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Officials offer $5K reward after 18 guns stolen from Middle TN store

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal officials say a $5,000 reward is available for information about who stole 18 guns from a Middle Tennessee gun store. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering up to $2,500 each for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft from…

Analysis: Substance abuse annually costs Tennessee billions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An analysis has found that substance abuse annually costs Tennessee more than $2 billion, with most of it attributed to lost income from people who’ve fallen out of the labor market. The Tennessean reports Teresa Waters, chair of preventive medicine at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, dug into costs associated with substance abuse. At $1.29…

Ex-THP sergeant gets 30-month sentence in smuggling woman into US

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A retired Tennessee Highway Patrol sergeant was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to transporting a woman into the country illegally. U.S. Attorney Donald Cochran’s office says Ronald Edward Strickland was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Nashville. He pleaded guilty June 20. Court documents say Strickland planned to smuggle the 22-year-old…

Memorial announced for victims of Tennessee wildfires

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A year after deadly wildfires broke out in Tennessee, members of the community have come together to remember the 14 people whose lives were lost. Nicole Ogle, chairwoman of a memorial committee, announced a permanent memorial for the people who died and a tribute for the first responders. Ogle told a crowd gathered Tuesday evening the…

TVA says it has discovered new fish species in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal utility says its biologists have discovered a new species of fish in streams in Tennessee. The Tennessee Valley Authority says the fish species, Percina apina, lives in the Duck River tributary streams in Middle Tennessee. The percina apina, or logperch, lives in Duck River tributary streams in Middle Tennessee. Photo courtesy of TVA. TVA…

Gov. Haslam: No imminent change to private prisons expected

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he doesn’t anticipate any imminent change in the state’s use of private prisons after an audit found some of those facilities were understaffed and the staffing information they provided was at times incorrect or withheld. Haslam told reporters Monday he’ll meet with Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker about the…

4 Tennessee governor candidates won’t release tax returns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four of the seven major candidates for Tennessee governor are declining to release details of their federal income tax returns. The Tennessean newspaper asked five Republicans and two Democrats in the race for copies of their federal tax filings. U.S. Rep. Diane Black and fellow Republican state House Speaker Beth Harwell provided some financial details, as…

More than 40 pounds of marijuana found in luggage at Nashville airport

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 40 pounds of marijuana have been discovered inside luggage at Tennessee’s Nashville International Airport. WZTV-TV reports that an affidavit says airport police seized 44 pounds of marijuana from luggage unclaimed at a carousel Tuesday night. The luggage came from a Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle. The affidavit says the bags belonged to 43-year-old…

East TN hunters charged with illegally importing deer carcasses

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — Wildlife officials in East Tennessee say four hunters have been charged with illegally importing carcasses of white-tailed deer with chronic wasting disease into the state. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says the hunters were charged in November with importing deer carcasses from Virginia, a state that confirmed the presence of the disease in 2009. The agency…

Middle TN judge behind inmate sterilization program rebuked

SPARTA, Tenn. (AP) — A Middle Tennessee judge who offered inmates less jail time if they voluntarily underwent birth control procedures has been publicly reprimanded by state judicial regulators. The Tennessean reports White County judge Sam Benningfield received a Nov. 15 letter of reprimand from the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct, saying he’d acted in a way that threatened public…