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Former Top Haslam Adviser Lands $120K State Museum Contract

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s former chief of staff, Mark Cate, will earn $120,000 per year as a “project coordinator” developing the new Tennessee State Museum to be built near the state Capitol. The Knoxville News Sentinel obtained details of the … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Seeks $55 Million for Coal Ash Cleanup Workers

  A new federal lawsuit seeking $55 million in damages has been filed on behalf of 11 workers who say they suffered health damage from cleaning up the Kingston coal ash spill. The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1UvIEHy ) reports that … Continue reading

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148 Former Lawmakers Covered by State Insurance Plan

Tennessee records show that there are more former lawmakers enrolled in the health insurance plan for state employees than current lawmakers. The Knoxville News Sentinel cited records from the state office of benefits administration in reporting that 148 former lawmakers are … Continue reading

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State takes 53 Hemp Applications

Tennessee’s Department of Agriculture says it has received 53 applications seeking approval to grow industrial hemp.  The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1CFrlZc) reports the applicants will serve as test cases for the state law if the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration gives … Continue reading

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Over 13 Different Mammals Occupy Fall Creek Falls

A volunteer survey says there is a rich diversity of mammals ranging through Fall Creek Falls State Park. A report on the 2013 effort says at least 13 mammal species were spotted at the park. Some 42 volunteers manned remote … Continue reading

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Political Action Committees Spent $10 Million on Tennessee Elections

Tennessee Registry of Election Finance reports show political action committees spent more than $10 million to influence elections of candidates for office last year. The Knoxville News Sentinel cited the data in reporting that direct donations had decreased from the … Continue reading

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UT Releases Four Years’ Worth of Sex Assault Data

The University of Tennessee has released statistics showing the number of student sex assaults more than doubled in four years. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the university released its data last week to all students, faculty and staff. UT spokeswoman … Continue reading

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Environmental Groups Concerned about TVA Landfill

Environmental groups are criticizing a plan by the Tennessee Valley Authority to expand a Kingston landfill used for waste from its coal-burning power plant there. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports at least a half dozen groups have expressed concerns that … Continue reading

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TVA says Incentives to Remain Secret

The Tennessee Valley Authority has declined to release the incentives it awarded an auto parts maker that is expanding in Clinton. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the newspaper requested the documents after the $81 million expansion in the East Tennessee … Continue reading

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Former Senator Drained Taxpayer-Funded Account

Before leaving office, former Sen. Stacey Campfield drained a taxpayer-funded account by sending a farewell letter to constituents and transferring funds to three other senators. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Campfield spent $2,248 on the letter to 7th District residents … Continue reading

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