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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has rejected state troopers' request to work security at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Nashville this weekend.

A spokeswoman from the state Department of Safety says eight troopers were approved to work the event but were later denied because they wanted to bring their patrol vehicles.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 200,000 people are expected to make the trip to Columbia for the annual Mule Day celebration that goes through April 12. And while much of the focus will be on the role they have played in agriculture, Tennessee mules have been a valued wartime resource for much of the nation's history.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is making a nine stop tour of Tennessee this week to discuss the nation's fiscal and foreign policy challenges.

Corker is a former Chattanooga mayor who is now the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The tour begins Tuesday in Alcoa, Dandridge and Johnson City. On Wednesday, Corker will speak in Kingsport and Knoxville, followed by Thursday events in Chattanooga and Sewanee.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for several counties that were hit hard by winter storms in February.

A statement from the White House says the declaration releases federal aid to help with recovery efforts from severe winter weather and flooding from Feb. 15-22.

That includes a devastating ice storm that took down trees and power lines and was blamed in at least 29 deaths.

A Republican activist from Murfreesboro is announcing a challenge to scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in next year's GOP primary in the 4th Congressional District.

Grant Starrett, a former staffer on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, said he wants to be elected to Congress to help fight a "moral crisis" facing the country.