AP Top Tennessee Headlines at 1:05 p.m. EST

Drought, the South's unwelcome guest, stays despite rains
ATLANTA (AP) -- Recent showers and storms have slightly eased the South's severe drought, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell....

Poll: Tennessee optimism grows for future of state, country
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- In a state that heavily favored Donald Trump, a Vanderbilt University poll says optimism in Tennessee has grown about the future of the state and country since the spring....

2 arrested in deadly Thanksgiving weekend shooting
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two men have been arrested in a triple shooting in Nashville over Thanksgiving weekend that left two people dead....

Brothers indicted on charges in fatal house party shooting
BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two brothers have been indicted on charges following a shooting at a Tennessee house party that left a teenage girl dead and several others wounded....

2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 2,400 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains....

Dolly Parton organizing telethon for Tenn. wildfire victims
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Country icon Dolly Parton has organized a musical telethon to raise money for victims of the Tennessee wildfires that destroyed more than 1,700 homes in the resort town of Gatlinburg....

Mountaintop coal mining ban on nearly 75,000 Tennessee acres
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Interior Department said Wednesday it is designating nearly 75,000 acres or more than 550 miles of mountain ridgelines in east Tennessee as unsuitable for future surface coal mining operations....