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8:17am

Wed July 9, 2014
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Figures Show Decline in Tennessee July 4th Traffic Deaths

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Highway Patrol officials say preliminary figures show a decline in traffic fatalities during this year's Fourth of July holiday period.

Early estimates indicate seven people were killed in traffic crashes across the state during the 96-hour holiday, a decrease from the 19 vehicular deaths during last year's holiday period.

State troopers arrested 119 individuals on suspicion of DUI and issued 1,414 seat belt citations during this year's holiday period.

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8:15am

Wed July 9, 2014
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Investigators Go to Troubled Memphis Cemetery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say investigators have descended on a Memphis-area cemetery whose owner is charged with mishandling bodies.

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation went to Galilee Memorial Gardens on Tuesday to gather evidence as part of a criminal probe into how bodies were buried at the cemetery.

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11:41am

Tue July 8, 2014
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Murfreesboro Man Stabbed to Death Overnight

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Media reports say a Murfreesboro man has died of stab wounds in what appears to be a case of domestic violence.

WSMV-TV reports that Murfreesboro Police were called to a home on Pine Court a little after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Officers reportedly found 23 year old Zaneil Radley stabbed on the scene. He was taken to Saint Thomas Rutherford hospital where he died of his injuries.

The MPD’s Domestic Violent Crimes Unit is reportedly investigating and will likely present its findings to the Rutherford County Grand Jury.

10:54am

Tue July 8, 2014
Politics

Rutherford County Elections Administrator Fired

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Rutherford County Election Commission has voted to dismiss its Elections Administrator.

The Daily News Journal reports council members voted 5-0 Monday night to fire Nicole Lester amid complaints that she wasn’t showing up for work.

Lester disputed the claims and would not rule out the possibility of filing a lawsuit over the dismissal.

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10:51am

Tue July 8, 2014
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Embattled State Ed. Commissioner Gets Support

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is getting some support amid criticism of his leadership.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1n0Hu4c) reports that an online petition with more than 300 signatures as of Monday lauds the leadership of the embattled commissioner.

Last month, a letter signed by 15 Republican lawmakers demanded the resignation of Huffman, citing complaints from school administrators, teachers and students about Huffman's leadership style as his department implements a series of changes in K-12 education.

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