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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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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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