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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There were new developments Thursday afternoon in the Bedford County farmhouse fire that apparently claimed four lives.

Investigators quickly located the bodies of 72-year-old Leon McClaran and his 70-year-old wife, Molli, following the Sunday night blaze. Officials also expected to find the bodies of two of the McClaran's grandchildren in the rubble, but haven't been able to find them.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Nashville Red Cross is providing emergency shelter for more than 170 senior citizens.

The seniors, some of them in wheel chairs, were evacuated Monday evening from a Nashville apartment tower.

WSMV-TV reports that school buses were used to take the seniors from the Parthenon Towers near Centennial Park to the student activity center at Lipscomb University.

Beth Ferguson is a spokesperson for Nashville’s Red Cross. She says sheltering seniors provides some unique challenges.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  -- State Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, Bill Gibbons, will appear this week at an organized crime symposium that begins Tuesday on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

Entitled “Technology, Trafficking and Terrorism,” the 2012 Organized Crime Symposium is free and open to the public.

The seminar is sponsored by MTSU’s Forensic Institute for Research and Education and will tackle the difficult subjects of the sex trafficking of women and children, along with the increasingly sophisticated use of technology by gangs.