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Congress aims for short-term Homeland Security bill

Congress aims for short-term Homeland Security bill

February 27th, 2015 3:51 pm by Erica Werner and David Espo, Associated Press

With hours to spare, the Republican-controlled Congress struggled Friday to approve stopgap funding for the Department of Homeland Security in time to prevent a partial agency shutdown.

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Leonard Nimoy, actor behind Mr. Spock, dead at 83

Leonard Nimoy, actor behind Mr. Spock, dead at 83

February 27th, 2015 12:36 pm by LYNN ELBER, AP TELEVISION WRITER

Leonard Nimoy, world famous to "Star Trek" fans through a beloved cult TV series and a half-dozen films as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

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Potential Republican presidential candidates flocking to Tennessee

Potential Republican presidential candidates flocking to Tennessee

February 27th, 2015 10:43 am by Associated Press

Tennessee has kicked off a flurry of visits from potential Republican presidential candidates.

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Boone Lake drawdown leaves local businesses high, dry

Boone Lake drawdown leaves local businesses high, dry

February 26th, 2015 9:44 pm by Nathan Baker

While TVA crews work this summer to plug the source of a leak in Boone Dam's earthen foundation, marina and restaurant owners around the waterway will try to hold back the tide of escaping revenues.

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ETSU students stay active during surplus of snow days

ETSU students stay active during surplus of snow days

February 26th, 2015 9:37 pm by Tony Casey

ETSU spokesman Joe Smith said because it's been an on-again, off-again schedule with snow days to class days recently, the university hasn't done anything official to make sure students stay up on their studies, but with the amount of online classes, he e

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Lawsuit alleges Washington County jailers beat, sprayed, shocked inmate during argument

Lawsuit alleges Washington County jailers beat, sprayed, shocked inmate during argument

February 26th, 2015 9:31 pm by Becky Campbell

The Washington County Detention Center has another federal lawsuit to defend after an inmate filed a claim that his constitutional rights were violated by jailers he said used pepper spray and electronic shock to contain him during an argument, beat him u

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Brown buyout balked, but directives for director search discussed by Unicoi school board

Brown buyout balked, but directives for director search discussed by Unicoi school board

February 26th, 2015 9:25 pm by Brad Hicks

Unicoi County's Board of Education didn't move ahead Thursday with the buyout of Director of Schools Denise Brown's contract, but members did approve procedures they will use in their search for a new director.

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Black Caucus wants Butt stripped of position over Facebook post

Black Caucus wants Butt stripped of position over Facebook post

February 26th, 2015 9:20 pm by Richard Locker, Knoxville News Sentinel

The Legislature's Black Caucus on Thursday called on state Rep. Sheila Butt to apologize and to be removed from her House Republican leadership position for a Facebook post in which she said it's time for "an NAAWP in this Country."

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Tenn. GOP leader questions incentives for unionized GM plant

Tenn. GOP leader questions incentives for unionized GM plant

February 26th, 2015 8:44 pm by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Thursday that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract.

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Update: List of closings, delays for Friday, Feb. 27

Update: List of closings, delays for Friday, Feb. 27

February 26th, 2015 6:24 pm by Staff Report

The Johnson City Schools system has announced that its schools will open two hours later on Friday as the district deals with inclement winter weather.

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