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TN lawmakers want state agencies to allow photos of public records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee lawmakers are asking three state agencies to ensure that their policies allow residents to take cell phone photos of public records. The Tennessean reports that Joint Government Operations Committee members on Wednesday questioned the Office…

Tennessee sets record number of overdose deaths in 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Health officials say Tennessee saw a record number of overdose deaths in 2016. A state Department of Health news release Monday says 1,631 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses last year, a 12 percent increase from 1,451…

State announces $18 million in grants for highway safety

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. -- Around 400 grants exceeding $18 million will be distributed statewide to support local highway safety initiatives. The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office announced the grants Monday. Programs in Madison County…

Food stamp work requirement to return for most of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam is reinstating food stamp work requirements for most Tennessee counties starting Feb. 1. Haslam said Monday that Tennessee will re-establish federal work requirements in 70 counties for able-bodied adults without dependents who receive…

Traveling exhibition headed to two state parks in our area

NASHVILLE, Tenn. "Water/Ways," a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Museum, is coming to our area. Tennessee State Parks, in conjunction with Humanities Tennessee, will examine the role water plays on both the environment and culture as part of the exhibit,…

Stars honor country singer Troy Gentry at Opry memorial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Vince Gill, Trace Adkins and many more music stars have gathered to honor country singer Troy Gentry, a member of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash. Family and friends watched…

5 accused of conspiring to defraud Dolly Parton relief fund

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Five people have been charged in Tennessee with conspiring to defraud the My People Fund of Dolly Parton's Dollywood Foundation, set up to help people affected by wildfires last year. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports a…

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