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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials have authorized a special audit of Tennessee State Museum operations after its executive director received a 26 percent pay raise.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) reports that museum officials announced the audit last week.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music legend Crystal Gayle has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, nearly a half-century after she first walked onto its stage to perform as a teenager.

 Her sister, country luminary Loretta Lynn, welcomed Gayle to the Opry family during a Saturday night ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium.

The honor comes almost 50 years after Gayle made her Grand Ole Opry debut, singing "Ribbon of Darkness" at the Ryman when she was just 16. The Ryman hosted the radio show from 1943 to 1974.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Five people have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Memphis and Elvis Presley's Graceland, saying they were discriminated against at a Black Lives Matter protest during the annual vigil commemorating the singer's death.

Graceland owner, Elvis Presley Enterprises, and the city of Memphis are named in the complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in Memphis. Elvis Presley Enterprises didn't immediately comment. The city declined comment Thursday.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican speakers of the state House and Senate are making positive statements about Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to boost transportation funding while also cutting taxes in Tennessee.


But neither Rep. Beth Harwell of Nashville nor Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge are going so far as to endorse the proposal that would also include the state's first gas tax hike since 1989.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say insurance claims have topped $842 million in the deadly eastern Tennessee wildfires that burned thousands of buildings.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance provided the number to the Knoxville News Sentinel .

The department says as of Jan. 6, the Gatlinburg-area wildfires resulted in more than 3,900 claims and more than $842 million in residential and commercial property losses.

The numbers don't include damages to uninsured structures.