SHADY VALLEY, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say they have found a 16-year-old female hiker who was reported missing last Wednesday while hiking in the Cherokee National Forest in northeast Tennessee.

According to WJHL-TV, Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece confirmed Tuesday afternoon that search crews had found Ava Zechie of Washington alive and seemingly in good condition. Reece said crews were working on bringing the girl down the mountain.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As confrontations between police and the black community once again trigger public outcry, law enforcement leaders around the country are looking for new ways to restore trust.

In Tennessee, they've turned to the Nashville library's rich archive on the movement to teach new recruits about past injustices, hoping the lessons of history will foster even-handed police work.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a toddler was found alone in a Tennessee home several days after her grandmother died.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) reports a Maryville Police Department report says the 15-month-old girl was found Saturday.

The police report says her grandmother, 58-year-old Anette Ineichen, was found dead in the house. Officials believe she had been deceased for some period of time.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he is asking the federal government to suspend placement of Syrian refugees in Tennessee.

In a statement released to media on Monday, Haslam acknowledges that the federal government has the authority to place refugees but states "they have said in the past they would be open to cooperating with receiving states."

Haslam says he wants to suspend placement of Syrian refugees in Tennessee "until states can become more of a partner in the vetting process."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee school board delegates have voted almost unanimously for a resolution urging the state to fund all recommendations made in years past — but recently dropped — by a state panel.