News Hole, March 22, 2016: Suspense Builds Over Deannexation Bill

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News Hole [ˈnüz ˈhōl] — The vast media chasm that devours and records bits of timely information from around East Tennessee and beyond. This is a roundup of thought-worthy morsels scoured from its depths. 

A controversial bill that would allow folks to vote on deannexing from some Tennessee cities, including Knoxville, was sent to a committee for further review following a vote in the state Senate Monday afternoon.

In a rare move, top Knoxville officials have rallied to stop the bill.


A judge has ruled that the Knoxville Area Urban League cannot recoup a $100,000 of an empowerment zone loan confiscated in a gambling racket case. (But it may be able to get that money back from future properties sales connected with the case.)


A Knoxville family is searching for answers after a loved one died in prison. They say he wasn’t getting medical attention he needed.


A new study claims Knoxville has the least-congested traffic commute in the entire country.


A Knoxville halfway house that helped women recently released from prison closed abruptly last month, leaving some former residents without a support system or a place to live.


The group 100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville plans to launch a scholarship in honor of Zaevion Dobson and will also pay homage to his life during its annual gala in May.


Not exactly Knoxville-related, but still pretty cool: Cuba is said to have a pretty awesome lung cancer vaccine, and now that U.S./Cuba relations are starting to normalize it may be coming stateside (after a few years of testing, of course).

Photo: Nick Sherman/Flickr/Creative Commons

Former Mercury staff reporter Clay Duda has covered gangs in New York, housing busts in Atlanta, and wildfires in Northern California. And lots of stuff about Knoxville.

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