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Knox Co. commission to discuss budget this evening

Knox Co. commission to discuss budget this evening

by Mike Donila, WBIR

The Knox County Commission this week will begin picking through and potentially tweaking Mayor Tim Burchett's proposed budget.

The emphasis, officials say, will be on school spending .

Knox Co. school budget takes $3M hit after state funding reduced

Knox Co. school budget takes $3M hit after state funding reduced

by Mike Donila, WBIR

The Knox County School system will get $2.9 million less than it initially expected in state funding, according to new estimates.

That now means Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will revise his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year to reflect the drop.

East Tenn wakes up to some snow, a little black ice

East Tenn wakes up to some snow, a little black ice

Update 8:43 a.m.

Snow and ice covered mainly secondary roads Friday morning. Crews had worked into the night covering main roads and highways with salt.

The following is a list of East Tennessee and southern Kentucky counties with respective road conditions. This list will be updated throughout the morning.

Here is an up-to-date list as of 8:36 a.m. courtesy TDOT:

 

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.

Knox BOE extends Dr. McIntyre's contract through 2017

Knox BOE extends Dr. McIntyre's contract through 2017

(WBIR) The Knox County Board of Education voted Monday night to extend Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre's contract an additional year as part of his annual performance review. His contract will run through the end of 2017.

The 8-1 vote came after a five-hour long meeting during which nearly 50 people spoke for or against the extension of the superintendent's contract. Knox County board member Mike McMillan was the only no vote.

UT group learning to "Lean In"

UT group learning to "Lean In"

The popular book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg made waves when it was published. It suggested women need to take it upon themselves to become leaders in the workforce.

Sandberg, to summarize, argued that women need to not let society tell them how to behave and that society as a whole needs to move past established gender roles.

Mission of Hope kicks off Blue Barrel Christmas Campaign

Mission of Hope kicks off Blue Barrel Christmas Campaign

In our own backyard, there are thousands of people hungry and cold tonight. Thankfully, the Mission of Hope works all year to help ease the burden for our neighbors in rural Appalachia, and Friday, you can help make Christmas bright for thousands of children in that region.

The 18th annual Mission of Hope Blue Barrel Christmas campaign kicks off.