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The burial wasn’t going to be much — just a poem, a prayer and a bundle of blue and white flowers resting atop the miniature casket, the blooms not much smaller than the infant inside.

In a radio ad posted on the Shelby County Democratic Party’s website, party chairman Bryan Carson alleges racism in Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration, tracing it to audio of a 2003 fire fighters union meeting presided over by interim county fire chief Dale Burress, a Luttrell appointee, in which a racial slur was used by an unidentified man.

NASHVILLE — A new TV ad targeting the three Tennessee Supreme Court justices who are up for retention elections by voters is filled with "false messages," the judges' campaign spokesmen charged Saturday.

The numbers of police and firefighters calling in sick Sunday both decreased, officials said.

A 63-year-old man was arrested after a gun fell out of his pocket and discharged while the man was watching “Godzilla” in a local theater.

WASHINGTON — Tennessee’s two U.S. senators want to know what changes have been made at the Memphis VA Medical Center following an inspector general’s report last fall that three patients died in the facility’s emergency department after receiving inadequate care.

A suspected serial rapist has been sentenced to 22 years in prison with no parole after assaulting a Memphis woman, nearly biting off her finger.

“US media treat Princes’ wedding trip to Memphis as if Elvis had risen from the dead.”

PARSONS, Tenn. — It could be up to a year before the family of a nursing student who had been missing for three years sees the suspect stand trial.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — There was no decisive knockout punch. No dagger. Just a gradual, methodical — and impressive — effort for the Ridgeway girls basketball team Wednesday.

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