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Tennessee's $150 million effort to attract an auto plant to West Tennessee is drawing questions from environmentalists, who fear the effort could harm one of the Southeast's least-spoiled rivers.

HOOVER, Ala. — Thanks to good defensive positioning, alertness and perhaps a little bit of luck, Vanderbilt survived a ninth-inning scare and held on for a 3-2 victory over Tennessee in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament Tuesday.

Gail Sharp of Andersonville was caught off guard when she got an envelope in the mail addressed to Cameron Sharp.

Police in Nashville arrested Peyton Manning early this morning, but it wasn't the star quarterback.

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — Paul Gregory House says "Oh, well" a lot.

New federal data show nursing homes in Tennessee have continued to reduce the use of powerful antipsychotic medications, but the number of long-term patients getting the drugs remains among the highest in the nation.

It all begins with a fairly simple story, one that Mark Brown has been telling and retelling for much of the past two years. About how Tennessee wildlife agents seized the orphaned raccoon he saved from certain death and then released her into the wild.

Metro police are investigating allegations that a theater teacher at Nashville School of the Arts and 29-year veteran of the district had "inappropriate conduct" with a minor.

The image of Paul Newman as the rebellious inmate in "Cool Hand Luke," cigarette dangling from his lips, is as iconic as it is outdated, because most jails banned tobacco decades ago.

MURFREESBORO — A third person being investigated in connection to the Holly Bobo case has a criminal record in Murfreesboro, including a DUI and a charge of walking down a major street with a shotgun, according to police documents.

Reached on his cellphone Tuesday afternoon, James Franklin didn't want to hear about the latest appearance of his name in court filings related to the criminal rape case against four former Vanderbilt University players.

NASHVILLE — Backers of a constitutional amendment meant to settle decades of litigation over how Tennessee picks its judges launched their campaign to persuade voters to approve it Tuesday with a gathering of high-powered political players at the state Capitol.

Federal investigators will examine sexual violence at Vanderbilt University in response to a complaint filed in November by six current and former female students.

Tennessee walking horses aren't especially rare, but you don't see them too often in New Hampshire.

TOKYO (AP) — Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer.

Barry Gibb of the 1970s pop group the Bee Gees and his wife, Linda, have sold the Hendersonville property June Carter and Johnny Cash called home for over 40 years.

Metro police have removed at least 38 dogs from two Bordeaux homes as part of an ongoing investigation into one of the biggest dog-fighting busts in Nashville's history.

In the winter of 1990, a group of law enforcement and medical experts descended on a Memphis asylum where hundreds of babies, children and adults — people who used to be called mentally retarded — were warehoused in barrack-style housing.

State lawmakers kicked off what could be their last day of the 2014 session by approving legislation meant to combat aggressive flash mobbing.

Tennessee ranks 47th in the nation in its care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to a new annual survey to be released Thursday by a national advocacy organization for people with disabilities.

NASHVILLE — With seven months to go before Tennessee voters settle the question, the campaign to remove abortion protections from the state's constitution is running fundraising circles around the group trying to keep things as they are.

Amazon.com hopes its fulfillment center workers are happy in their jobs.

NASHVILLE — Highly praised Tennessee programs that send help into the homes of families with young children have faced funding cuts, but proponents heard two promising developments last week.

WASHINGTON — It was midnight when the plane carrying Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in December on a Senate Foreign Relations Committee trip.

About 7.4 percent of Tennessee's workforce earns at or below the mimum wage, the highest proportion of minimum wage workers in the country, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A year after a tense legislative battle, a proposal to allow Tennessee authorities to arrest women for damage done to their infants by drug use during pregnancy has moved closer to passage.

Tennessee used to be a state where both cultural tradition and evangelical beliefs about the body's importance meant Grandma went into the ground instead of being sprinkled on her favorite scenic spot.

The Titans have agreed to terms with former Chargers backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst on a two-year contract worth up to $8 million.

Cursive handwriting might be a dying art, but a measure before the Tennessee House of Representatives attempts to save it in an era of keyboards and keypads. House Bill 1697 would require all public school students in Tennessee to learn how to read and write in cursive, preferably around the third grade.

A Clarksville woman charged with killing her 7-month-old daughter Friday told police “Jesus came down” and took her daughter to heaven while she was bathing her, according to an arrest warrant.

Holly Bobo’s family has released their first statement since a man was charged in her abduction and murder on Wednesday.

A day after law enforcement charged Zachary Rye Adams with kidnapping and killing Holly Bobo, a violent picture of the convicted felon is emerging.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Murfreesboro Police recovered an active methamphetamine lab in the early hours of Saturday from the McDonald’s parking lot on South Rutherford Boulevard, according to an arrest report.

For years, Missouri has been the reigning king of methamphetamine use in the United States. But thanks to a crackdown at the local level in that state, Tennessee could be poised to pass it by.

Some Tennessee lawmakers are hoping to further restrict cellphone use while driving. A bill in the Tennessee House of Representatives would make it illegal to call someone or answer your phone while in the car.

Vanderbilt men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings called those who want Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin fired “idiots.”

The well-being of Americans hasn't improved in the past six years, and it even declined slightly in 2013, according to a recent Gallup study. While national figures remained flat overall, the ranks of the states with the highest well-being scores changed considerably. North Dakota topped the well-being list in 2013 after failing to crack the top 10 in 2012. Hawaii, 2012's top state, fell to eighth in 2013. West Virginia, on the other hand, remained at the bottom of the list for the fifth consecutive year.

WASHINGTON — Tennessee Republicans in the U.S. House continued to display solidly conservative voting patterns in 2013, new studies show.

Quick! Can you name a political issue supported by 75 percent of Tennesseans (including 56 percent of Republicans), with 7 percent having no opinion and a mere 18 percent opposed?

Tennessee lawmakers are taking up a bill that would let cake makers, florists and other vendors refuse service to same-sex couples who wish to marry, even if the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage is struck down.

(WBIR) Kentucky Pastor Jamie Coots died Saturday night after he was bitten by a snake, according to Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe.

A Nashville Fire Department officer was fired this week after a disciplinary board found him guilty of having sex while on duty.

Chris Boyd knows he can’t change the past, so he’s spent the last six months working on his future.

It was only during the later years of her life that Anna Jo Mann stopped pleading with her parents and brother to take her away from Clover Bottom Developmental Center, the state's oldest institution for people with intellectual disabilities.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The federal Highway Trust Fund's $15 billion shortfall is so severe that without action from Congress, major road projects around the nation and in Tennessee could get stuck on the drawing board.

As workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant prepare to vote next week on joining the United Auto Workers labor union, Gov. Bill Haslam is making a last-minute pitch to the German auto manufacturer against unionization.

President Barack Obama said during a whirlwind trip to Nashville on Thursday that school districts across the country should follow the city's "simple but powerful" career academies model for high schools.

GRASSLAND COMMUNITY — As the fire licked and popped, Lauren Covington could do nothing but watch the last smoldering flames consume what was once her grandparents’ home this morning.

As Tennessee schools move to a new nationally shared test under Common Core standards, state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman has taken a formal pledge that personal student information won't be shared with the federal government as part of that transition.

Employers in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama will likely pay more than $150 million in new taxes annually because the states are not expanding their Medicaid program, according to a new study.

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