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LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Jack Daniel's Distillery is teaming with a military support group to help military service members and their families get home for the holidays.

The "Operation Ride Home" campaign is in its sixth year. It helps active duty junior-enlisted military members and their families travel from their place of military service back home during the holidays.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Warner Music Group could receive between $1 million and $2 million in incentives for its Nashville expansion, based on job creation.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2ggRj59 ) Nashville's Metro Council has voted to award Warner $500 per job added in Nashville annually over the next seven years.

Warner's country music label employs about 100 people on Music Row. Next summer, Warner plans to open a 30,000-square-foot office at Nashville City Center with financial, legal and administrative jobs.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Conjoined twins from Nigeria have been separated after a lengthy operation at a Tennessee hospital.

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital spokeswoman Anne Glanker tells The Associated Press that Miracle and Testimony Ayeni were separated during an 18-hour procedure at the Memphis facility on Nov. 7 and 8.

The girls were conjoined at the lower half of the body.

The family has another reason to celebrate — Wednesday is the girls' first birthday.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Firearms Association is denouncing Tennessee's first female House speaker as the "pink elephant in the room" in calling for Beth Harwell's replacement as the chamber's leader.

Harwell is seeking the Republican nomination for a fourth term as speaker when the House GOP caucus meets on Thursday. She is being challenged by Rep. Jimmy Matlock of Lenoir City.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials say the state hit a record in drug overdose deaths in 2015.

The state Department of Health on Tuesday said 1,451 people died of drug overdoses last year. In 2011, 1,062 deaths were reported, and the total has grown each year since.

Last year's overdose death rate was 22 per 100,000 people. The rate in 2011 was 16.6 per 100,000 people.

In comparison, the health department says 14.7 per 100,000 people died in car accidents last year.

Nearly 72 percent of last year's overdose deaths involved opioids.

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