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Tasca races to first Funny Car victory in nearly 7 years

Jun. 16, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Bob Tasca III raced to his first Funny Car victory in nearly seven years, beating 70-year-old John Force on Sunday in the final round of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. Tasca won for the fifth time and first in 100 races, denying Force his 150th career victory...

Judge blocks city's decision to dissolve police department

Jun. 16, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

RIDGETOP, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has blocked a city's decision to dissolve its police department amid budget constraints. News outlets report Robertson County Judge Bill Goodman signed a temporary restraining order on Friday, which allowed the Ridgetop Police Department to resume operations. Ridgetop Mayor...

Man dies while attending Bonnaroo music festival

Jun. 16, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Bonnaroo officials say a 27-year-old man has died while attending the Tennessee music festival. Festival organizers told news outlets in a statement that a medical situation was reported Saturday at a campsite. They said the man, who was camping with his father, was found...

New Deal artifacts unveiled at TVA building

Jun. 16, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

NORRIS, Tenn. (AP) — A 2016 lightning strike at a TVA building led to a discovery that TVA archaeologist Marianne Shuler described, appropriately, as "shocking." During renovations after the fire, workers found brick work covering a 1937 electric kiln which TVA had used to demonstrate some of the uses for...

New Deal artifacts unveiled at TVA building

Jun. 16, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

NORRIS, Tenn. (AP) — A 2016 lightning strike at a TVA building led to a discovery that TVA archaeologist Marianne Shuler described, appropriately, as "shocking." During renovations after the fire, workers found brick work covering a 1937 electric kiln which TVA had used to demonstrate some of the uses for...

Lee to call for special session to replace House speaker

Jun. 15, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor says he will call for a special session to replace the state's House speaker, who plans to step down amid a scandal over explicit text messages. News outlets report that Gov. Bill Lee made the announcement to reporters Saturday night ahead of the Tennessee...

70-year-old John Force tops NHRA Funny Car qualifying

Jun. 15, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — John Force topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The 70-year-old Force had a 3.911-second run at 326.95 mph in a Chevrolet Camaro SS in the second session Friday night. The 16-time season champion is chasing his 150th event...

Peyton Manning adds another honor in TN Sports Hall of Fame

Jun. 15, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Peyton Manning, the former quarterback with a record five NFL MVPs among the string of awards and honors to his credit, calls his decision to attend the University of Tennessee one of the best he's ever made. That makes being inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on...

Another rural Tennessee hospital closes

Jun. 15, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — The only hospital in Tennessee's rural Fentress County has closed. News outlets report that Jamestown Regional Medical Center closed Thursday after it stopped receiving Medicare and Medicaid payments for new patients. The hospital's CEO said the funding loss and supply issues led to...

Board of Regents set to consider college tuition increases

Jun. 15, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The board that oversees Tennessee's community and technical colleges is set to consider increases in tuition and fees at its upcoming meeting. The Board of Regents said it will hold a quarterly meeting at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin. Committees will meet Thursday...