Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state House has adopted a new ethics rule that requires lawmakers to disclose any expense-paid travel out of the state that is valued at more than $100.

The Tennessee General Assembly has long posted the costs of state-paid travel on its website. But trips paid for by private parties did not have to be publicly disclosed.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park says it welcomed a record 11.3 million visitors in 2016 despite a deadly wildfire that began in the park.

A news release from the park says that the attendance numbers amount to a 5.6 percent increase over 2015.

Park Superintendent Cassius Cash said the support is particularly important following the November fire in the park that spread into the Gatlinburg tourist area.

The Nov. 28 fire killed 14 people in the Gatlinburg area and burned more than 2,400 buildings.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman accused of trying to end her pregnancy with a coat hanger has pleaded guilty to a felony.

Court documents show 32-year-old Anna Yocca pleaded guilty this week to attempted procurement of a miscarriage.

The court documents say the Murfreesboro woman was sentenced to one year with credit for time served. She had been incarcerated since December 2015, and jail officials say she has been released.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says Volkswagen officials have assured him that the German automaker's expansion plans in Tennessee remain on track despite an agreement to pay $4.3 billion in federal criminal and civil fines.

Haslam said in a statement Wednesday that the settlement "won't restrict in any way their capital expansion plans in Chattanooga." The governor said that Volkswagen has in fact committed to adding even more jobs at their only U.S. plant, but did not elaborate on the number of new positions.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker wants all Tennessee license plates to include the phrase "In God We Trust."

A bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Sanderson of Kenton would require the state Revenue Department to redesign license plates to include the language starting on July 1.

Gov. Bill Haslam last year vetoed a bill passed by both chambers that would have made Tennessee the first state in the county to declare the Bible as its official book.