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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry says an independent third party will assess the finances and governance of Nashville General Hospital.

In a Friday statement announcing the plan, Barry said she is committed to the success of the city's safety-net hospital. She said the assessment will give taxpayers an understanding of how their money is used. It will also help Nashvillians understand the need for a hospital that serves the indigent. And it will help the hospital plan for the future.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold says he won't leave office despite facing federal corruption charges.

The Daily News Journal reports Arnold sent a text message Saturday to one of the newspaper's reporters that said he had no intention of resigning.

HORSE CAVE, Ky. (AP) — Gary Russell was leading a group of geology students on a five-hour tour of a Kentucky cave when he turned a corner and saw water rushing by where water wasn't supposed to be.

He had no way to communicate with the outside world, but he knew water wasn't supposed to be a mile deep in the cave.

Russell and his group were among 19 people who escaped the flooded Hidden River Cave on Thursday afternoon. They navigated neck-deep water, rushing currents and mud so thick it sucked off the police chief's boot. It was pitch black.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation is halting road construction on the state's highways over the Memorial Day weekend.

The state expects nearly 700,000 drivers to be on Tennessee roads over the three-day weekend. Road work will be suspended beginning at noon on Friday and resume at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

There may still be some lane closures and restrictions in areas where long-term construction projects are underway, and reduced speed limits will still be in effect in work zones.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam plans to honor four Marines and a sailor killed in last year's shootings in Chattanooga as part of a Memorial Day ceremony on Friday.

Those killed were Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, and Marines Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan and Lance Cpt. Squire "Skip" Wells.

Federal officials have determined that the shootings by Muhammad Abdulazeez, a naturalized U.S. citizen, were a terrorist-inspired event. That made the servicemen eligible to receive the Purple Heart.

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