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7:23am

Thu January 3, 2013
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College Goal Tennessee Begins This Saturday at MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University's College Goal Sunday is moving to Saturday this year.

The program assists students who plan to attend any college to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Families should bring a copy of their 2011 tax return and their last paycheck stub for 2012.

The event is free. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.

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7:17am

Thu January 3, 2013
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Chattanooga Area Leads State Job Growth

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga has experienced job growth that led the state's major metropolitan areas in the last year.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, greater Chattanooga employment expanded by nearly 4,000 jobs from November 2011 through November 2012. The figure is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jobs grew by 1.7 percent in Chattanooga. Knoxville was second during the year, with an increase of 1.2 percent. Nashville came in third, increasing employment by 0.5 percent while Memphis reported no gain or loss.

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7:15am

Thu January 3, 2013
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Shelbyville's Tracy to Challenge U.S. Rep. DesJarlais

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — State Sen. Jim Tracy has officially announced that he will run for the congressional seat held by embattled fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

Tracy, of Shelbyville, made the announcement on Wednesday in Murfreesboro.

DesJarlais, a Jasper physician, won a second term in Congress in November despite revelations he had sexual relationships with patients and once urged one of them to seek an abortion. DesJarlais has rejected calls for his resignation.

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5:16am

Wed January 2, 2013
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TennCare doctors will see reimbursement boost

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Doctors who treat TennCare patients are getting a New Year's pay raise.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports practitioners in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics or a related subspecialty will start to be reimbursed at Medicare rates. On average, that is more than 25 percent above what they are paid now.

TennCare officials say that the boost will give qualifying Tennessee doctors an extra $55 million over the next two years.

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4:29am

Wed January 2, 2013
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US Army Corps to hold public meetings in Tenn, Ky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is planning four public meetings this month in Tennessee and Kentucky.

The meetings will give the public a chance to respond to plans to restrict access to hazardous waters adjacent to Corps locks and dams on the Cumberland River and its tributaries.

The first meeting is set for Jan. 10 in Grand Rivers, Ky.; the second is to be held on Jan. 15 in Nashville, Tenn.; the third on Jan. 17 in Baxter, Tenn.; and the final one is scheduled for Jan. 24 in Somerset, Ky.

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