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Body Found Believed To Be "Mayor" Of Beale Street

Memphis police believe a badly decomposed body found Tuesday is that of a missing trumpeter known as "the mayor of Beale Street." Seventy-year-old Rudy Williams was last seen on May 22 when he left his home to walk to a…

Haslam Says Weigh Class Size Versus Teacher Pay

Gov. Bill Haslam is urging cash-strapped local school districts to prioritize spending on top teachers over limiting classroom sizes. Speaking at a Girls State event at Lipscomb University in Nashville on Tuesday, the governor acknowledged that larger classrooms mean less…

Lottery Scholarship Limits Worry Some

A cap on the number of credit hours paid for by Tennessee's lottery scholarship has some students and parents worried about how to pay for degrees that go over the limit. The legislation limiting HOPE scholarship funds to 120 hours…

TN Caves To Remain Closed

State officials say caves on state land will remain closed to try to slow the spread of White Nose Syndrome among Tennessee's bat population. The caves have been closed since July 1, 2009. Not affected are caves on private land,…

Memphis Group Seeks Cash For Cannons

The Shelby County Historical Commission is seeking donations to buy four reproduction Civil War cannons for its Confederate Park. The park once had original Civil War cannons, but those were sacrificed as part of a World War II scrap-metal drive.…

KY Volunteers Headed To Joplin

A dozen volunteers from Kentucky who know what it's like to lose everything are heading to Missouri to help people who were left homeless by the tornado that devastated Joplin. The group left Lexington on Tuesday morning, and organizer Ginny…

Missing MS Man Found Dead

Authorities say an 81-year-old Monroe County man was found dead in a field behind his home. Coroner Alan Gurley tells Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Robert R. Reed of Hamilton lived alone and was last seen by neighbors on May…

Fireworks Store Fire Closes Interstate

A fire at a Caryville's Thunder Mountain Fireworks store shut down part of Interstate 75 and forced about 100 neighbors to temporarily evacuate. Caryville Fire Department Cpt. Brad Smith described the fire to WVLT-TV, saying, "If you can picture a…

Alabama Wedding Photo Found In Tennessee

An Alabama couple's wedding photo from 1982 is on its way back to them, after a tornado blew it 120 miles from their flattened house near Hackleburg, Ala., to Lincoln County, Tenn. - and after publication in Tupelo, Miss. The…

TN State Fair Control Debated

A Tennessee state senator says the issue of which agency will provide supervision of the state fair will return in January. State Sen. Joe Haynes, D-Nashville, told The Tennessean he considered asking the full Senate to vote on his proposal…

Gatlinburg Rental Agency Closes Unexpectedly

A cabin rental agency in the Smoky Mountains foothills has closed its doors amid squabbling by owners and managers. Jim Gass, an attorney for Hickory Mist Luxury Cabin Rentals, told The Mountain Press that company employees have been trying to…

Indigent Cemetery Use Questioned

A Shelby County auditor's report says there is no process to stop funeral homes from using the site for cheap burials for people who weren't poor. Since the report, county officials say procedures have been tightened and the control of…

Child Dies In Pool Accident

An autopsy has been ordered in the death of an 11-year-old boy found in a neighbor's pool in rural Carroll County. Coroner Ken Strachan tells the Greenwood Commonwealth that the body was found about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday by deputies responding…

Election Set To Replace Late MS Lawmaker

A special election for a Mississippi Senate seat formerly held by Democrat Jack Gordon will be held Nov. 8, the same day as the state general election. Gordon had brain cancer and died May 7. He was the senator for…

Ramsey Pay Hikes Questioned

A special investigation has found that Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey gave pay hikes to 18 staffers last year even though no other raises were being allowed for state employees. The Legislature amended the budget last year to say raises were…

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