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Uphill Battle For Third Party

Tennessee Republicans are balking at a Democratic senator's proposal to make it easier for minor parties to be listed on the ballot. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis wants to set a threshold of 10,000 signatures from eligible…

Homeowner Cleared In Killing

A Knox County jury has acquitted a homeowner of a murder charge in the fatal shooting of a trespasser outside his home. Jurors deliberated for about three hours, then found Kevin Beeler not guilty of second-degree murder in the shotgun…

Cattle Rustler Collared

A Gonzales, La., man has been arrested in the theft of 11 cattle from Adams County. The Natchez Democrat reports that Newton Thomas McNealy Jr. was charged Tuesday with theft of livestock. Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said the cattle when missing…

Nashville Hosting Japan Relief

Nashville is hosting its own relief effort to help the people of Japan with an event that will feature music, children's activities, a walk and Japanese foods. The Cherry Blossom Japan Relief Event is scheduled Saturday at Nashville's Public Square…

Roll Call For House Teacher Tenure Vote

Votes Thursday as the House, on a 65-32 vote, passed Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to make it more difficult for teachers to earn and maintain tenure status. Voting yes were 63 Republicans, one independent and one Democrat. Voting no were…

Teacher Tenure Bill Passes Tennessee House

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to make it tougher for Tennessee teachers to get - and keep - tenure has passed the House. The measure was approved 65-32 Thursday. The companion bill in the Senate passed 21-12 earlier this month. Lawmakers…

Kentucky Executions Still On Hold

A split Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld a judge's order halting all executions in the state. The court, by a 5-2 vote on Thursday, left in place the lower court's order temporarily barring executions while an appeal by condemned inmate…

TVA Sub-Contractor To Face Charges Over Nuke Plant

Federal prosecutors have charged a sub-contractor employee at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Nuclear Plant with lying about inspections. The U.S. attorney in Knoxville said Thursday that 31-year-old Matthew David Correll of Hixson has been charged in a two-count…

Wreck Snarls Tennesee Interstate

A highway crash on the mountain at Monteagle has closed all eastbound lanes of Interstate 24. The Tennessee Department of Transportation says all traffic headed eastbound in Grundy County is being diverted onto alternate routes. The crash occurred about 5:40…

PTA Member Charged With Theft

A former president of a Shelby County middle school parent-teacher association has been charged with theft. Official with the state Comptroller's Office say Kim Mason withdrew more than $1,000 dollars from the Mt. Pisgah Middle School PTA account for her…

Storms Rake East Tennessee

Storm experts will survey at least three areas of Tennessee to determine whether tornadoes touched down as storms struck the state. National Weather Service forecaster David Gaffin in the Morristown office says an assessment team will look at storm damage…

Tea Party, Haslam At Odds

The Tennessee Tea Party is drawing sharp rebukes from Republicans for claiming Gov. Bill Haslam showed "socialistic" tendencies in his previous role as mayor of Knoxville. The group is angry at Haslam for failing to support a Senate bill that…

Kentucky Teen Kills Parents Over Grounding

The state medical examiner's office says a south-central Kentucky couple whose bodies were found in their home were shot to death. Family members say the 15-year-old charged with killing them had been told he wasn't allowed to see his 12-year-old…

Lewis Honored By Lawmakers

Members of the Tennessee General Assembly took time to honor civil rights icon John Lewis. The program Wednesday in the Legislative Plaza across the street from the Capitol follows a resolution honoring Lewis that was unanimously approved by the state House of Representatives last month. Lewis, a Georgia congressman among 15 people who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom last month, spoke at the 1963 March on Washington before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. Lewis organized Tennessee's first lunch counter sit-in at age 19 in Nashville. During the program, he credited his experience in Nashville for "making me the person I am today."

Desoto County Homes Clear Flood Plain

Olive Branch city officials will be sending letters to some homeowners informing them they will not have to buy flood insurance after all. The Commercial Appeal reports officials expect 223 homes to be withdrawn from flood zone designations. City engineer…

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