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Ex-housing official gets probation for stealing low-income housing funds

November 17th, 2010 4:43 am by Jamie Satterfield

A Knox County housing official's decision to steal from taxpayers to pay personal expenses had a federal judge scratching his head Tuesday."The first thing I thought when I read your (presentence) report is why on Earth didn't you just go down to the bank

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Three Unicoi Co. residents charged with TennCare fraud

November 17th, 2010 4:40 am by NET Staff report

ERWIN Three Unicoi County residents were indicted on charges of TennCare fraud for allegedly selling prescription drugs paid for with TennCare health insurance benefits, the state Office of the Inspector General announced Tuesday.Charged were Shannon M.

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McCain says billions can be saved from defense budget by cutting lawmakers' pet projects

November 16th, 2010 4:57 am by Staff Report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said billions of dollars could be saved from the defense budget by cutting lawmakers' pet projects, known as earmarks, and fixing troubled arms programs

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More charges against man in dog attack

November 16th, 2010 4:51 am by Don Jacobs

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Johnson City police investigating bomb-type devices placed at city residences

November 16th, 2010 4:48 am by Becky Campbell

Johnson City police are investigating three bomb-type devices thrown or placed at three homes over the weekend.The incidents occurred on consecutive days Saturday, Sunday and Monday and the homeowners reported seeing smoke or hearing an explosion. Polic

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Tenn. senators back freeze on special spending

November 16th, 2010 4:45 am by Staff Report

WASHINGTON Newly invigorated Senate Republicans, with backing from Tennessee's senators, are expected to take a small but symbolic step today to show that they're serious about curbing spending. They will formally back a moratorium on "earmarks," the

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Coach allegedly used stick to threaten student, hit students during workouts

November 15th, 2010 2:05 pm by Jesse Smithey

Suspended Central High School football coach Joel Helton allegedly used a stick to threaten a student during class and hit students during workouts, according to a letter in his personnel file.In a letter the News Sentinel viewed on Monday, Knox County Sc

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Tenn. nears deadline for registering juvenile sex offenders

November 15th, 2010 4:18 am by Brandon Gee

A familiar fight will take on new urgency when lawmakers return to Nashville next year and renew the debate over whether some juveniles who commit the most heinous sex crimes should be added to the state's sex offender databases. Members of the General

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Good jobs vanish, may never return

November 15th, 2010 4:11 am by Kevin G. Hall

WASHINGTON The well-paying, predominantly white-collar jobs that once sustained many American communities are disappearing at an alarming pace, keeping the unemployment rate stubbornly high despite the end of the Great Recession. More troubling, these

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