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"American Idol" revisited hits of the last decade during Wednesday's "Songs of the 21st Century" theme night.

Josh Richardson faxed in his National Letter of Intent to Tennessee on Wednesday, just days after he committed on an official visit over the weekend.

Regardless of the external circumstances, Tyler Bray's stat line wasn't pretty.

A single vehicle wrecked causing injuries took place on Signal Mountain’s Anderson Pike about 3:30 p.m. today.

Zeke Pike, one of the top-ranked high school football prospects in the Class of 2012, verbally committed to Auburn on Wednesday.

The Bradley County man suspected in the shooting death of a couple Tuesday night has been arrested.

Scott Van Slyke crushed a solo homer, and Will Savage pitched six shutout innings in the Lookouts’ 3-1 win over the Huntsville Stars today.

Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled a new state economic development strategy that he and his jobs chief Bill Hagerty say prioritizes “strategic” recruitment of targeted industries, focuses more on helping existing businesses expand and directs attention to less developed rural areas.

CHATSWORTH, MURRAY COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - A Murray County toddler is dead after apparently drowning in a pond Tuesday.

Before we get going, remember we're still looking for some Friday mailbag questions.

The Cleveland City Council deadlocked Wednesday morning on a compromise proposal to postpone the hearing before Chancellor Jerri Bryant.

Traffic was snarled this morning at various portions of interstates in the Chattanooga area due to wrecks during a morning that saw a fast-moving storm hit the region around 6 a.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Antonio Cooper Sr. walked across a field of empty chairs that represent the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, occasionally stopping to read names inscribed in glass panes as he searched for the one dedicated to his 6-month-old son, Antonio Cooper Jr.

WASHINGTON — Millions of seniors in popular private insurance plans offered through Medicare will be getting a reprieve from some of the most controversial cuts in President Barack Obama’s health care law.

WASHINGTON — Young adults say high schools are failing to give students a solid footing for the working world or strong guidance toward college, at a time when many fear graduation means tumbling into an economic black hole. Students who make it to college are happy with the education they get there, an Associated Press-Viacom poll says.

LOS ANGELES — Brandon Beachy yielded just two hits over six scoreless innings for his first major league victory, and the Braves got home runs from Martin Prado, Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and pinch-hitter Eric Hinske to rout the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-1 on Tuesday night.

Tennessee’s fiscally responsible and practical Sen. Bob Corker points out that the federal government is spending “$4.1 billion a day that we don’t have.”

Standard & Poor’s, the credit rating company, did nothing on Monday to suggest that it would actually lower the United States’ sterling triple AAA credit rating.

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Chattanooga has been celebrating for nearly three years the fact that Volkswagen is investing a billion dollars in Chattanooga — and hiring thousands of people — to build many thousands of excellent cars.

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“Everything is bigger in Texas” is a colloquial phrase that is prompted by the physical size of the state and the bigger-than-life outlook of some of its residents.

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KNOXVILLE — They can be the result of position switches, early arrivals or sudden realizations of talent or even come out of nowhere.

Two people were found shot to death at a residence in Charleston, Tenn., Monday night, and deputies are searching for a suspect they believe is heavily armed, according to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Gov. Bill Haslam says he accepted arguments made by his predecessor, Phil Bredesen, in which the then-governor justified his support of Amazon’s plan to build two distribution centers — and not pay state sales taxes — despite expected blowback from “brick-and-mortar” retailers.

Ask U.S. Sen. Bob Corker what specific programs he’d cut to reduce federal spending, and his answer sounds so simple: “Everything.”

New light bulb standards set to take effect next year should make America’s energy consumption lighter, but some complain the green initiative isn’t such a bright idea.

One year after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, marine scientist Larry McKinney says researchers are still in a “diagnostic phase,” trying to fully understand the spill’s consequences.

First Nikki Berthold-Illias saw how well an obedience trainer tamed her Doberman pinscher. Then the trainer showed her how to train a much smaller, less-fierce dog — a papillon.

Bryan Gonzalez of McMinn County High School is aiming for a career in the automotive industry, and Tuesday in Chattanooga he worked with some of latest repair and diagnostic equipment.

Some Tennessee government employees were upset recently when they learned that Gov. Bill Haslam had boosted the pay of the commissioners who serve in his administration by 11 percent — while a much smaller raise is proposed for the 45,000 other state employees, after they went a few years without a raise.

Amazing what the threat of having to spend one’s own money can do to the maturity level of a teenager.

The two teams that Mark Guhne worried about the most — other than his own — heading into the Southern Conference men’s golf tournament passed his guys after the final turn.

