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Records reveal Tennessee's claims for firing vaccine leader

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s chief medical officer reasoned that the state’s now-fired vaccination leader should be let go in part due to complaints about her leadership approach and how she handled a letter about vaccination rights of minors that…

US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year

NEW YORK (AP) — Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government estimate released Wednesday eclipses the 72,000 drug overdose deaths in 2019 and amounts to a 29% increase. Experts…

National Guard command sergeant major retires in Tennessee

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gentry has retired. Brig. Gen. Jimmie Cole, Tennessee’s Land Component Commander, presents Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gentry with an American flag at Gentry’s retirement ceremony, July 8,…

Zinc mining accident in Tennessee kills 1 worker, injures 2

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities say one worker was killed and two others were injured in an accident at an underground zinc mine. News media outlets report the accident occurred Tuesday at Nyrstar’s Immel Mine in Knox County. Rural/Metro…

Ex Tennessee vaccine leader speaks out against firing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee former top vaccinations official said she couldn’t stay silent after she was fired this week amid scrutiny from Republican state lawmakers over her department’s outreach efforts to vaccinate teenagers against COVID-19. Dr. Michelle Fiscus…

Senate Democrats announce $3.5 trillion budget agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats say that they have reached a budget agreement among themselves that envisions spending an enormous $3.5 trillion over the coming decade. The fiscal plan would pave the way for Democrats’ drive to direct a huge…

Officials: Feds not alerting Tennessee about migrant kids

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials with Gov. Bill Lee's administration say the federal government will not alert Tennessee on when unaccompanied migrant children are brought to the state to be placed with sponsors. Brandon Gibson, Lee’s chief operating officer, told…

Tennessee fires top vaccination official amid pandemic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials have fired the state’s top vaccination official, who had been facing scrutiny from Republican state lawmakers over her department’s outreach efforts to vaccinate teenagers against COVID-19. Dr. Michelle Fiscus with the Tennessee Department of…

Dive operations aimed at dislodging stuck riverboat in Kentucky

CADIZ, Ky. (AP) — Efforts are being made to free a riverboat grounded in western Kentucky. The Coast Guard says dive operations were approved Sunday to assess the lake bottom for salvage operations to safely dislodge the American Jazz riverboat…