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PNS Weekend Newscast - September 23rd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: Senator John McCain says no to the GOP's health care plan, a new survey takes a look at how residents in one state feel about the effort to real Obamacare, and International Day of Peace is being celebrated this weekend.

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Public News Service - TN: Public Lands/Wilderness

Hurricane Harvey flooded this parking garage in Houston, and rain from the storm's remnants is expected to hit Tennessee today. (R. Crap Mariner/Flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Parts of middle and western Tennessee are waking up to heavy rain Thursday, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey move through the state. While the wet weather isn't expected to cause significant damage, the Tennessee Valley Authority is on alert to decide when and if w

The Tennessee Wilderness Act, proposed by U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, both R-Tenn., would protect 20,000 acres from further development. (B. Dunne/flickr.com)

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- Tennessee's U.S. senators are moving ahead with a bill providing protections for the state's wilderness lands, even while the Trump administration works to remove protections elsewhere. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act - S.973 - to

Firefighters from around the region traveled to Gatlinburg and Sevierville to fight the fires. (National Park Service)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. – Last night, thousands of dollars were raised to help people affected by the wildfires that swept through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund, largely led by Dolly Parton, featured celebrities including Hank Williams Junior

Smoke is reported across the state and can even be seen on satellite photos. (National Weather Service)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Most of the state is now in a Code Orange health advisory, designating the air quality unhealthy for sensitive or at-risk groups. More than 13,000 acres of land in Tennessee are in flames, as a result of an estimated 74 active fires impacting the state. Smoke from the wildfi

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards are working to clear parts of the Appalachian Trail in northeast Tennessee. (Bill Hodge)

WATAUGA, Tenn. - The deadly storms that swept through parts of northeast Tennessee earlier this month made their mark on one of the state's points of pride. The Appalachian Trail, which originates in Georgia and reaches to Maine, crosses through the Volunteer State, and the severe storms downed hund

For the eighth time, Congress is considering legislation to increase federal protection for land in Tennesee's Cherokee National Forest. (John W. Iwanski/Flickr)

ERWIN, Tenn. - This weekend, thousands of Tennesseans and visitors packed up and hiked into thousands of acres of public lands in the state. But many of those untouched lands are unprotected from development and the effort continues to change that. The Tennessee Wilderness Act has been introduced

The Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2016 would offer protection to more than 7,000 acres of land in Carter, Johnson, Washington and Unicoi Counties. (Bill Hodge)

UNICOI, Tenn. – More than 7,000 acres of some of Tennessee's pristine wilderness is offered protection in legislation introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee. The Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2016 would expand the existing wilderness areas in Carter, Johnson, Washington and

The Tennessee Department of Health and the USDA are working together to distribute rabies vaccination packets for raccoons over the next couple of weeks in parts of Tennessee. Credit: ciconroy/morguefile.com

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - If you took a hike in the wilderness this weekend, you may have noticed little blocks or packets on the ground. Those are actually vaccine packets. The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to distribute them to 20 counties to help

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