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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.

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

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.

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