A federal agency will decide whether to pursue a lawsuit against a North Georgia congressman after it took over the bank that had sued the legislator, claiming he defaulted on a loan.

Harris shots lead Trojans

The junior outfielder goes 4-for-4 with three homers in Soddy-Daisy’s 9-2 win over Ooltewah.

Soddy-Daisy’s James Fowlkes leads the area with 15 home runs, and his closest competitor might be teammate Talon Harris.

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Chargers, Irish draw

Notre Dame erases two one-goal deficits for a 2-2 tie in the District 7-A/AA showdown

Should Notre Dame and Chattanooga Christian face each other in soccer again this season, it’s safe to say that a winner will be crowned — as well as a district champion.

Regions Bank has repossessed the $3 million Renaissance Square mixed-use development from the 28th Legislative District Community Development Corp.

In an alarming move, the credit agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded its long-term expectations of our federal government’s financial situation from “stable” to “negative.” S&P had never before done so.

Neil Scott, head golf professional at Cleveland Country Club, talks about using alignment aids to help your putting stroke.

ATLANTA — Georgia college students will have to pay up to $450 more per semester in tuition and fees starting this fall under increases approved by the state Board of Regents on Tuesday.

David Drake and his sister, Nancy Drake Donelson, assumed operational and management responsibilities of Valleybrook Golf and Country Club after terminating a lease with Gibby Gilbert II and his son Gibby III late last month.

Curt Jones has resigned as Meigs County football coach.

DALTON, Ga. — Combining the Dalton and Whitfield County fire departments would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars on the front end and likely would not result in significant savings to either the county or city government, according to the agency hired to study a merger.

Regions Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported a surprise profit for the first quarter, reversing a year-ago loss, reflecting a much smaller amount reserved to cover loan defaults and a big drop in loans written off as uncollectible.

The Chattanooga City Council voted 5-3 Tuesday night to defer a vote for a week on a controversial ordinance requiring nightclub owners to install sprinkler systems within two years.

JASPER, Tenn. — After completing internal inspections of all the town’s manholes and nearly 15,000 feet of sewer line over the past year, city administrators are ready to begin the bid process for the work to correct the many problems that were found.

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For many families, Easter is a day to make memories as children traipse through yards in search of prize eggs and everyone gathers for the holiday meal.

Hundreds more children are expected to enter Hamilton County’s exceptional education program next fall, driving up costs even as the Department of Education looks for ways to cut $14 million from its budget.

It took a federal jury less than 30 minutes to decide that a local construction company owner did not violate a worker’s rights or retaliate against him when he fired the man for insubordination.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a LaFayette man who died from an accidental gunshot wound Monday afternoon. Jeremy Jackson, 24, was pronounced dead Monday evening at Erlanger hospital.

Isn’t a triple supposed to be at least somewhat uncommon in baseball?

Volkswagen and a partner in China will unveil at this week’s Shanghai Auto Show a version of the Chattanooga-made Passat that was introduced earlier this year in Detroit, according to Edmunds Inside Line.

Last Friday we received the encouraging news that the consumer price index is up a mere 2.7 percent over the past year, and that the so-called “core” CPI excluding food and energy rose a paltry 1.2 percent.

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Last Thursday when Silverdale Baptist hosted Grace Academy in a District 5-A high school softball game, a Lacye Walker home run proved to be the difference for Grace in an otherwise scoreless game.

Emma de Groot rode home from Hilton Head Island, S.C., with a Southern Conference women’s golf championship trophy in the van for a second straight year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The number of Tennessee residents 15 to 24 years old who were newly diagnosed with HIV jumped by 32 percent between 2005 and 2009, the last year for which statistics are available, according to state health statistics.

Good morning, good readers. On this April morning we have a mere one request, for the pimiento cheese at Serendipity’s in Red Bank. Ann Walldorf wrote that this pimiento cheese “is most unusual and truly delicious.” And that reminds us to ask you about “any meatless sandwich fillings, those that keep well when traveling, as well as those that contain ingredients that need refrigeration.”

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If family is gathering at your house Sunday for Easter dinner, you want to spend time with loved ones, not the oven.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders have decided that no further action is required after hearing both sides of a neighborhood dispute.

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County Commission and Cleveland City Council members agreed Tuesday they don’t want to be facing each other from opposing sides of a courtroom Thursday morning.

Susan Pierce: Tonight’s “American Idol” finalists will be singing “Songs of the 21st Century.” That’s a broad time span, but it perfectly suits our local contestant, Lauren Alaina Suddeth, because she can draw from current country artists Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift.

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