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2:43pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Governor Among Those Paying Tribute

Summit Named Sport Illustrated Sportswoman of the Year

 

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Renowned UT Knoxville Women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt has been named Sports Illustrated's sportswoman of the year.

The Hall of Famer has won more games than any coach in women's basketball, earning her 1,075th career victory Sunday.

Summitt announced in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, but says she’ll continue coaching as long as possible.

Governor Bill Haslam among those lining up to congratulate Summitt on the award.

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12:11pm

Mon December 5, 2011
Loss of Collective Bargaining Rights Seen as Key

Tenn. Teachers Union Membership Way Down

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of Middle Tennessee educators have dropped union memberships since state lawmakers stripped the organizations of collective bargaining rights earlier this year.

The Tennessean reports that membership in the Metro Nashville Education Association is down by about 500. Sumner County reports roughly the same number of educators there have also dropped union memberships.

Rutherford County seems to be an exception with only about 100 teachers dropping their union.

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11:50am

Mon December 5, 2011
Judge Says CCA is "Equivalent" of Government Agenc

Corrections Corporation of America Loses Another Round

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (AP)  --  A Nashville judge has ruled that private prison company Corrections Corporation of America must turn over more documents to a magazine that advocates for the rights of prisoners. Cortney Friarson is here with that story.

CCA argued that the settlement documents sought by the plaintiff were confidential and not connected in any way to the state.

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11:45am

Mon December 5, 2011
Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands of Verdicts At Risk

Judge Impaired on Bench According to TBI Files

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Four convictions connected to an East Tennessee sexual murder/torture case, including one death penalty, have been nullified because the presiding judge was reportedly drunk during the trial.

          Tennessee Bureau of Investigation records obtained by reporter Jamie Satterfield of the Knoxville News Sentinel show that a clerk or the district attorney routinely rescheduled former Judge Richard Baumgartner's daily docket when he was too intoxicated to work.

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12:29pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Cuts Will Impact Poor, Minority Students

Tightening of Scholarship Criteria Recommended

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) - A special panel of the Tennessee legislature has recommended cutting some students' college scholarships in half. The panel says the move will save Tennessee as much as $17 million a year.

The bipartisan Lottery Stabilization Task Force voted unanimously yesterday to reduce the lottery scholarship awards by 50 percent for students who do not meet both the standardized testing and high school grade requirements.

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