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Tue December 6, 2011
Small, Private Institutions Voice Unease

More Concern About Scholarship Reductions


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposed reduction in state-funded college scholarships worries students and administrators at some of Tennessee's small private institutions.

Projections show the HOPE scholarship fund will be operating in the red within a few years. A legislative task force was convened to suggest solutions.

Their recommendation to legislators is to reduced scholarship payouts by requiring applicants to meet both the high school grade point and college entrance exam benchmarks to get the full award.

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Tue December 6, 2011
Environmentalist Suggests Caution

Haslam Wants Quicker Chicken Farm Permitting


FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s working to speed up the environmental permitting system for poultry farms.

The governor noted in a speech to the Farm Bureau in Franklin yesterday that his goal is for the state to strike a balance between environmental stewardship and promoting jobs and production in the agricultural sector.

Poultry is Tennessee's third largest agricultural product, after cattle and soybeans.

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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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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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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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