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9:37am

Fri February 8, 2013
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Tullahoma Base Bracing for Defense Budget Cuts

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) — Officials at Arnold Engineering Development Complex are making plans to deal with potentially deep cuts to the federal defense budget.

Officials tell the Chattanooga Times Free Press that employee cuts are not anticipated, but other actions to reduce spending may be taken. They include a civilian hiring freeze, canceling non-essential flights and putting limits on supply orders.

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8:13am

Tue February 5, 2013
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Two Rutherford County Sheriff's Officers Resign

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Two officers with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office have resigned after separate DUI arrests.

According to The Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/14OPnSY ), one of the officers was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon while under the influence. He is 41-year-old Ronnie Pugh, who was a detention officer with the sheriff's department. Pugh was arrested Saturday by a state trooper.

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12:33pm

Mon February 4, 2013
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New Version of 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Filed in Tenn.

Senator Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, District 7
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would force schools to tell parents if their children have talked about being gay has set the stage for a new fight over social issues in the Tennessee Legislature.

Opponents call the legislation unnecessary and a government intrusion into family matters.

The measure was filed Tuesday by state Sen. Stacey Campfield and is already drawing attention. The Knoxville Republican made headlines in 2011 with similar legislation often called the "Don't Say Gay" bill. It proposed a ban on classroom instruction or discussion of homosexuality.

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8:31am

Wed January 30, 2013
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New Restrictions on Tennessee's Online Schools

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Haslam is proposing legislation that would place stricter enrollment requirements on online public schools established in Tennessee.

The administration bill would cap student enrollment at a so-called virtual school at 5,000 students, and initial enrollment would be limited to 1,500, depending on the school's performance.

According to the bill, if a school meets state guidelines for "student achievement growth," then it may exceed the initial enrollment limit.

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10:23am

Thu January 24, 2013
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Judge Orders Disclosure of Some DCS Records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge has ruled that the Tennessee Department of Children's Services must provide to the public the records of children who died or nearly died after the agency investigated reports they’d been abused or neglected.

Judge Carol McCoy is giving the department 10 days to redact confidential information from documents that serve as case summaries for four specific cases. The records then must be turned over to 12 news media organizations that sued under Tennessee's public records law, including The Tennessean and The Associated Press.

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