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Memphis, Shelby School Merger Moves Forward

The boards of the Memphis City Schools and the Shelby County Schools have voted unanimously to approve an agreement to merge the boards by Oct. 1. At separate meetings on Thursday, the school boards said a merged school system will…

Tobacco Production Dropping

It's harvest time in much of the nation's tobacco patches and this year's harvest is expected to be one of the smallest in at least a decade. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are expected to produce 726 million…

TN Undecided On Corporate Incentives

Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has yet to complete a standardized approach to how the state offers incentives to prospective investors. The governor in March assigned the task of designing a system for determining the appropriate level of incentives after lawmakers…

More Southerners Starting,Ending Marriages

With marriages at an all-time low, Southern and Western states rank among the highest for couples hearing wedding bells. But many of these states also have higher divorce rates. A Census Bureau analysis released Thursday also finds that people are…

New TN Technology Development Head Named

Bill Hagerty, commissioner of Tennessee Economic and Community Development, has been named chairman of the board for the Tennessee Technology Development Corp. The group is a nonprofit organization created by the General Assembly to encourage science and technology business development…

Prelim Report On Fatal Plane Crash Released

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board shows pilot David Duncan sent no distress signals before his fatal airplane crash Aug. 17 in Tupelo. The preliminary report was released Wednesday. NTSB spokesman Nicholas Worrell says the report was…

TVA To Sell Nuclear Plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority for the first time intends to temporarily sell ownership of a new nuclear reactor. Officials say the reason mainly is to keep TVA from closing in on its debt limit as it builds a separate $4.8…

MS Foreclosure Sales Drop

The number of Mississippi homes being sold in some stage of foreclosure has dropped sharply over the past year. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac said 99 foreclosed homes were sold in the state in the April-through-June period at an average price of…

Cheer Coach Accused Of Theft

A state audit found a former cheerleading coach at Pigeon Forge High School and Pigeon Forge Middle School failed to turn over to the schools thousands of dollars from fees and fundraisers. According to the Comptroller of the Treasury, Pamela…

Late Memphis Radio Personality Honored

A Memphis street has been renamed in memory of radio personality John "Bad Dog" McCormack. Alabama Avenue, which runs in front of the Ronald McDonald House, now carries his name. According to The Commercial Appeal McCormack was a longtime supporter…

North MS School Halts Pre-Game Prayers

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has applauded the DeSoto County school district for responding promptly to a call to halt prayers over the public address system at football games and other school functions. The Commercial Appeal reports the Madison, Wis.-based…

MS Officials Warn Wireless Internet Users

The state attorney general is warning those who use a wireless system for Internet connection to protect themselves by using a password. The Sun Herald reports state officials have made about 60 arrests this year in cases alleging someone else…

TVA Sites Okay After Quake

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has found no problems with its dams or coal ash impoundments in the wake of the East Coast earthquake. TVA spokesman Travis Brickey said Wednesday that the inspections of 15 dams and impoundments were…

Paducah To Allow Guns In Some Parks

Despite some reservations, city officials in Paducah are altering two ordinances to allow guns in city parks. Mayor Bill Paxton said he was reluctant to remove language prohibiting firearms in the city's 28 parks, but felt it necessary to adhere…

Popular KY Kids Museum Closing

A southern Kentucky science museum that had become a destination for school field trips plans to permanently close down on Sunday. Jeff Moore, president of the board of the Barren River Imaginative Museum of Science in Bowling Green, said the…

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