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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.

NASHVILLE — Many Tennessee cities could be forced to remove bans on handguns in their parks if a push underway in the Tennessee Legislature succeeds.

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.

Vanderbilt has hired Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason as its next football coach.

The Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes Tuesday for what is expected to be a breakneck session, one that Republican leaders hope will bring resolution to some of the most difficult questions lawmakers have grappled with in recent years.

Could this be the time for wine? Top state lawmakers appear to think a matter that comes up year after year has finally aged to perfection.

Michael Copeland takes tiny steps under watchful eyes.

Murfreesboro police have identified the man killed in a New Year’s morning crash on Rutherford Boulevard.

An $84 million, four-story inpatient tower is planned atop the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, marking the latest expansion of the hospital.

Vanderbilt children's hospital plans to add 4-story tower

Expansion would make Vanderbilt's one of 20 largest pediatric hospitals in nation

An $84 million, four-story inpatient tower is planned atop the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, marking the latest expansion of the hospital.

NASHVILLE — Gene Folgers didn't know much about U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais when the doctor from South Pittsburg first ran for office three years ago.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — What the U.S. government was up to at its huge new complex in Oak Ridge during World War II wasn't revealed until after the war ended, when details of the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb, were finally made public.

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist said Monday that he disagrees with decisions by the state’s current senators not to support a United Nations treaty on disability rights.

Tennessee took steps in the past year to improve state investigations into severe child abuse, according to an expert panel tasked with scrutinizing the Department of Children's Services.

NASHVILLE — It was an idea inspired by angels.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is putting “Duck Dynasty” items back on its shelves and apologizing to its customers.

Police identified the victim of the fatal downtown Nashville collision as 17-year-old Elena Zamora, a junior at Hume-Fogg High School.

As Gov. Bill Haslam looks ahead to the 2014 legislative session, he does so with one eye on his re-election prospects.

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — The latest trouble at Becca Griffey’s home came to light the day before her 16th birthday.

Leipers’ Fork resident and actress Ashley Judd believes her sister, country music star Wynonna Judd, is responsible for placing a GPS tracking device on a car owned by the movie star, according to a Franklin Police Department report.

A state panel balked at a proposal to give real estate adviser Jones Lang LaSalle more work and instead approved a plan to wind down part of the state's two deals with the firm in the wake of a scathing audit that highlighted potential conflicts of interest.

Jack White’s divorce, which went from joint celebration to accusations of harassment and a request he get a psychiatric examination, is finally a done deal.

Never before has Tennessee asked to execute so many of the condemned.

It could be days before service is restored to all of the nearly 8,000 people without electricity in Dickson County after an ice storm hit the region overnight.

WASHINGTON — Most U.S. House members from Tennessee belong to an increasingly influential behind-the-scenes group that prides itself on staking out the most conservative of conservative positions.

Frances Waller is a regular at Trousdale Medical Center, a hospital dwarfed by the trees that surround it.

HARTSVILLE, Tenn. — Kenyan Harper has played a major role in Trousdale County's success this football season.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Notre Dame kept Connor York out of the end zone most of the night.

NASHVILLE — Montgomery Bell Academy made its 2013 playoff debut Friday night an impressive one.

Manufacturers use hemp in plastics, insulation and even a little paper. Health food lovers eat hemp seeds by the handful for the protein and omega-3 fats. Hemp clothes, shoes and handbags sell for top dollar, prized for durability.

NASHVILLE — For Father Ryan, Friday night's Division II-AA opening-round playoff game was a tale of costly mistakes and missed opportunities.

Tennessee couple dead in bizarre murder-suicide

Man suspected of killing, hiding girlfriend in trash can in basement wall

Metro detectives are trying to figure out why a South Nashville man killed his girlfriend, shoved her remains into an odor-proof trash can, and then shot himself days afterward.

A Clarksville man has been indicted in the October term of the Montgomery County grand jury on accusations he sexually abused and raped four children.

Police arrested a babysitter after the 1-year-old girl she was watching was found alone in East Nashville.

Three parole violations. Zero punishment. Four people dead.

NASHVILLE — Baylor defeated Father Ryan 14-10 in a defensive battle Friday night in the final regular-season game for both Division II-AA football teams.

A Murfreesboro man was arrested Thursday after he was accused of exposing himself to a female friend and then proposing marriage to her, according to a police report.

Television advertising meant to sway the outcome of judicial elections surged during the 2012 election cycle, a national report says, as special-interest groups tried to capitalize on new rules that allowed unlimited spending.

A Tennessee police officer lost his job after he shot a squirrel inside a store.

Kenneth Stanley “Bud” Adams, a Texas oilman who brought the National Football League to Nashville and ignited the city’s love affair with the Tennessee Titans, died on Oct. 21, 2013, the Houston Chronicle first reported. He was 90.

NASHVILLE — Brentwood Academy kept its hopes alive for the Division II-AA region football title with a 36-10 victory Friday over visiting Baylor.

MURFREESBORO — A math teacher at Oakland High Schoolwas given a written reprimand Tuesday for accidentally showing a picture of an at least partially nude male from the waist down, according to a Rutherford County Schools official.

A fourteen-year-old boy sat on the stand for more than an hour Wednesday to testify about the nearly six months of abuse he says he and his older brother suffered at the hands of his step-mother, Jessica Cox.

Despite what finance experts say is a significant risk, cities across the nation continue to borrow money to bolster their employee retirement accounts.

Titans quarterback Jake Locker was back taking snaps and throwing passes during part of practice on Wednesday, but it still looks as if he’ll sit out Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

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