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.

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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.)

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

Clay Duda

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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