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Roane Co. inmates limited to educational TV programming

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(WBIR- Roane County) While most East Tennessee jails allow inmates some TV time, Roane County officials put a restriction on the remote controls, limiting television programming to educational channels for those behind bars.

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Manufacturer reopening its Harriman facility

A manufacturing facility that closed in Roane County in 2011 will reopen in 2014.

operated a a long product finishing facility in Harriman that was shut down in 2011 due to poor market conditions. The company announced Thursday they will reopen the location by April 2014, and will hire 61 new employees over the next two years.

Your local weather forecast from the WBIR weather team.

Your local weather forecast from the WBIR weather team.

Thursday: Rain moving in during the morning hours and continuing into the afternoon. Rain is then expected to change to light snow by mid-to-late afternoon as temperatures start to fall. A light accumulation or dusting is possible Thursday night with some icy or slick roads possible. Highs in the lower 40s, but falling to near freezing by evening.

Roane Co. moves forward after coal ash spill

(WBIR) Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of the Kingston Coal Ash Spill.

On a frigid morning, back in 2008, an outer wall to the coal ash pond at the Kingston Fossil Plant collapsed, pouring millions of gallons of coal ash into the Clinch and Emory rivers.

The clean-up process is still going on.

"We were like any small town," said Kingston Mayor Troy Beets of the city before the spill occurred.

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Sailor surprises sister at UT graduation

By Ashley Izbicki, WBIR

Nearly 2,000 graduates in black caps and gowns received their diplomas at the University of Tennessee Friday, but one journalism and electronic media major had no idea her younger brother, who has been deployed for the past 16 months, flew home to surprise her on stage.

Wet summer means lower electricity bills, TVA says

Wet summer means lower electricity bills, TVA says

By The Tennessean, WBIR

While heavy rain in the summer might have ruined lots of cookouts and picnics, for Tennessee electricity customers the cloudsthat brought the rain came with the proverbial silver lining.

Hydroelectric dams have been in overdrive for much of the year, producing cheap energy that has brought down energy bills across the state.

Kingston private practice to close due to Affordable Care Act

(WBIR-Kingston) Practitioners have less than a month to meet new standards under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

However, some East Tennessee private practices are choosing to leave the business instead.

Dr. Robert Parker of Parker Family Eyecare in Kingston will close his private practice by the end of the month. He spent three years at the Race Street location.

Parker said it is too burdensome to meet the new federal requirements.

"It became pretty obvious to me that the better choice was not to continue," Parker said.