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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Sparks flew in the air as Kristen Bobo fired her welding gun at the thick metal bars spanning the entrance of a cave in Montgomery County.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee — the state's dominant health insurance provider — is asking to raise rates by an average of 19 percent for its exchange plans in 2015, according to documents filed with the state of Tennessee.

Zachary Adams waived his right to a preliminary hearing this morning on a charge that he assaulted an officer at the Chester County Jail. The case will now go to a grand jury, which is scheduled to meet on Oct. 28.

Police arrested a convicted sex offender Monday after officers say they saw him in the passenger seat of an ice cream truck in East Nashville.

The line to get into the Cathedral of the Incarnate has formed out front on West End Avenue, full of mourners who wish to pay their last respects to former Tennessean editor John Seigenthaler.

The day Linda Drain put baby's breath in her hair and said "I do," she had no idea that government policies would tear her apart from her husband.

Gallatin police have arrested a Kentucky church pastor on statutory rape charges involving a 14-year-old male member of his congregation.

WASHINGTON – A federal court is about to rule on an argument against President Barack Obama's health care reform law that resembles one Rep. Scott DesJarlais advanced more than two years ago.

The day Linda Drain put baby's breath in her hair and said "I do," she had no idea that government policies would tear her apart from her husband.

WASHINGTON — With its ever-growing ranks of co-sponsors, legislation against horse soring now has unstoppable momentum, its chief House sponsor says.

NASHVILLE — A year ago, just as he was beginning his bid for a third term, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander stood before an audience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to deliver the keynote address at a summit called "Securing America's Future."

Authorities have recovered a body on Old Hickory Lake in Sumner County on Friday afternoon.

Authorities in Dickson and Cheatham counties are investigating a domestic situation that turned violent Tuesday morning.

Tennessee teenagers are using heroin and shooting up drugs at twice the national average, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DECHERD, Tenn. — Nissan-Renault’s 4-year-old partnership with Germany’s Daimler AG ramped up significantly last week with two key moves in North America: the opening of a new Infiniti-Mercedes engine plant in Decherd, and announcement of a jointly owned assembly plant to be built in Mexico.

A new court filing accuses a Florida woman of regularly buying alcohol for Vanderbilt University athletes at the Tin Roof bar — including the unconscious student police say was raped a year ago today.

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn University officials say an eagle that once soared over home football games has died at age 34.

Police in Nashville arrested a man this weekend after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend for 12 straight hours.

The state Department of Human Services has laid off 121 workers responsible for administering food stamp and welfare payments in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE — Former Vice President Al Gore had his audience both howling with laughter and furrowing their brows as he spoke on capitalism, technology and America’s “stalker economy” at the Southland Conference on Tuesday.

Caught between the Episcopal Church's official policy and the protests of alumni, faculty and students, Sewanee: The University of the South has struck a compromise that could set a precedent for religious universities' approach to same-sex ceremonies across the country.

Two Nashville parents charged in the murder of their 22-month-old son after police say he was given morphine to make him sleep could get their chance Thursday to argue for lower bond amounts so they can be released from jail.

Strong demand for vehicles assembled at Nissan's Smyrna plant has driven the company to expand production, pushing the current workforce to a near-record 8,000 people, Nissan officials said this week.

Gov. Bill Haslam urged Republicans to take seriously the growing problem of income inequality, in one of his first public appearances since launching his campaign for a second term.

Jim Tracy has run for Congress before and lost. He’s trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

MT. JULIET, Tenn. — Erin Stevens isn't that kind of evangelist who stands outside the strip club with her bullhorn, yelling at the customers to repent or face the flames.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Eighth-grader Benjamin Kulas of Nashville ran into a bright, shiny word he couldn't overcome Thursday at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Tennessee Democrats still want more answers from the state Department of Education on the late release of end-of-year test scores — and they’ve filed an open records request to fill in what they believe are gaps.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee State Employees Association has cried foul over pay raises for aides to state lawmakers, but a senior administrator says the increases are no more than other employees have received.

Tennessee's $150 million effort to attract an auto plant to West Tennessee is drawing questions from environmentalists, who fear the effort could harm one of the Southeast's least-spoiled rivers.

HOOVER, Ala. — Thanks to good defensive positioning, alertness and perhaps a little bit of luck, Vanderbilt survived a ninth-inning scare and held on for a 3-2 victory over Tennessee in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament Tuesday.

Gail Sharp of Andersonville was caught off guard when she got an envelope in the mail addressed to Cameron Sharp.

Police in Nashville arrested Peyton Manning early this morning, but it wasn't the star quarterback.

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — Paul Gregory House says "Oh, well" a lot.

New federal data show nursing homes in Tennessee have continued to reduce the use of powerful antipsychotic medications, but the number of long-term patients getting the drugs remains among the highest in the nation.

It all begins with a fairly simple story, one that Mark Brown has been telling and retelling for much of the past two years. About how Tennessee wildlife agents seized the orphaned raccoon he saved from certain death and then released her into the wild.

Metro police are investigating allegations that a theater teacher at Nashville School of the Arts and 29-year veteran of the district had "inappropriate conduct" with a minor.

The image of Paul Newman as the rebellious inmate in "Cool Hand Luke," cigarette dangling from his lips, is as iconic as it is outdated, because most jails banned tobacco decades ago.

MURFREESBORO — A third person being investigated in connection to the Holly Bobo case has a criminal record in Murfreesboro, including a DUI and a charge of walking down a major street with a shotgun, according to police documents.

Reached on his cellphone Tuesday afternoon, James Franklin didn't want to hear about the latest appearance of his name in court filings related to the criminal rape case against four former Vanderbilt University players.

NASHVILLE — Backers of a constitutional amendment meant to settle decades of litigation over how Tennessee picks its judges launched their campaign to persuade voters to approve it Tuesday with a gathering of high-powered political players at the state Capitol.

Federal investigators will examine sexual violence at Vanderbilt University in response to a complaint filed in November by six current and former female students.

Tennessee walking horses aren't especially rare, but you don't see them too often in New Hampshire.

TOKYO (AP) — Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer.

Barry Gibb of the 1970s pop group the Bee Gees and his wife, Linda, have sold the Hendersonville property June Carter and Johnny Cash called home for over 40 years.

Metro police have removed at least 38 dogs from two Bordeaux homes as part of an ongoing investigation into one of the biggest dog-fighting busts in Nashville's history.

In the winter of 1990, a group of law enforcement and medical experts descended on a Memphis asylum where hundreds of babies, children and adults — people who used to be called mentally retarded — were warehoused in barrack-style housing.

State lawmakers kicked off what could be their last day of the 2014 session by approving legislation meant to combat aggressive flash mobbing.

Tennessee ranks 47th in the nation in its care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to a new annual survey to be released Thursday by a national advocacy organization for people with disabilities.

NASHVILLE — With seven months to go before Tennessee voters settle the question, the campaign to remove abortion protections from the state's constitution is running fundraising circles around the group trying to keep things as they are.

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