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1 hr ago | WICU12 Erie

Two Tennessee juveniles who escaped still at large

On Monday, September 1, 2014, 32 teens escaped from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee. These photos were shared by Tennessee Department of Children's Services Commissioner Jim Henry at a community... On Monday, September 1, 2014, 32 teens escaped from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee.

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4 hrs ago | Business & Heritage Clarksville

City of Martin receives $100K TN Ag Enhancement Program grant

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson recently announced a $100,000 Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program grant to the city of Martin to help fund the construction of a new farmers market pavilion. Johnson presented the grant to Mayor Randy Brundige during the Mayor's Kickoff Luncheon at the annual Tennessee Soybean Festival at UT Martin.

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6 hrs ago | The Las Vegas Sun

Police: Tenn. father forced teen to drink alcohol

Police say an East Tennessee father forced his son to drink alcohol until he passed out as a punishment after he caught the 15-year-old drinking. WBIR-TV reports Sweetwater police have charged 35-year-old Mark Allen Hughes with aggravated child abuse and neglect and with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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Related Topix: Tennessee, Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law

Tue Sep 16, 2014

WKRN

Report: 2 men plot to impregnate, drug woman they both dated

Two men who reportedly dated the same woman are accused of plotting to impregnate, drug, and break her heart in hopes she would eventually kill herself. An incident report by the Murfreesboro Police Department states the plot came to light when the two men contacted the woman's current boyfriend, who then reported it to police.

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Dallas Morning News

Nissan may cut battery production with sales of electrics slow

As Tesla prepares to begin work on a giant new battery factory in Nevada, Nissan may cut its battery production because electric-vehicle sales remain sluggish, Reuters says. Nissan, which builds the Leaf electric sedan, has invested hundreds of millions in battery manufacturing plants - including one in Tennessee.

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USA Today

Sen. Alexander: Ebola as big a threat as Islamic State

An out-of-control Ebola outbreak in West Africa has Tennessee officials concerned about the nation's response to what could become a global health threat.U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Sen. Alexander: Ebola as big a threat as Islamic State NASHVILLE - An out-of-control Ebola outbreak in West Africa has Tennessee officials concerned about the nation's response to what could become a global health threat.U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1s4q4e0 Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., as raised more than $5 million and spent more than $3 million FEC records show.

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Related Topix: US News, US Senate, Republican, US Politics, Lamar Alexander, US House of Representatives, Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee, Nashville, TN, Liberia, Africa, World News

Schools Matter

To Chris Barbic: There Will Be No Civility for Child Abusers and Corporate Profiteers

When Tennessee received its $501 million Race to the Top grant, it also accepted the requirement to annually label the bottom five percent of TN public schools for turnaround or charter conversion. The Achievement School District was set up to administer this task, and Chris Barbic was hired away from his job as CEO of a total compliance Texas charter chain to be Superintendent of the new ASD.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

KLTV Tyler

Teen will serve time for killing sister, trying to hide evidence

A teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his 10-year-old sister will serve several years in a Tennessee Department of Corrections Youth Facility. The teen, who was 13 at the time, shot and killed his sister on a dare.

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Cybercast News Service

11 hurt when Tenn. school bus hits truck, tree

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says the bus carrying 32 students crossed a highway center line and struck a Freightliner truck Monday afternoon. The bus then left the roadway and hit a tree.

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The Jackson Sun

TDOT trims brush along Bypass, happens every 15 years

TDOT trims brush along Bypass, happens every 15 years The brush is being cleaned up by the Tennessee Department of Transportation Check out this story on jacksonsun.com: http://www.jacksonsun.com/story/news/local/2014/09/15/tdot-trims-brush-along-bypass-happens-every-15-years/15688481/ Drivers heading to North Jackson along the 45 Bypass may have noticed construction crews working their way down the bypass the last few days, clearing brush, knocking down trees and evening terrain. The brush is being cleaned up by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, according to Nichole Lawrence, the Region 4 Community Communications person for TDOT.

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WTVC

Chattanooga Awarded $400K Grant to Study Passenger Rail Options

The United States Department of Transportation is providing Chattanooga with a $400,000 grant to study the potential use of existing railways for a Passenger Rail system in Chattanooga. It is called a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant.

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Courthouse News Service

First GOP Tennessee Attorney General Named

Herbert Slatery III will become Tennessee's first Republican attorney general after the state Supreme Court picked Gov. Bill Haslam's counsel over the incumbent Robert Cooper Jr. Slatery was a lawyer in Knoxville for 30 years before going to work for the governor in January 2011. In his application, Slattery said his work experience makes him a good fit for attorney general.

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WAFF-TV Huntsville

Tenn. Supreme Court to name next attorney general

The Tennessee Supreme Court plans to announce its selection for the next eight-year term as attorney general on Monday. The candidates include incumbent Bob Cooper; Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser Herbert Slattery; state Sen. Doug Overbey; and private attorneys Gino Bulso of Nashville and Mark Fulks of Johnson City.

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WTVC

Tennessee voters to decide ban on income tax

Tennesseans are just weeks away from voting on a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax. That vote approaches as a new study from ratings agency Standard & Poor's suggests that rising income inequality has a stronger negative effect on the states most reliant on sales tax revenues compared with those with those more dependent on income taxes.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

WBIR-TV Knoxville

Grants help Tennessee health clinics expand staffing

Community health centers in Tennessee will receive $5.5 million in federal grants to add staff, stay open longer and expand services. The money comes Grants help Tennessee health clinics expand staffing Community health centers in Tennessee will receive $5.5 million in federal grants to add staff, stay open longer and expand services.

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Related Topix: Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Vonore, TN, Jacksboro, TN

Murfreesboro Post

Legal Aid Society providing free help for TennCare applicants

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee's largest non-profit law firm, announced today that it will provide free legal assistance to TennCare applicants whose applications have been inordinately delayed. "Many of these people have foregone necessary medical treatments because of TennCare's delayed response to their requests for coverage, a delay that has lasted 100 to 250 days - way beyond the federally mandated limit of 45 to 90 days," said Gary Housepian, executive director of Legal Aid Society.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

SFGate

News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

A portion of Interstate 65 in Middle Tennessee will be closed in both directions next weekend to remove a bridge that was damaged when a truck carrying gasoline hit a vertical support. The Tennessee Department of Transportation says it will close the interstate from Friday, Sept.

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Lebanon Democrat

Dozens turn out to roast retiring judges

Dozens of family, friends and colleagues gathered at Five Oaks Golf and Country Club on Thursday night to honor criminal court Judge David Durham and general sessions court Judge Robert Hamilton on their retirement. Dozens of family, friends and colleagues gathered at Five Oaks Golf and Country Club on Thursday night to honor criminal court Judge David Durham and general sessions court Judge Robert Hamilton on their retirement.

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Courthouse News Service

Republican's Blog Post May Have Been Libelous

An elected Republican in Tennessee who misrepresented on his blog that a Democratic contender had drug arrests must face defamation claims, an appeals court ruled. Stacey Campfield was a state representative during the 2008 elections and has since become a state senator.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

WGNS-AM Murfreesboro

Senator Lamar Alexander helps child care bill move forward

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander announced that an agreement has been reached between the Senate and House on the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014, legislation to expand access to and improve the quality of care for nearly 39,000 Tennessee children. "This bill helps a working Tennessee mother be able to pay for child care while she earns a degree so she can pay for it herself," said Alexander, the senior Republican on the Senate labor committee.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Lamar Alexander, US Senate, Republican, Tennessee

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