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Knox teacher likely to resign instead of being terminated

knoxnews.com — A Knox County teacher who has been placed on administrative leave with pay and told she has been recommended for termination by her principal in May said on Wednesday she "felt like she was under a microscope."
Aug 20, 2014

Nice scoop by @lydiaXmccoy Knox teacher likely to resign instead of being terminated shar.es/1nDCrV via @knoxnews

Tennessee targeting Memphis transfer Dominic Woodson

knoxnews.com — The Tennessee men's basketball team hopes to welcome former Memphis big man Dominic Woodson to its frontcourt soon. And there's a chance the 6-foot-10, 300-pound forward with three years of eligibility left could play this season. Woodson's name was added to the UT student directory on Wednesday, the first day of the fall semester.
Aug 20, 2014

Our final update on Dominic Woodson, who will start classes at UT tomorrow knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/bas…

Knox vice officers bust four women on prostitution charges

knoxnews.com — KNOXVILLE - Knox County's vice unit hit the Internet in search of escorts and netted charges against four women, including one who said she was there to provide security for co-workers. Detectives with the Knox County Sheriff's Office searched the Backpage.com website for escorts and decided to call a number listed for Brittany Valentine, 24, who gave a Dale Avenue address, records show.
Aug 20, 2014

Knox vice officers bust four women on prostitution charges shar.es/1nDbhG via @knoxnews

Warrants: Drunken man poses as Oak Ridge High student

knoxnews.com — OAK RIDGE - A drunken Sunbright man posed as an Oak Ridge High School student in at least two classrooms last week before he was nabbed in a school hallway by police during a class change. William Edward Lay, 25, somehow obtained a student's classroom schedule "and attempted to pass himself off as a student," according to arrest warrants.

Testimony: Alleged ghost employee didn’t do any work

knoxnews.com — No expertise required. That's what veteran Knox County Trustee's Office employee Robin Benton told jurors Wednesday about the process for selling surplus property. "Surplus sales are very easy," she testified in Knox County Criminal Court.

Matt Mercer moves to First Baptist Academy

knoxnews.com — Former boys' basketball coach at Grace Christian also will serve as headmaster at First Baptist.
Aug 20, 2014

Matt Mercer, former Central and Grace boys' basketball coach, finds a new coaching/leadership home ... knoxnews.com/sports/prepext…

Greg Johnson: Pigeon Forge mayor’s new job raises conflict questions

knoxnews.com — The city of Pigeon Forge invested beaucoup bucks in The Island. About $20 million in public money went for a parking lot for the private tourism development to share with the municipal events center. The city awarded The Island's developers, Darby Campbell and Bob McManus, a multimillion-dollar no-bid contract to oversee construction of its events center, and the city spent millions for infrastructure.
Aug 20, 2014

Hmmm. @jgregjohnson reports that the mayor of Pigeon Forge has been hired by The Island. bit.ly/1pe1iW3

‘Little or no work performed’

knoxnews.com — Delbert Morgan didn't pick the pockets of Knox County taxpayers. He lined them, his attorney told jurors Tuesday. Morgan, 58, is standing trial in Knox County Criminal Court on charges he bilked taxpayers to the tune of $200,000 in wages, bonuses and overtime he did not earn.