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Tennessee sees annual increase in drug overdose deaths

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee saw its highest number of drug overdoses last year as surrounding states saw drops in the ongoing opioid crisis. According to a report released Thursday, 1,837 people died from drug overdoses in 2018. The Tennessean…

TWRA releases new Hunting & Trapping Guide for 2019-2020 season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The 2019-2020 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide is now available at all Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency offices and will be distributed at license vendors throughout the state. The guide is also available online where users can find…

TWRA asks anglers to help track invasive carp

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Fishermen, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is asking for your help. The TWRA needs your help collecting invasive carp. If you catch a small carp, nine inches or less, the agency is asking that you put it on…

Police: Tossing drugs in toilet could lead to 'meth-gators'

LORETTO, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Tennessee are asking residents not to toss drugs down the toilet, saying it could lead to "meth-gators" and stoned waterfowl. The warning from the Loretto Police Department on Facebook came after a man was…

Tennessee ag agency wants to trace diseased rhododendrons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is warning homeowners about rhododendron plants infected with a pathogen that can kill a number of different plants, shrubs and trees. The department says anyone who has purchased a rhododendron from…

Unwieldy TennCare system confused officials, led to purge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A newspaper investigation says the unwieldy paperwork system behind Tennessee's low-income health insurance program caused thousands of children to lose coverage. The Tennessean investigation says late, incomplete and unreturned paperwork made it difficult for TennCare to…

Man dies after hang gliding accident

OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn. (AP) - Law enforcement officials say a man has died after being involved in a hang gliding accident. Anderson County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tyler Mayes says 45-year-old Patrick Scott Lucas of Morristown died Saturday afternoon near the…

Man dies after being infected with flesh-eating bacteria

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man died this week after being infected with a flesh-eating bacteria during a trip to a Florida beach. According to news reports, the man became ill shortly after returning from vacation in Destin Beach…

Authorities ID deceased man found in Tennessee national park

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in Tennessee have identified the deceased man whose remains were found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Park officials say the remains of 64-year-old David J. Carver of Blount County were found Monday. Officials say…

Boy left in hot car dies; father charged with child abuse

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) - A 3-year-old Tennessee boy who was left in a hot car has died and now his father is charged with a felony. Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold told news outlets Daylin Palmer was found unresponsive in…

Tennessee governor criticized for Confederate proclamation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is facing backlash for signing a proclamation ordering a day to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Lee told reporters this week that…

Kentucky wildlife officials trying new Asian carp control

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) -- A fishing method originally developed in China will be used to remove invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. The "unified method" of fishing drives carp through a series of large nets into…

'Endangered' children from Tennessee located in Minnesota

WALKER, Minn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says three young children who were the subject of an Endangered Child Alert have been found in northern Minnesota. The bureau said Friday the children were found in Cass County with…

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