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  • Gov. Haslam: "Unacceptable" that Feds Didn't Alert State About 760 Immigrant Minors

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a letter to President Barack Obama, Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration should have been informed about the placement of 760 unaccompanied immigrant children in Tennessee.

    According to The Tennessean, Haslam says in the letter that the Department of Health and Human Services didn’t directly tell Tennessee officials that unaccompanied minors were being released into the custody of sponsors living in the state.

    Instead, state officials learned of the minors through a posting on the department's website. Haslam says that’s "unacceptable."

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  • Tennessee Urging Residents to Vote Early

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With an especially long primary ballot, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is recommending that voters cast their ballots early.

    Hargett tells WPLN-FM that early voting accounted for 47 percent of ballots in August 2010, but they’re hoping to increase that to 60 percent this year.

    Hargett says that’s the only way to avoid long lines and late returns on Election Day, August 7. Even with heavy early voting, Hargett says some results won't be returned until after midnight.

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  • Overnight Storms Destory 10 Homes in East Tennessee

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Communities across East Tennessee are cleaning up today after storms destroyed several homes and at least one business.

    Media are citing the weather service in reporting that an EF-3 tornado with wind speeds of 140 mph touched down last night in the small town of Speedwell.

    Authorities say there are no reports of any deaths or injuries, but Claiborne County emergency management spokeswoman Gina Breeding says local residents have quite a mess to clean up.

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