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11:00am

Thu December 19, 2013
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Nashville Residents Rank 12th for Volunteering

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Metropolitan Nashville residents are 12th in the nation for volunteering, according to the annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America report.

The report comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps Americans engage in volunteer activities in their communities.

The new report found that nearly 31 percent of Nashville metro area residents volunteered in 2012. In total, nearly 340,000 volunteers gave millions of hours of service.

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10:58am

Thu December 19, 2013
Politics

Maury Officials Refuse Request to Fund GOP Primary

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — The Maury County Commission has voted to deny funding for a Republican primary next May.

Maury County Election Administrator Todd Baxter tells The Columbia Daily Herald that the election commission is now bound by state law to take the issue to court.

Baxter says the election commission could hold a special meeting to decide how to proceed.

Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins says state law requires county governments to cover the cost of all local election.

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10:51am

Thu December 19, 2013
Politics

Campaign Complaint Filed Against Senator Tracy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Registry of Election Finance will consider a complaint filed against state Sen. Jim Tracy over a pancake breakfast he held last year for constituents.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1bSGTgU) reports the issue will be taken up in January.

Shelbyville resident James R. Moore said in the complaint that he believes Tracy may have violated campaign finance reporting procedures by having the event shortly before launching a bid for Congress.

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9:17am

Wed December 18, 2013
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Terrorism Charges Against Columbia Man Retired

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee prosecutor has decided not to pursue terrorism charges against a Tennessee man who wrote on Facebook last year that he felt like going on a rampage like the one at a school in Newtown, Conn.

Prosecutor Kyle Dodd told The Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/1cbcDAv) that he didn't feel like there was enough evidence to move forward with the case against 20-year-old Shawn Lenz.

Lenz was arrested on Dec. 16, 2012, two days after the school shooting in which 20 first graders and six adults were killed.

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9:05am

Wed December 18, 2013
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Haslam Names Holly Kirby to Tenn. Supreme Court

Tenn. Court of Appeals Judge Holly M. Kirby
Credit tncourts.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named Appeals Judge Holly M. Kirby to join the state Supreme Court after Justice Janice Holder retires next year.

Kirby has served on the Court of Appeals since 1995. She was previously a partner in the Memphis law firm Burch, Porter & Johnson.

The appointment comes as Tennesseans prepare to vote next year on a proposed constitutional amendment that would keep the current system of gubernatorial appointments to appeals courts but give the Legislature the power to reject the governor's choices.

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