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  • Baumgartner

    At the start of 2011, the best known and probably most respected judge in Knoxville, Tenn., was Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner, founder of Knox County's successful Drug Court and the judge who recently had presided over trials involving the most shocking crime in local memory, the carjacking, torture and murder of a young couple named Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. The trials of four suspects led to a death sentence, two life sentences and one very long prison term. But soon after the new year began, Baumgartner took an abrupt leave of absence, ostensible for health reasons.
  • Debt-uty crisis

    The four-day series detailed the controversial origins of the Knox County Sheriff's Office Pension Plan -- called the Uniformed Officers Pension Plan, UOPP -- and the ramifications its approval had on county finances. The series looked at how the plan was sold to the public on lies and bad information.
  • "Hog Farm Plans Cause a Big Stink"

    This two-part series examines the pros and cons of a controversial shift in area agriculture, the corporatization of hog farming.
  • "Basic Resident Needs Provided: Public Housing 'A Stepping Stone'"

    This four-part series probes the complex realities and changing nature of one midwestern town's public housing neighborhood. In profiles of residents, public officials, police and city bureacrats, the report seeks to poke holes in stereotypes commonly held about the "projects."
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    Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel reveals weak state laws and limited background checks have created a situation in Knox County, Tenn., in which people who are prohibited by law from obtaining a license to sell beer, use someone else's name or license; ownership of the business is concealed by a front, which enables the person to skirt the law and continue to sell alcohol, April 5 - 8, 1992.