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AT&T agrees to buy DirecTV in $48.5B deal

AT&T agrees to buy DirecTV in $48.5B deal

May 18th, 2014 6:16 pm by Associated Press

AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which agreed to a me

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Government fines GM maximum $35M in safety case linked to 13 deaths

Government fines GM maximum $35M in safety case linked to 13 deaths

May 16th, 2014 12:03 pm by JOAN LOWY and TOM KRISHER, Associated Press

It's the maximum penalty that the government can impose and the first time an automaker has been fined that much.

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Potential Young Farm developer pulls out

Potential Young Farm developer pulls out

May 15th, 2014 9:13 pm by Nathan Baker

The developer of the Young Farm site, an empty tract of land off Interstate 26's Exit 17 where local officials plan a large retail shopping center, is no longer affiliated with the project.

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High bidder stuck in limbo after city hall auction in Bluff City

High bidder stuck in limbo after city hall auction in Bluff City

May 15th, 2014 10:31 am by Nick Shepherd, NET News Service

Sherry Grubb put in the winning bid for the old city hall building in Bluff City, and now she wonders why the Board of Mayor and Aldermen has yet to approve the sale.

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28 percent water rate hike in Unicoi brings controversy

28 percent water rate hike in Unicoi brings controversy

May 15th, 2014 10:19 am by Brad Hicks

A notice was recently sent to Unicoi Water Utility District customers advising them of an upcoming rate increase, but two former district commissioners contend this letter is misleading, and the stated reason for the increase is inaccurate.

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Your Turn: Should children be working on family tobacco farms?

Your Turn: Should children be working on family tobacco farms?

May 14th, 2014 12:37 pm by Associated Press

An international rights group is pushing the federal government and the tobacco industry to take further steps to protect children working on U.S. tobacco farms.

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The Band Perry, family get down to Business Hall of Fame

The Band Perry, family get down to Business Hall of Fame

May 13th, 2014 11:37 pm by Max Hrenda

Although The Band Perry has received several awards for their work as country music performers, they may not be as accustomed to people praising them for their business acumen.

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Planned shopping complex at I-26/I-81 junction renamed Tri-Cities Crossing

Planned shopping complex at I-26/I-81 junction renamed Tri-Cities Crossing

May 12th, 2014 1:58 pm by Hank Hayes, NET News Service

In March 2013, Taylor announced plans for Heritage Point Towne Center, a prospective shopping complex with one million square feet of retail, entertainment and dining facilities at the Interstate 81/26 interchange.

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U.S. stocks rise, pushing market to record levels

U.S. stocks rise, pushing market to record levels

May 12th, 2014 11:21 am by STEVE ROTHWELL, AP Markets Writer

Stock rose on Monday, pushing U.S. market indexes to all-time highs, as investors bought some of the unloved stocks that have been slumping in recent weeks.

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Police add texting to crisis negotiation arsenal

Police add texting to crisis negotiation arsenal

May 11th, 2014 7:13 pm by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press

Police negotiator Andres Wells was doing all he could to keep a suspect from committing suicide after a gas station robbery and 100 mph chase. But the man kept cutting phone calls short and pointing his handgun to his head.

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