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  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Officials are planning to assess damage after a severe storm with high winds and quarter-size hail passed through Tennessee knocking down power lines and toppling trees.

Thousands of power outages were reported across the central and eastern parts of the state Tuesday as the storm moved through. In the Chattanooga area alone, about 60,000 outages were reported at the height of the storm, according to power provider EPB. The company said in a statement that about 7,000 outages remained Wednesday morning.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  There were reports of power outages and downed trees across the extreme Southeast corner of Tennessee monday morning, but otherwise the state seems to have been spared by the storms that killed 18 across the southeast over the weekend.

 

At least 14 people were killed Suday in Georgia as the fast-moving storms tore across the state, with at least one deadly tornado reported before dawn and violent storms still rumbling after nightfall.

 

Tennessee General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee lawmakers have less than a month to file measures they want considered during this year's legislative session.

Bills filed after the Feb. 9 deadline must to get special committee approval.

House members are limited to filing 15 bills each. The chamber's rules also say the body won't take up legislation unless it also has a Senate sponsor.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An international drama featuring the illegal transfer of U.S. nuclear technology to China is playing out in a Tennessee courtroom. 

A Chinese-born U.S. nuclear engineer has pleaded guilty to helping a state-controlled Chinese nuclear energy company build reactors using U.S. technology.

The U.S. Department of Justice says 66-year-old "Allen" Ho has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to illegally bypass U.S. regulations on production of nuclear materials outside the United States.

Ho faces up to 10 years in prison.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  Put Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh on the growing list of those considering a run for governor in 2018.

 

Rep. Fitzhugh has served in the state House since 1995.

 

The West Tennessee Democrat says he wants to wait until after the upcoming legislative session to decide whether to join the race, but pending decisions by other potential candidates may shorten that timeline.

 

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