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Business
9:29 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Family homes may be used to pay for TennCare

The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled the state can go after the houses and property of people who have died, even property left to family members, if money is owed for end-of-life care.  

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Morning Cram
9:58 am
Fri May 18, 2012

the morning cram [the rich friends edition]

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"...the bull has sent you a friend request."

NPR reports Facebook is only moments away from being publicly traded.

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Obion Clerk Refuses to Collect Fees
4:26 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Obion Clerk's Office No Longer Accepting Fire Fees

Obion County Tennessee Clerk Volle Boehms says her office has stopped collecting rural fire subscription fees because she thinks it is illegal. In January the county joined seven communities to establish a countywide fire protection service to residents outside town and city limits.

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Health Care
2:52 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Study: Many Tennesseans Can't Afford Doctor Visits

A recent study shows a large percentage of Tennesseans didn't see a doctor over the last decade because they couldn't afford to.

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Tennessee
9:25 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Tennessee State Revenue More than Budgeted

Tennessee has collected $190 million dollars more than budgeted so far this fiscal year. Finance and administration officials say April collections were 9.6 percent over those in April a year ago. Sales tax collections for April recorded their 25th straight month of growth. 

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Government
3:02 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

TRA Bill Passes House

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's proposal to overhaul the Tennessee Regulatory Authority has passed the House today. The companion bill passed the Senate last week. The two chambers must agree to a technical change before the measure goes to the governor. The TRA regulates utilities in the state. The bill would change the agency from a 4 member, full-time board to a 5 member, part-time board with a full-time executive director. Sponsors say the change will save the state at least $350,000 a year.

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Tourism & Heritage
9:05 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Tennessee Adds New Tourism Trail

Tennessee state tourism officials have launched a new driving tour through eight western counties.  The Screaming Eagle Trail travels 353 miles through Benton, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery and Stewart counties. It’s the 13th of 16 self-guided driving tours in the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways program.  There are 76 tourism sites along the route, including Fort Campbell, Fort Donelson, and the Loretta Lynn Ranch.

Business
8:04 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Flooding May Not affect Northwest Tennessee Port

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Project executives with the Cates Landing port on the Mississippi River in northwest Tennessee are optimistic that spring flooding will not affect construction.  Work on the multimillion-dollar Lake County riverport has been ongoing since 1999.

Education
7:52 am
Wed April 18, 2012

TN Governor Signs Parental Involvement Legislation

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed into law a proposal encouraging school districts to develop parental involvement contracts with students' parents.  Under the proposal, parents would agree to, at a minimum, review their student's homework and offer assistance when needed, sign report cards, ensure that their student is not truant.  They must also attend school functions, and make every effort to attend parent-teacher conferences.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the law is similar to a proposal Michigan passed in 2001.  Another measure advancing in the T

Tennessee
4:36 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Governor Expresses Concerns over Charter Schools Bill

Tenn Gov. Bill Haslam is expressing reservations about a bill seeking to cap the number of foreigners working at Tennessee charter schools.

The Republican governor says he is concerned about the measure headed for his consideration after passing both chambers.

Haslam says the state is trying to promote more science, technology, engineering and math classes in the state, and he doesn't want to close off a potential pipeline of teachers with expertise in those subjects.

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