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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Weather Service says 2015 was something of a mixed weather year. 2015 featured the worst Cumberland Plateau ice storm in state history and the fewest Tennessee tornadoes since 2007.

Thousands of trees and power lines were knocked down in the February storms, blocking many roads including Interstate 40. More than 35,000 people lost power, some for up to a month. Officials say the icy weather was to blame for 21 deaths around the state, including 11 from hypothermia.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee high school has called off the rest of its basketball season after three of its players were arrested on charges of raping a teammate in an apparent hazing incident.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith says he’s taking this "very unusual step" with Ooltewah High School "so that the criminal justice system can work the way we expect."

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Franklin man is planning a Republican primary challenge to embattled state Rep. Jeremy Durham.

Retired Army Col. Sam Whitson tells The Tennessean that he’s assembled a team for the planned challenge.

Whitson says the Williamson County district needs a representative with what he calls "character, courage and a total commitment to our county."

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker is voicing support for the cause of armed anti-government protesters who took over a remote national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Republican state Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden took to Twitter on Monday to ask the protesters where he could send support for their effort. Holt later deleted the tweet but went on to debate the matter in subsequent posts.

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is the first state in the country to release a registry that includes the names of people convicted of having intentionally abused animals.

Tennessee’s registry went live on January 1, but currently contains no names.  Only abusers convicted in 2016 and after will be listed there.

Anyone can access the online registry, see a picture of the offender, and learn the offender's age and where the offender lives.

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