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9:24am

Mon December 23, 2013
Top Stories

AP: Top Tennessee Stories of 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When federal agents stormed the Knoxville headquarters of Pilot Flying J in April, it sent shockwaves through the business, sports and political worlds.

The investigation into a scheme to defraud customers at Pilot, which is owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, has been voted the state's No. 1 news story of 2013 by reporters and editors of The Associated Press, AP member newspapers and broadcast subscribers.

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9:23am

Mon December 23, 2013
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Tenn. Man Pleads Guilty to Cross Burning

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man has plead guilty to burning a cross in front of an interracial family's home in southern Tennessee.

The U.S. Justice Department says 41-year-old Timothy Stafford entered the plea in federal court in Nashville on Friday for his role in the April 30, 2012, cross burning at a home in Minor Hill, Tenn.

Stafford told the court he and two others built the cross in a workshop behind his house. After taking it to the couple's home, they used diesel fuel to light the fire because he didn't like interracial dating in his community.

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8:49am

Fri December 20, 2013
Business

Tenn. November Unemployment Rate is 8.1 Percent

Credit jobs4tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's unemployment rate for November was 8.1 percent, four-tenths of one percentage point lower than the previous month.

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said the October to November rate change is the largest monthly decline since April 2010.

Tennessee’s jobless rate is still more than a full percentage point above the the national unemployment rate which currently stands at 7 percent.

State figures show that nonfarm employment increased by 9,400 jobs from October to November.

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8:43am

Fri December 20, 2013
Politics

State Supreme Court Justice Koch to retire in July

Supreme Court Justice William C. Koch
Credit tncourts.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Supreme Court Justice Bill Koch plans to retire from the bench next year to become dean of the Nashville School of Law.

Koch, who has served on the state's highest court since 2007, says he plans to step down in July.

Koch was appointed to the Supreme Court by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, after a prolonged legal spat with the panel that presents three-candidate slates to the governor to choose from.

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11:02am

Thu December 19, 2013
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Hickman Evacuations Continue, Firefighters Make Progress

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say firefighters are making progress against a large industrial fire at a federal Superfund site in central Tennessee.

Hickman County Mayor Steve Gregory said Thursday morning that firefighters are trying to smother the blaze by covering it with dirt. He says the blaze is 65 percent contained.

Gregory said firefighters restarted efforts to fight the blaze around midnight after backing off earlier due to concerns that two propane tanks could explode. He said officials later determined that the tanks weren't a danger.

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