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5:12am

Tue July 15, 2014
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Haslam-Owned Truck-Stop Chain Won't be Charged

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may have put the worst behind it after federal attorneys agreed not to prosecute Pilot Flying J for cheating customers.

In an agreement with prosecutors, the nation's largest diesel retailer acknowledges that employees cheated trucking companies out of promised fuel rebates and discounts. Prosecutors said Monday that Pilot has agreed to pay a $92 million penalty, which is within the range of what the company would pay if convicted at trial.

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6:42pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Arts

Uncle Dave Macon Days Adds Kid Component to Festival

Children attending the Macon Music day camp learn how to play the comb through a piece of wax paper.
Credit E.R. West

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WEST)  --  Storyteller David Lasseter slid his fingers up and down an old washboard in front of a group of 30 kids sitting on wooden church pews Friday morning.

“But the storekeeper understood squirrel talk and said, ‘Little squirrel, all your family is gone. I bet they are having a picnic down by the bridge. Why don’t you go check?’”  Lassester told the kids, with his eyes growing bigger.

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12:27pm

Mon July 14, 2014
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Murf. Woman Wakes to Find Intruder in Her Bedroom

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Murfreesboro woman woke this morning to find an intruder pointing a gun at her face.

Yearwood Avenue resident Jade Lehman wasn’t harmed, but the intruder did steal her laptop computer before fleeing.

Murfreesboro Police, Middle Tennessee State Police and Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies responded, but failed to locate the suspect. He’s described as a black man of average build wearing all black clothing.

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12:25pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Business

Volkswagen to Add Second Production Line at Tennessee Plant

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Governor Bill Haslam traveled to Germany Monday to attend festivities surrounding the announcement that Volkswagen will add a second vehicle production line at its plant in Chattanooga.

The Tennessean reports VW will hire 2000 additional assembly workers to build a new crossover vehicle at the Chattanooga facility. The company also says it will open a design and research facility in Tennessee. The project reportedly involves more than $600 million in new investments.

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5:34am

Mon July 14, 2014
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Gore, Kennedy Clan at Tenn. Funeral for Press Icon

FNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore and members of the Kennedy family are joining hundreds of mourners for the funeral of renowned journalist and press freedom champion John Seigenthaler.

Monday's funeral in Nashville reflected the wide reach of Seigenthaler's career, which included leading the newspapers The Tennessean and USA Today and working as a civil rights adviser during the administration of John F. Kennedy. Seigenthaler also was part of Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign and was a pallbearer at Kennedy's funeral after his assassination in 1968.

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