CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is looking into possible security changes after the July 16 slaying of four Marines and a sailor at Chattanooga's U.S. Naval and Marine Reserve Center.

Capt. Jack Hanzlik, Fleet Forces Command spokesman, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1Vlr9cj ) the Navy is looking at things like the site's layout and the policies that govern how personnel respond to such attacks.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Police say two Middle Tennessee State University students have been arrested after a pellet gun was fired near a girl’s soccer game at Riverdale High School.

In a statement released late Friday morning, Sheriff Robert Arnold says Murfreesboro residents Mohamad Nasoah Al-Dahan and Khaled Mahfouz, have both been charged with felony reckless endangerment with a weapon. 

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It was on this date in 2005 that Hurricane Katrina made landfall at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, with sustained winds of 125 miles a hour.

The storm took the lives of more than 1200 people and inflicted well over $100 billion in property damage.

Tens of thousands of disaster aid volunteers descended on the gulf coast in the weeks and months that followed. Among them, mid-state resident Craig Snow who now works with the Brentwood based disaster relief agency Hope Force.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state lawmaker is facing up to $177,500 in fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for discharging waste from his northwestern Tennessee hog farm without a permit.

WTVF-TV in Nashville first reported Thursday that the EPA had filed the complaint against state Rep. Andy Holt, a Dresden Republican and vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. According to the filing, Holt's farm discharged a total of more than 860,000 gallons from lagoons on the farm raising nearly 1,500 swine without proper authorization.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield says he has asked for an independent audit of Tennessee's prisons after complaints from current and former employees that violence is on the rise.

In a hearing before a Senate subcommittee on Thursday, some employees blamed an unpopular new work schedule for staffing shortages that they said have made the prisons more dangerous. They also said wardens were being pressured into classifying violent assaults as nonviolent incidents in order to make it look as though prisons are safer than they actually are.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A professor at Middle Tennessee State University has been appointed to lead a panel that will review the name of a campus building honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The university said in June that it would engage the community on the name of Forrest Hall, which houses MTSU's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program and is named after the rebel general, slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan member.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man wanted for the stabbing deaths of two 18-year-old women inside a tanning salon 19 years ago has been returned to Nashville.

Multiple media outlets report that 39-year-old Patrick L. Streater had been held in a prison in San Diego, California until Wednesday, serving time for robbery. Metro Nashville police officers transported him back to the city to answer to a 2013 indictment charging him with the 1996 stabbings.

Tennessee not a bad place to retire

Aug 27, 2015
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --   Tennessee may not have Florida’s sandy beaches or Arizona’s Grand Canyon scenery, but it turns out the state isn’t a bad place to retire.

WMOT reporting partner Wallethub.com recently analyzed 24 metrics to rank the nation’s 150 most retirement friendly cities.  Nashville made the list at position 25. Knoxville and Chattanooga also ranked above average.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The AAA says holiday travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday will reach levels not seen since before the Great Recession.

The agency says it expects 35. 5 million Americans to hit the nation’s roads for the long holiday weekend that begins next Thursday. AAA says there haven’t been that many Labor Day travelers on the move since 2008.

AAA spokesperson Stephanie Milani says Tennessee’s roadways are going to be crowded.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro Police have arrested a man they believe is a member of the Chicago based Vice Lords street gang.

The MPD arrested 33-year-old Aspen Ave. resident Brian D. Bradley on Tuesday, charging him with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Police responded Tuesday morning to a silent alarm at the Subway on Old Fort Parkway. A clerk told police Bradley had approached the counter and asked if she was alone in the store. The clerk believed he had a gun in his pants pocket and intended to rob the store.

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