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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…

Couple Accused Of Arson

The company that insured a lesbian couple's home claims the women set a fire that destroyed it. Carole Ann Stutte and Jean Stutte filed a lawsuit in February, claiming a former neighbor was responsible for the September 2010 fire. A…

3 Die In Plant Explosion

Three workers were critically burned at a Middle Tennessee chemical plant a day after company officials attended the funeral of one of two workers killed in a previous accident. The Friday morning fire that injured five is the third since…

MS Man Gets 4 Decades In DUI Case

A Picayune man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for being under the influence of drugs when he caused a May 23, 2008, collision that claimed the life of a 13-year-old girl and left two others seriously injured.…

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