Mon December 10, 2012
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Tenn. Senator Gets National Media Attention for Fiscal Cliff Comments

U.S. Senator Bob Corker
Credit U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) —  Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is getting national media attention as he weighs in on tax reform negotiations.  Republican mavericks like Corker are pressuring their leaders to rethink some of the most contentious issues, like taxes.

Corker is being quoted saying Senate Republicans would probably agree to higher taxes for the wealthiest Americans if it leads to overhauling entitlement programs. Here’s what he had to say when he spoke to reporter Judy Woodruff recently on the PBS NewsHour.

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Thu December 6, 2012
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Tennessee's Violent Crime Victims Remembered

Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam
Credit State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WNOT) —Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam are hosting the 10th annual "Tennessee Season to Remember" this evening, commemorating victims who lost their lives to violent crime. The ceremony begins tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville. <?xml:namespace prefix = o />

Friends and families of victims are invited to attend and hang ornaments in memory of their loved ones on memorial wreaths. After the ceremony, the wreaths will be displayed at the Tennessee Tower.

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Wed December 5, 2012
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Gallatin Event "One-Stop" Shopping for Tennessee Veterans

Sen. Corker delivers remarks at the Hardeman County Veterans Day Ceremony in Middleton on November 11, 2011.
Credit Senator Corker

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is sponsoring an event Friday in Gallatin designed to connect military veterans and their family with needed services.

"Rally Point" will be one-stop shopping for Tennessee vets hoping to access services like VA claims assistance, vocational rehabilitation, education, employment help, mental health services, and home and business loans.

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Mon December 3, 2012
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264,000 Tenn. Students Truant in 2011, 9,000 Prosecuted

Professor Dean Hill Rivkin of the UT College of Law conducts research on the subject of truancy in Tennessee.
Credit UTK

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — More than 264,000 students were considered truant in Tennessee last year, according to researchers at the University of Tennessee.

In Tennessee, any student missing five or more days without adequate explanation is truant.

Professor Dean Rivkin at the UT College of Law, has examined truancy laws, data and enforcement across the state for the past four years.

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Fri November 30, 2012
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Enviro Group Questions $1 Billion Upgrade to Gallatin Plant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority over a Freedom of Information Act request for documents.

The environmental organization is trying to learn more about the utility's plan to spend nearly $1 billion to reduce emissions at its coal-fired power plant in Gallatin.

Louise Gorenflo with the Tennessee chapter of the Sierra Club notes that the Gallatin plant is nearly 60 years old. She says the group believes the cost of updating its environmental controls will exceed the value of the plant.

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