Sarah Palin brings Tenn. fans together at book signing

December 2nd, 2010 4:24 am by Bonnie Burch

BRENTWOOD Moments after leaving the executive-style wooden desk where Sarah Palin signed their copies of her new book, Nancy Henrich of Nashville and Janice Kay of Brentwood hugged each other as their eyes brimmed with tears. The two women didn't even

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Johnson CIty man pleads guilty in officer assault

December 2nd, 2010 4:17 am by Becky Campbell

A Johnson City man's two cases of attacking law enforcement were settled Wednesday, one by a guilty plea and one with an insanity defense.David Lee Roberts, 44, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and assault for a 2008 attack on Washington County Detent

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