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11:56am

Tue October 25, 2011
Huff Says He Had No Violent Intent

Conviction in Plot to Take Over Tennessee Courthouse

(AP) A Tennessee jury has convicted a Georgia man on federal firearms charge. Authorities say he was participating in a plot to take over teh Monroe County courthouse.

This morning in Knoxville, a jury convicted Darren Wesley Huff  of carrying a firearm with the intent to use it in a civil disorder this morning. They found him not guilty of using a firearm in relation to a second, more serious felony.

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11:49am

Tue October 25, 2011
Local Home Prices Not as Volatile

Home Prices Showing Signs of Life

(AP) Home prices rose in August in half of major cities surveyed; a sign that prices are stabilizing in some hard-hit portions of the country.

The Case-Shiller index shows prices increased in August in 10 of the 20 cities tracked. That marks the fifth straight month that at least half of the cities in the survey showed gains.

The biggest price increases were in Washington, Chicago and Detroit.      

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12:41pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Chinese Manufacturing Now Less Competitive

Jobs Shipped Overseas Rebounding to Middle Tennessee

A LaVergne company is among a small number of manufacturers starting to bring jobs back to America from Asia.

The reversal is the result of the booming Chinese economy losing some of its competitive cost advantages.

Four years ago, Pro Charging Systems of LaVergne outsourced manufacturing of several key components of its new line of battery chargers to China, including a plastic battery cover.

The company recently awarded that business to Pine Hill Plastics, a small manufacturer in McMinnville.

 

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12:32pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Sidelines Reporter Sees "Niche" Farming Future

Tennessee Farm Land Disappearing, Nature of Farming in Flux

WMOT partner Sidelines newspaper reports that the high cost of Tennessee crop land and taxes are making it difficult for the State's farmers to compete with large commercial growers out west. Tennessee are quickly moving toward "niche" farming; ag-enterprises that require little land to succeed.

12:28pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Goal to Train Every Officer in the State

TBI Provides Training in Human Sex Trafficking Cases

Special Agent in charge says 80 percent of Tennessee counties reported cases of human trafficking in the last 24 months; 72 percent of those cases involved the trafficking of children.

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