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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold  entered pleas of guilty to three of the 14 federal charges against him Wednesday morning.

The move was part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Arnold was indicted last year on charges surrounding the illegal sale of e-cigarettes to inmates in the county jail Arnold administered.  

WSMV-TV says Arnold will be sentenced in May. He could receive as much as 60 years, but will likely serve considerably less time.

Haslam proposes first Tennessee gas tax hike since 1989

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday proposed Tennessee's first gas tax hike in 27 years to fund an ambitious roadbuilding program that would carry through well after he leaves office in two years.

Haslam's plan would generate about $278 million per year in new transportation funding, while at the same time cutting about $270 million in taxes for shoppers buying groceries, manufacturing companies investing in the state and people earning income from stocks and bonds.

RuCo student arrested for bringing a gun to school

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office says a Riverdale High School student has been arrested for allegedly bringing a gun to school.

In a press statement released late Wednesday morning, the Sheriff's Office says the gun was found in the 17-year-old male student's back pack. 

RCSO says it received information that the student had brought a gun to school. School Resource Officer Shawn Jones approached the student who reportedly admitted he had a gun in the backpack. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health secretary said Wednesday that the health care system is losing focus on patients, its first priority, and he offered assurances that the new administration is not planning to launch into a Medicare overhaul.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at the start of a confirmation process that's expected to be highly contentious.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A preliminary report says federal transportation safety officials are still investigating what caused a Chattanooga school bus crash that killed six students.

The National Transportation Safety Board report released Tuesday says on Nov. 21, a 24-year-old driver was bringing 37 elementary students home when the bus left the curvy road, hit a utility pole, overturned and hit a tree, collapsing the roof. The NTSB says the driver left his normal route.

Driver Johnthony Walker faces vehicular homicide charges.

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