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Clinic's closure cuts Knoxville abortion services by a third

A crowd of East Tennesseans gathered in Knoxville's Tyson Park Monday afternoon to celebrate the closure of a local abortion provider.

Volunteer Women's Medical Clinic closed earlier this month, after state legislators passed a bill that required doctors at abortion providers to hold admitting privileges at local hospitals.

According to The Tennessean, the doctor who held such privileges at VWMC recently died.

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East TN schools named "Reward Schools"

A handful of East Tennessee schools are making the grade with the Tennessee Department of Education.

Leaders released a list of Reward Schools Monday. It represents the top five percent of Tennessee's schools with the highest achievement and top five percent in overall growth. The measure is part of the new classification system implemented with Tennessee's federal "No Child Left Behind" waiver.

Governor Bill Haslam joined Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and others at an elementary school in Brentwood to reveal the list.

Knox Commission discusses future of CTAS

Knox Commission discusses future of CTAS

The fifteen Knox County employees who signed up to complete a continuing education class this year can still collect their bonuses of up to $1,000.

But Knox County Commissioners voted Monday to suspend the program in the future until an investigation in to the practice is complete.

The program, known as CTAS, first came under scrutiny when it was discovered several employees were awarded bonuses when they didn't complete the coursework.

 

The revelation prompted an ongoing investigation in to Trustee John Duncan's office.

Committee of six will work on Knox teacher survey

A six person committee has been designed to help guide the process of coming up with a survey for Knox County teachers.

Chairman Mike Hammond appointed Commissioners Tony Norman, Amy Broyles and Brad Anders to serve alongside three members of the Board of Education.

Chairman Mike Hammond says the board appointed Lynne Fugate, Pam Trainer, and Karen Carson.

The request for the survey comes after the controversial school budget failed to pass commission.

Now the schools and county want to survey teachers on what changes they'd like to see in the district.

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Powell Middle placed on lock-down after student brings toy gun to school

Administrators placed Powell Middle School on lock-down on Monday, after a student brought a plastic toy gun to school.

Officials shut down the perimeter of the middle school off Emory Road, after a witness called the school, and reported that someone was carrying a hand gun, while walking towards the school.

After Knox County Sheriffs office responded to Powell Middle School, they found the student who matched the witness' description and conducted a search. Deputies said they found a plastic cap pistol on the student.

Coupon conundrum

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Knoxville broadcasting community mourns loss of longtime ad man

Knoxville broadcasting community mourns loss of longtime ad man

The Knoxville broadcasting community is mourning the loss of one of its own.

Dick Sterchi, senior account executive with WNOX, died at his home Friday night, according to a release from the radio station.

The full release is below: