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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Three-term incumbent A C Wharton Jr. has conceded Memphis' mayoral election to a city council member, who is to become the beleaguered city's first white mayor in almost a quarter-century.

Wharton's concession to councilman Jim Strickland came late Thursday before complete results from the nonpartisan election were posted. Unofficial, incomplete totals reported Thursday night showed Strickland well ahead.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Loudon County woman is suing the city of Knoxville over its decision to ban guns at Chilhowee Park during last month's Tennessee Valley Fair.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Pandora Vreeland claims she could not safely attend the fair because of the gun ban. The 60-year-old says she is a target of would-be assailants because of her age. The suit also claims that "general interest events at 'gun-free' zones are uniquely susceptible to violent crime."


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMOT)  --  Mid-state congressional representative Marsha Blackburn is panning the Obama Administration's plans to accept more refugees from war-torn Syria.

Blackburn voiced her concerns Tuesday in Washington from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Blackburn says she sees the refugees as a possible security threat.

“How can we verify that these refugees do not present a threat to our national security? Syria has proven to be a fertile recruiting ground for Islamic extremists and terrorists.”


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote on loosening vehicle emissions testing requirements as soon as they return in January, undeterred by Volkswagen's recent admission that it had been gaming the tests already in place.

The bill is the latest in a series of efforts by Republican lawmakers to dial back the state's emissions testing program, which currently applies only in six of the state's 95 counties.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says a long-term revenue plan is needed to address Tennessee's growing list of unfunded road projects.

The Republican governor spoke to a conference of the Transportation Coalition of Tennessee in Murfreesboro on Tuesday.

He urged the members, many of whom were local government officials, to explain to people in their communities that something needs to be done to tackle the state's $6 billion backlog.

The governor has suggested a gas tax increase, which has been met with resistance from members of his own party.