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Study says Insure Tennessee could bring $1.14B to state
News Channel 9 Monday January 12, 2015

A University of Tennessee economic study commissioned by advocates for Medicaid expansion says Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee could create 15,000 jobs and bring $1.14 billion in new spending to the state. According to the study released Monday by UT's Center for Business and Economic Research, an estimated 200,000 of the 470,000 eligible Tennesseans would participate in Haslam's proposed version of Medicaid expansion. News Channel 9 reports the $1.14 billion figure comes from an estimated $5,705 in medical spending by each of those 200,000 people.

 
Lonnie Vann Pleads Not Guilty in Kidnapping, Murder of Campbell County Woman


Lonnie Vann Pleads Not Guilty in Kidnapping, Murder of Campbell County Woman
WATE/Peg Broadcasting News Monday January 12, 2015

Former LaFollette Middle School teacher Lonnie Vann has pled not guilty in the kidnapping and murder of Rhonda Daugherty. The Campbell County woman has been missing since December 2nd. Her body has not been found. WATE reports than Vann and Daugherty attended the same church and Daugherty’s husband is also listed as a grand jury witness called to testify about Vann’s alleged inappropriate conduct with a student in an unrelated case. Vann is scheduled to appear before the 8th Judicial District Criminal Court on April 14. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)

 


Tennessee Lottery announces million dollar jackpot winner in Morristown
WVLT Monday January 12, 2015

The Tennessee Lottery says it'll be a Happy New Year for a player who purchased a Powerball ticket in Morristown, now worth a cool $1 million after the drawing held Saturday, Jan. 10. The winning numbers were 02-09-19-28-29. The lottery office says the ticket did not match the Powerball number 19. Big news is also brewing about the growing Mega Millions jackpot, now at $246 million for Tuesday. No additional information is available about the Morristown winner until the prize is claimed. The owner of the ticket has 180 days to claim the prize.

 
24TH SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 17-18


24TH SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 17-18
TWRA Region 3 Sunday January 11, 2015

The 24th edition of the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival is set to be held Jan. 17-18 at the Hiwassee Refugee and at the Birchwood Community Center. The festival is a celebration of the thousands of sandhill cranes that migrate through or spend the winter on and around the Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood as well as an opportunity to focus attention on the rich wildlife heritage of the state and the Native American history of the area. The festival will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (EST) each day. Free bus shuttle service will be available from the Birchwood Community Center to the Hiwassee Refuge and Cherokee Removal Memorial Park each day. No public parking is available at the refuge. Music, special programs, food, vendors and children’s activities will be ongoing throughout each day. The American Eagle Foundation will be present for its always-popular live raptor show each day at 2 p.m. There will be a new presentation this year, Archeology in the 21st Century: A New Look at Hiwassee Island which will be held Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. Erick Baker, host of the new television program, Tennessee Uncharted, will be a first time musical performer at the event on Saturday from noon to 12:45 p.m. An official welcome and live music will start the programs each day at 11 a.m. Traditional heritage music will be played from 3-4 p.m. each day. (Photo Courtesy TWRA Region 3)

 


Tourism booms in 2014 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
WVLT/Submitted Sunday January 11, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed over ten million visitors in 2014, just the fourth time in 80 years and the first time since 2000. That was an 8% increase over 2013. Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw its highest annual visitation on record in 1999 when 10,283,598 people visited the national park.

 

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