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Neighboring schools help Elizabethton as vandalized buses get repaired

Neighboring schools help Elizabethton as vandalized buses get repaired

February 4th, 2014 9:25 pm by John Thompson

While the Elizabethton City School System had the misfortune of suffering vandalism to nine of its 13 buses on Monday morning, the school system had the good fortune of being surrounded by school systems who were generous and willing to help.

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Governor Haslam discusses budget challenges

Governor Haslam discusses budget challenges

February 4th, 2014 9:18 pm by Gary B. Gray

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed $32.6 billion 2015 fiscal budget is balanced, but general fund collections are projected to come in below the current year by $126 million at a time when every dollar counts in his push for education and health care r

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Haslam calls his free community college initiative a Tennessee game-changer

Haslam calls his free community college initiative a Tennessee game-changer

February 4th, 2014 9:14 pm by Nathan Baker

Gov. Bill Haslam said his new education initiative to provide two free years of tuition and fees to graduating seniors at Tennessee’s community colleges and technical schools would be “a game-changer for the state.”

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FDA launching anti-smoking campaign aimed at youth

FDA launching anti-smoking campaign aimed at youth

February 4th, 2014 1:41 pm by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Tobacco Writer

The federal agency said Tuesday it is launching a $115 million multimedia education campaign called "The Real Cost" that's aimed at stopping teenagers from smoking and encouraging them to quit.

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Can Charter get 'future proof' against Internet TV?

Can Charter get 'future proof' against Internet TV?

February 4th, 2014 1:30 pm by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer

Charter Communications Inc.'s $38 billion bid to take over the much-larger Time Warner Cable Inc. is an attempt to future-proof its business by getting its foot in the door of millions more homes wired for Internet service.

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4 members of Kansas family killed in Nashville plane crash

4 members of Kansas family killed in Nashville plane crash

February 4th, 2014 10:39 am by The Tennessean

All four people on board died in the crash, authorities said, which spat flames 20 feet into the air along with a plume of smoke that could be seen for blocks and debris littered the ground 100 feet away in every direction.

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Haslam wants free community college tuition for high school seniors

Haslam wants free community college tuition for high school seniors

February 4th, 2014 10:24 am by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press

The new proposal would lower the current $4,000 lottery scholarship amount at four-year colleges to $3,000 for freshmen and sophomores, but increase it to $5,000 for juniors and seniors. The move is meant to encourage students to go to two-year colleges f

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City school board worried about cost of ETSU's sports plans

City school board worried about cost of ETSU's sports plans

February 4th, 2014 9:07 am by Nathan Baker

East Tennessee State University is clearly interested in hosting its athletic teams at Johnson City Schools’ sports facilities next year, but school board members are still looking to get contracts in place to keep the district from footing the bill.

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Man pleads guilty in attempt to take hikers hostage, gets probation

Man pleads guilty in attempt to take hikers hostage, gets probation

February 4th, 2014 8:43 am by Brad Hicks

In May 2012, Marcus Birchfield claimed to be a game warden as he approached a group of five campers in Unicoi County with a gun drawn and ordered them to get down on their hands and knees.

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Hill vows to keep pushing teacher bill forward

Hill vows to keep pushing teacher bill forward

February 3rd, 2014 9:26 pm by Nathan Baker

A local legislator’s bill to prohibit the Tennessee Board of Education from basing the granting and renewal of teacher licenses partially on students’ standardized test scores will continue on in the General Assembly despite the board’s recent reversal of

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