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WASHINGTON, D.C.  (WMOT)  --  The investigations of a Congressional committee chaired by Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is being likened to the tactics used in the 1950s by anti-communist crusader Senator Joe McCarthy.

Blackburn heads the House Select Panel on Infant Lives. The panel was convened by House Republican leadership in reaction to the release last year of undercover video showing Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of tissue from aborted fetuses for research purposes.

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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.

seatle.gov

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tennessee and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Maine, Louisiana, Utah, Arizona and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

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.

maine.gov

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Documents show a Tennessee woman who died after losing her way while hiking the Appalachian Trail survived at least 26 days after getting lost.

During that time, her texts went undelivered because of poor cell reception.

The Boston Globe reports Geraldine Largay kept a journal in which she acknowledged that she expected to die in the Maine woods and that it might be years before her remains were found.

mtsu.edu

MURFREESBRORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Critics and scholars from 16 states and 10 countries are converging on the mid-state for an academic conference focusing on the cultural impact of the recently concluded AMC television program Mad Men.

The three day conference begins Thursday on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. Keynote speakers include Matt Zoller Seitz, New York film critic and author of Mad Men Carousel, and Dr. Mimi White, a professor at Northwestern University whose work examines TV and gender.

publichealth.jmir.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report says the highest rate of HIV infection among homosexual men is highest in the American South, but Tennessee seems to be bucking that trend.

Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta recently compiled a study detailing rates of HIV infection down to the county level across the country. Study coauthor Dr. Jeremy Grey says Tennessee’s largest cities are doing relatively well.

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