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State sees slight ACT improvement — Tennessee students increased their average ACT scores by a tenth of a point this year to 19.9 out of 36, but only a fifth of those who took the test were deemed ready for college in all four subject areas. Knox County Schools saw a slight decrease this year, to a 20.5, with 24 percent of students hitting college-ready scores.

Tennessee attorney general: Contracts with traffic camera vendors OK — The Tennessee attorney general has ruled cities can use photo-enforcement companies to issue traffic citations, clarifying an earlier opinion. Herbert Slatery, in his opinion Monday, said the state's statute that requires a certified police officer determine whether laws were broken does not mean that others cannot examine video images.

Replacement for Rep. Armstrong sought after felony conviction — A felony conviction Monday for state Rep. Joe Armstrong has left state and local Democratic leaders searching for a candidate to replace him on the ballot in the November election. Armstrong, who was convicted of filing a false income tax return, ran unopposed in his primary election last week and faced perennial candidate Pete Drew in the general election.

Tenn. couple in same-sex ruling quietly celebrates — By Megan Boehnke of the Knoxville News Sentinel No one recognizes Valeria Tanco anymore. No one recognizes her wife, either. A year after the Knoxville couple won a landmark case at the U.S. Supreme Court, when the justices ruled 5-4 that Tennessee and every other state must respect their marriage, the veterinarians now live in coastal South Carolina.

Ruling brought major changes for same-sex couples, weddings — KNOXVILLE - The blood tests had come back abnormal, and the doctors wanted to follow up with an MRI. So, Jon Coffee sat in a hospital waiting room in October, filling out paperwork. Emergency Contact: "Keith Swafford," he wrote. Relationship: "Husband."

Knoxville couple in same-sex ruling quietly celebrates year later — Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the high court's decision legalizing gay marriage across the United States. No one recognizes Valeria Tanco anymore. No one recognizes her wife, either. A year to the day after the Knoxville couple won a landmark case at the U.S.

University of Tennessee disbands Office of Diversity — The University of Tennessee has disbanded its Office of Diversity, including eliminating four staff positions and a $131,365 operating budget. The $445,000 cut comes after Gov. Bill Haslam allowed a bill passed by the General Assembly that defunded the office to become law without his signature Friday.

Knoxville to overhaul its aged zoning codes — By Megan Boehnke, Knoxville officials will move forward with overhauling the city's outdated zoning ordinances after Mayor Madeline Rogero agreed to find the roughly $300,000 needed to hire a consultant for the job. The funding will come from savings in the current budget cycle and an amendment will likely go before City Council in the coming weeks, Rogero said Friday.

Council oKs food truck ordinance

Passengers, pilot in fatal helicopter crash identified — PIGEON FORGE - A newlywed who recently moved to East Tennessee and her two grown children visiting from North Carolina were among the five people killed Monday when their helicopter crashed into a wooded ridge during a 12-minute sightseeing tour of the Smoky Mountains.
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Aug 26, 2016

So much news on today's front page. Great work by my colleagues @KNS_Hayes @gwitt & now frmr colleague @mjslaby

Aug 25, 2016

RT @knoxnews: #BREAKING: Two charged with first-degree murder in shooting death of Zaevion Dobson. 

Aug 25, 2016

@nathanhickey10 Not yet. I had to get them from each local district, and not all got back to me.

Aug 25, 2016

RT @KNSWatchfulEye: District Attorney General: 27-count presentment returned against 2 suspects in Zaevion Dodson murder. Both in jail on $1M bond each.

Aug 24, 2016

RT @KristiLNelson: Some South Knox County mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus. The county will spray there Thursday... 

Aug 24, 2016

@ngeidner Yes! At least for now. I'm told we may separate the beats again. Until then, I'll be returning to higher ed and UT.

Aug 24, 2016

@carigervin I've written one ed story so far on ACT scores & already had more calls/email than in my last three months covering city hall

Aug 24, 2016

Meanwhile, do please still send me your story ideas/tips for both education & city hall. I'll still chip in on political news here & there.

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