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Smokies festival honors work of southern Appalachian women

Smokies festival honors work of southern Appalachian women

June 18th, 2015 10:02 am by Associated Press

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting the annual Women's Work Festival that honors the contributions of the women of southern Appalachia.

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Prosecutor: Worker discussed having convicts kill husband

Prosecutor: Worker discussed having convicts kill husband

June 18th, 2015 10:01 am by MARY ESCH, Associated Press

Authorities said a woman who provided hacksaw blades, chisels and other tools to two convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison discussed having them kill her husband.

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Midwest braces for remnants of Bill; Texas spared the worst

Midwest braces for remnants of Bill; Texas spared the worst

June 18th, 2015 10:01 am by CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press; JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press

An already-soaked Midwest on Thursday faced the prospect of more rain and flooding as a slow-moving tropical depression trekked northeast from Texas after drenching that state.

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Highlights of the pope's case for environmental protection

Highlights of the pope's case for environmental protection

June 18th, 2015 10:00 am by RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer

In a high-level, 190-page document released Thursday, Pope Francis lays out his theological argument on the imperative to curb climate change and protect the environment.

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UPDATE: Suspect in custody in fatal shooting at church in Charleston, SC

UPDATE: Suspect in custody in fatal shooting at church in Charleston, SC

June 18th, 2015 8:05 am by ALEX SANZ and DAVID GOLDMAN, Associated Press

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says a suspect is in custody in the fatal shooting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Authorities have called the shooting a hate crime.

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Haslam strikes defiant tone toward critics of gas tax hike

Haslam strikes defiant tone toward critics of gas tax hike

June 18th, 2015 7:39 am by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

Gov. Bill Haslam has a defiant message for groups lining up to oppose him on efforts to raise Tennessee's gas tax for the first time in 25 years: "Have at it."

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Feds charge Tenn. representative with fraud, tax evasion

Feds charge Tenn. representative with fraud, tax evasion

June 18th, 2015 1:47 am by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II and ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

Democratic state Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville has been indicted on federal fraud and tax evasion charges connected to an increase in the state's cigarette tax in 2007.

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9 fatally shot at historic black church in Charleston

9 fatally shot at historic black church in Charleston

June 18th, 2015 1:20 am by ALEX SANZ, Associated Press

A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, killing nine people in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime. The shooter was still at large.

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Report: Cold winter didn't slow down retail sales

Report: Cold winter didn't slow down retail sales

June 17th, 2015 9:00 pm by Hank Hayes

Retail sales increased in each of the Tri-Cities in the first quarter despite severe weather conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by the East Tennessee State University Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

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Rhododendron Festival marks yearly blooming of colorful flowers

Rhododendron Festival marks yearly blooming of colorful flowers

June 17th, 2015 12:56 pm by John Thompson, NET News Service

ROAN MOUNTAIN - This week marks the peak blooming time for the Catawba rhododendron at the 6,000-foot elevation level of the Cloudland Gardens. While called a gardens, the rhododendron grow wild and cover hundreds of acres.

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