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Elk hunting and sport fishing were on the agenda at Thursday's meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission, but those issues couldn't hold a candle to the controversy over whether the state will hold its first sandhill crane hunt in November.

KNOXVILLE — Former University of Tennessee director of judicial affairs Jenny Wright, in her first public comments since she left UT, accused officials there of ruining her career with allegations that she had inappropriate relationships with students.

KNOXVILLE — Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones on Wednesday denounced “an inept administration” that has declined his proposal to train local officers on enforcing federal immigration laws.

Country music legend and Sevier County native Dolly Parton announced Wednesday a commitment to invest $300 million over the next 10 years in her hometown, where she plans to expand her Dollywood properties.

WASHINGTON — For the record, 11-year-old Josie Molina says the decision to ask U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais how her undocumented father could stay in the United States was hers and no one else’s.

NASHVILLE — Former state Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester filed complaints with two state agencies Thursday alleging that Gov. Bill Haslam has violated state law by refusing to disclose the personal payments he made to Tom Ingram for political consulting.

NASHVILLE — Inspired by Texas legislation, state Sen. Stacey Campfield has introduced a “Merry Christmas bill” for Tennessee that he says will assure schoolchildren and their teachers have a legal right to use what the bill calls “traditional greetings” during “winter celebrations.”

A pair of new lawsuits has been filed against Pilot Flying J.

It was a promise never before heard in the hallowed halls of the Knox County courts.

A 3-year-old unrestrained boy has died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash in Cocke County.

A 43-year-old Blount County woman pleaded guilty Monday in connection with having sex with two teenage boys earlier this year, officials said.

TRUMANN, Ark. — An Arkansas man, who is paralyzed from the waist down, is being treated at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center after a stray dog he picked up reportedly ate one of his testicles.

OAK RIDGE — The accidental discharge of a firearm at the Y-12 National Security Complex occurred early Sunday when a security police officer was ”repositioning” his weapon inside a hardened patrol vehicle, which he shared with another security officer.

A Sevier County mother was found guilty today in connection with an attempt to set her infant son on fire three years ago, officials said.

It took one day for a controversial plaque installed over an Anderson County Courthouse door to wind up in a motion in court.

Union County authorities are investigating the discovery of two bodies in a home in the Sharp’s Chapel community today.

A Carter County woman faces federal and state charges for allegedly using her own children to make child pornography.

OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn. — She was very drunk, semi-nude, didn’t want to get dressed and tried to bite an Oliver Springs policeman during the arrest process, according to an incident report.

A former University of Tennessee Foundation chief accused of ordering child pornography to keep himself from molesting children is trying to persuade a federal magistrate judge to toss out his confession.

Pilot Flying J may have reached a civil settlement with several of its customers, but not everyone is impressed with the deal.

A federal grand jury is now investigating allegations of fuel-rebate fraud involving Pilot Flying J Travel Centers, according to a published report.

KNOXVILLE — A new proposed class-action lawsuit takes aim at Pilot Flying J, this one filed by an Alabama trucking company over the continuing federal rebate-fraud probe.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam and his chief of staff, Mark Cate, said Tuesday that they show no favoritism toward Tom Ingram's lobbying clients, though Cate's emails indicate considerable friendly contact with Ingram and an associate.

Investigators know every detail of how she died, but no idea who she was.

KINGSTON — When Kate Augustine's bright red hydroplane racing boat conked out at the start of a national competition Thursday in Roane County, she received help from an unexpected source.

NASHVILLE — A nationwide analysis of contributions to political causes indicates that the Haslams are the leading family of "elite donors" in Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE — A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash when a commercial truck driver struck his parked cruiser along Interstate 75 in Campbell County on Sunday morning, authorities said.

A 6-month-old girl was fatally shot in the midst of a domestic dispute between her parents at their South Knox County home Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

PIGEON FORGE — The band was playing cover tunes, the employees were wearing festive flannel shirts and, most important, the giant wheel was turning.

ROCKWOOD — The parents of a 2-year-old boy found playing alone on railroad tracks wearing only a diaper were arrested Monday and charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect.

Three former Pilot Flying J employees pleaded guilty today in federal court to taking part in a conspiracy to defraud customers out of diesel fuel rebates.

When the owner of Byerley’s Cafeteria saw Charles Howell standing outside the Tennessee Theatre, the teenager knew he was out of a job.

An executive with the European private equity firm that holds a stake in Pilot Flying J signed a registration application for an airplane that has drawn the scrutiny of federal agents.

KNOXVILLE — A woman was shot and killed in front of her home late this morning northwest of Knoxville College, and five suspects were taken into custody at a nearby residence a short time later, according to Knoxville police.

KNOXVILLE — Not only did a Knoxville teen shoot himself in the leg with a .45-caliber handgun, but he also faces charges because the weapon was stolen.

Twenty years ago, when her daughters were young, Tia Long had health insurance.

After molesting at least five boys, a former University of Tennessee Foundation chief devised a new plan to satisfy his urges — look but don't touch, testimony Monday showed.

Two staffers for the Southern Environmental Law Center spent five days in March sifting through boxes of documents, emails and memos in their downtown Nashville office.

There is one common thread between every student who has passed through the hallowed grounds at Maryville College since 1870.

KNOXVILLE — A Pilot Flying J spokesman said Wednesday that the company was disappointed, but not surprised, in the wake of plea agreements entered by two of its employees.

KINGSTON — Three out of the four county jails in his judicial district are overcrowded, 9th Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson said, and a big part of the problem is a growing population of women being locked up for pain pill-related crimes.

Saturday, it took three hours and 23 minutes before the 41st Tennessee batter of the day finally scored off North Carolina State ace Emily Weiman.

Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam told trucking industry leaders Thursday in Indianapolis that he knew nothing about nor did he participate in an alleged fuel-rebate fraud.

Grainger County Deputy Nathan Cook was on a routine drug paraphernalia investigation Sunday when he found the bottle in the bedroom on Rocky Springs Road in Bean Station.

Two people were killed Sunday in a car crash after the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to slid across a raised grassy median on East Morris Boulevard in Morristown and collide with an SUV, according to police.

NASHVILLE — Convinced that the right to vote for all citizens isn’t fully protected under law, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, is planning a long-shot proposal to add a 28th amendment to the United States Constitution.

A Blount County horse trainer was arrested on a felony animal cruelty charge and 19 horses were seized from his stables Thursday, marking the second time in as many years that a prominent figure in the Tennessee walking horse industry has been charged for alleged “soring” abuses.

The National Football League is "very, very concerned" about investigation into Pilot Flying J and CEO Jimmy Haslam, who also owns the Cleveland Browns, a unnamed source told USA Today.

KNOXVILLE — Five days after federal authorities raided Pilot Flying J headquarters, a North Georgia trucking company has become the first client to file a lawsuit against the company.

He's still not ready to admit the crime, but disgraced former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner is ready to do the time.

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