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Vandy study: Prison sentence reduces lifespan

Posted: 02/06/2013 - A recent study by a Vanderbilt University researcher shows that for every year a person spends behind bars, life expectancy decreases two years.

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Southern steam locomotive trips planned for spring

Posted: 02/06/2013 - Norfolk Southern is partnering with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society to host steam locomotive excursion trips in 2013.

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Bill to allow governor to select appellate judges

Posted: 02/06/2013 - John Jay Hooker, a two-time Democratic Party nominee for governor and vocal opponent of the measure, spoke before the vote and told members of the committee that "people want the right to elect these judges."

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Former Shelby County mayor arrested

Posted: 02/05/2013 - Ford served on the County Commission and was then appointed as interim county mayor from December 2009 until August the next year, when he lost an election to Mark Luttrell.

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DCS commissioner O'Day resigns amid scrutiny of deaths

Updated: 02/05/2013 - The commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services has resigned amid scrutiny of how her agency was handling cases of children who died after investigations of abuse and neglect.

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Senate panel sends income tax ban to floor vote

Updated: 02/06/2013 - The panel voted 9-1 on Tuesday to advance the measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown that would also ban a state or local payroll tax.

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2 Rutherford County Sheriff's officers resign

Posted: 02/05/2013 - The arrest warrant on Sgt. Trent Thomas Givens states a Rutherford County deputy saw the 37-year-old Givens driving is vehicle through people's yards early Monday.

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Franklin Co., Ky., mom saves family from fiery crash

Posted: 02/05/2013 - A father and two sons were trapped in their SUV after a severe crash, when the engine started smoking, but the mother quickly rushed to their aid using Gatorade bottles to stop the fire and save their lives

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Shelbyville police wait longer for ammunition

Posted: 02/05/2013 - The Tennessee Highway Patrol has been waiting since August to receive its yearly order of ammunition, but spokeswoman Dalya J. Qualls said the delay has not affected their personnel.

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Parking lot guns measure to get year's 1st hearing

Posted: 02/05/2013 - The state Senate is scheduled to hold its first hearing Tuesday on a gun bill that dominated last year's legislative session and caused aftershocks in the ensuing election season.

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Air Tran adding 4 daily flights out of Memphis

Posted: 02/05/2013 - Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell on Monday commended the leadership of airport officials and the Memphis Airport Authority Board bringing the new air service.

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East Ridge adopts "no kill" animal shelter policy

Posted: 02/05/2013 - City officials say the shelter is using a combination of volunteers, foster care, rescue partnerships and a comprehensive adoption program to care for animals brought to the shelter.

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Man charged with slaying student pleads guilty

Posted: 02/05/2013 - A grand jury indicted Donnie Jones in November. He faced multiple charges, including felony murder, two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated rape.

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Westbound I-40 blocked in Humphries County

Posted: 02/04/2013 - Safety officials say a tractor-trailer truck has overturned near the Tennessee River, closing the westbound lanes of Interstate 40.

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Member of Petties drug ring sentenced to 37 years

Posted: 02/04/2013 - Demetrious Fields was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Samuel Mays. Fields had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering, drug possession and money laundering.

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Memphis police arrest 2 in double killing

Updated: 02/04/2013 - A police spokeswoman said investigators charged 22-year-old Jackie Spears with first-degree murder and 24-year-old Kelcie Stewart with attempted first-degree murder.

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New version of 'Don't Say Gay' bill filed in Tennessee

Posted: 02/03/2013 - A bill that proposes forcing schools to tell parents if their children have talked to a teacher or counselor about being gay has set the stage for a new fight over social issues in the Tennessee Legislature.

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