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Tenn. counties sue AT&T over 9-1-1 fees

Tenn. counties sue AT&T over 9-1-1 fees

Several Tennessee counties are suing AT&T, alleging the telecommunications company failed to collect 9-1-1 fees.

The Blount and Roane County communications districts are part of the lawsuit. It's filed with the U.S. Federal Court in Chattanooga, under the Tennessee False Claims Act.

The lawsuit alleges that AT&T broke state law and tried to gain a competitive advantage by failing to collect and report 9-1-1 charges from customers. That money is given to the emergency communications districts, and it's an essential part of their operating budgets.

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2 former non-profit directors indicted on theft charges in Roane Co.

2 former non-profit directors indicted on theft charges in Roane Co.

A Roane County grand jury has indicted two former non-profit directors on theft charges. The indictments follow a TBI investigation that began in September 2010, after the district attorney general's office learned of possible misuse of funds at Community Health Network, or CHN.

The state comptroller's office performed an audit that found Director Keith Williams and Assistant Director Paul Monroe mismanaged more than $1.2 million in federal grant funds. Prosecutors say Williams gave himself an unauthorized bonus of more than $80,000, and Monroe wrote himself a $10,000 bonus.

Mother and daughters open Oliver Spings gift shop

Mother and daughters open Oliver Spings gift shop

An Oliver Springs family wanted a place close by where they could shop for gifts so they opened their own store.

"It's just something we've always loved and always been interested in so it's just a dream come true for us," Sheila Johnson said.

Depending on who you ask, it took either 5 years or 7 years for that dream to become an actual store in Oliver Springs.

Woman killed in a single car crash in Kingston

Woman killed in a single car crash in Kingston

A woman was killed in a single car crash on Gallaher Road, near the intersection with highway 70, in Kingston shortly after three on Saturday afternoon.  

Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed that Teresa Duff, 47, of Kingston was driving southbound when she drove off the road.  Duff over-corrected and lost control over her SUV.  Her 2003 Kia Sorento traveled across both lanes of traffic, stuck a tree and caught on fire.  

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Former Roane resident was Charles Manson follower

Former Roane resident was Charles Manson follower

A Roane County High School graduate, who was part of the Charles Manson cult, has been recommended for parole in California.

Bruce Davis moved to California in the 1960s. He would follow serial killer Charles Manson.

In the early 1970s, Davis was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder.

The former Roane County resident was recommended for parole at his 27th parole hearing last week.

Davis' attorney said his client has earned several religious degrees while in jail.  Davis wants to become a minister once he is released.

Homeless Student Report shows startling numbers

Homeless Student Report shows startling numbers

School systems across the state are seeing more students come through their doors without basic necessities, according to new report from the Tennessee Comptroller's Office of Research and Education Accountability.

The Homeless Students in Tennessee Public Schools report shows startling numbers of students classified as homeless.

In our viewing area, two school systems stood out as having especially high numbers of homeless students.

Cumberland County reported 696 homeless students in the 2010- 2011 school year. Hamblen County reported 649.