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As a child, Peter Kulakov's family would hold baptisms in the dark and hide Bibles under a double floor in the outhouse.

NASHVILLE — For U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the elder statesman of Tennessee politics, a primary challenge by a little-known tea party opponent was supposed to be little more than a glorified victory lap around the state.

It was the middle of summer, and we were headed on vacation to the Smokies. Apparently, so was everybody else.

When Bledsoe County's Justin Angel took the oath of office Friday evening to assume his seat as a 12th Judicial District Circuit Court judge he marked some milestones, at least as far as recent history is concerned.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County leaders are pushing for changes to state laws that restrict companies like Chattanooga utility EPB from expanding high-speed Internet, TV and phone services outside their electric service areas.

WASHINGTON — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Training a red-tailed hawk to fly on command takes a little bit of quail meat, a few dead rats and a whole lot of patience.

IDER, Ala. — Riders on horseback found a body Sunday afternoon in a wooded area near Ider, Ala., according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.

In response to the great letter to the editor which appeared in your paper on Aug. 24: Mr. Watson’s criticism of Weston Wamp and your newspaper was damning and accurate!

HAVANA — Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting.

WASHINGTON — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.

ST. LOUIS — Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception.

ISLAMABAD — Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan's prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this nuclear-armed country to resign.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — At least 40 rounds were fired during a gun battle outside a Birmingham motorcycle club that killed two people and wounded two others, police said.

NASHVILLE — Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child.

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