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NASHVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball said Thursday the federal government has no business regulating pot.

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Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell agreed to give the local tax assessor's office $170,000 more this year after the office failed to accurately assess property values.

A Tennessee Comptroller's Office investigation report uncovered problems in Meigs County's finance and school departments.

NASHVILLE — Feathers are flying in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race in the form of $46,000 in unpaid fees at a South Carolina resort and how a $1 option to buy into a newspaper later turned into a $620,000 personal profit back in 1981.

Area builders are chafing at a proposed city ordinance that would require them to hire acoustical engineers when building homes in or around Chattanooga's Amplified Music District.

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Local election officials say confusing ballot language has been the only hiccup during early voting for the Nov. 4 election.

NASHVILLE -- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball said today the federal government should get out of the pot regulation business.

NASHVILLE -- Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is defending his decision not to take part in a Senate debate later this afternoon with a blast at his Democratic rival, Gordon Ball, who is.

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"The president already has too many White House staff 'czars' who are not accountable to Congress.

SPRING CITY, Tenn. — Within an $80 million concrete building anchored to the bedrock of the highest point at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, the Tennessee Valley Authority is storing enough pumps, generators and other equipment to respond to most any type of earthquake, storm or missile attack.

NEW YORK — Four U.S. governors, including Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee, have made a surprise visit to Afghanistan as part of a delegation to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops stationed there.

WASHINGTON — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor's urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists.

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