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Death toll from Tennessee wildfires increases to 11

Dec 2, 2016

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Crews discovered the remains of more people as they searched the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains, bringing the death toll to 11, officials said Thursday.

Authorities set up a hotline for people to report missing friends and relatives, and after following up on dozens of leads, they said many of those people had been accounted for. They did not say whether they believe anyone else is still missing or may have died.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce is launching a program to encourage more workers to gain high school equivalency degrees.

The chamber says more than 300,000 people currently working in Tennessee have not completed their high school education. The trade association is partnering with GEDWorks to provide access to advisers, online study materials, practice tests and connections to local adult education programs.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says two more deaths have been confirmed, for a total of four, in severe storms that hit the southeastern part of the state.

TEMA said in a statement Thursday night that two deaths were in Polk County and two were in Meigs County. It says 11 people were injured in McMinn County and one in Hamilton County.

At least five tornadoes have been confirmed in Polk, McMinn, Marion and Coffee counties. Crews are still assessing damage in those and other counties, where more than two dozen homes were damaged.

Luke Bryan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Luke Bryan took care of a heckler without skipping a beat during a concert this week by taking a swing at the man from the stage with his microphone still in hand.

Bryan was performing his single "Move" at the Charlie Daniels' all-star Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday when the outburst occurred. Fan video shows Bryan shouting, "Come on!" before stepping forward and slapping the man with his fingers while still holding onto the mic.

Death toll from Tennessee wildfires increases to 10

Nov 30, 2016

 

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Crews discovered the remains of three more people as they searched the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains, bringing the death toll to 10, officials said Thursday.

Authorities set up a hotline for people to report missing friends and relatives, and after following up on dozens of leads, they said many of those people had been accounted for. They did not say whether they believe anyone else is still missing or may have died.

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