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Debate over sales tax could cost Tennesseans jobs

Updated: 05/10/2011 - Thousands of new jobs in Tennessee are on the line as lawmakers debate a bill that would force Amazon.com to charge sales tax. But current jobs could be lost if the company gets its way.

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Marriage households drop in Tennessee

Updated: 05/10/2011 - Ten years ago, married couples were the norm in our state - making up nearly 53 percent of all households. But not any more, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Sponsor delays immigration bill to address cost

Posted: 05/10/2011 - The House sponsor of legislation that would allow law enforcement agents in Tennessee to question suspects about their immigration status says he's trying to make the proposal financially feasible.

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Prosecutor drops appeal in Mother's Day release

Updated: 05/10/2011 - Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Debra Brown walked out of Utah State Prison after 17 years and touched off an emotional reunion. She had maintained her innocence all this time.

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Community Health ends effort to buy rival Tenet

Posted: 05/10/2011 - Community Health Systems Inc. says it is ending its effort to buy competitor Tenet Healthcare Corp. after Tenet rejected its latest $4 billion-plus offer.

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Memphis music landmarks spared from river flooding

Updated: 05/10/2011 - The Mississippi River crested in Memphis at nearly 48 feet Tuesday. It fell inches short of its all-time record but still soaked low-lying areas with enough water to require a massive cleanup.

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The Band Perry tours Greeneville wreckage

Updated: 05/09/2011 - Monday, Volunteer TV's Sara Shookman walked with the award winning country trio among the ruins in Greeneville, where last month's tornadoes claimed seven lives.

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TVA dams help alleviate Mississippi flooding

Updated: 05/09/2011 - Folks in Memphis are bracing for more flooding tonight as the Misssissippi River is expected to crest at record level. During the last few days, officials at the Tennessee Valley Authority have been helping to monitor the situation at its River Forecast Center.

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Anti-discrimination bill headed to full Senate

Posted: 05/09/2011 - A proposal that would prohibit local governments from creating anti-discrimination laws that are stricter than the state's is headed for a vote on the Senate floor.

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Bridge work tries not to disturb endangered fish

Posted: 05/09/2011 - Rehabilitation of a bridge over the Little River near Rockford is more complicated than expected because of an endangered fish that likes to breed underneath.

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Arnold contractor seeks voluntary layoffs

Posted: 05/09/2011 - Aerospace Testing Alliance at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tenn., has asked employees to take voluntary layoffs because of decreasing work.

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Critics chafe at unspent flood relief funds

Posted: 05/09/2011 - More than $29 million was donated for flood relief, according to the Tennessean. The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has collected much of that, and millions remain unspent.

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Forecaster: river could crest Monday

Posted: 05/09/2011 - National Weather Service forecaster Joe Lowery says the river is beginning to level off and could crest late Monday. It had earlier been forecast to reach a crest Tuesday at 48 feet.

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Police say girls found at neighbor's house

Posted: 05/09/2011 - Six-year-old Kavisha told police someone was chasing them and their neighbor's 12-year-old daughter told her and 4-year-old Jatasia to hide under her bed, where they apparently fell asleep Sunday night.

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New prison taking shape in East Tennessee

Posted: 05/08/2011 - A new 1,444-bed state prison is starting to take shape in East Tennessee. The $208 million Bledsoe County Correctional Complex is being constructed on 2,200 acres of the Cumberland Plateau.

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