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State officials say the storms and freezing temperatures this past week in Tennessee caused 22 deaths. Gov. Bill Haslam elevated Tennessee on Saturday to a higher level state of emergency, meaning hard-hit areas may be eligible for state and federal assistance. Forecasters say the heavy precipitation has gone, but most of the state will see …

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Rains and above-freezing temperatures throughout much of Tennessee are causing flooding and slick roadways. Gov. Bill Haslam elevated Tennessee on Saturday to a higher level state of emergency, meaning hard-hit areas may be eligible for state and federal assistance. Power outages spiked from less than 10,000 Saturday morning to 50,459 by the afternoon. About 33,000 …

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Republican lawmakers still seething about the release about their enrollment in the state’s health care plan want to keep further coverage information from being made public. Connie Ridley, the director of legislative administration, has warned members that more details about their taxpayer-subsidized insurance could come to light even though she argues the information should be …

Hopefully Professors at MTSU made the most of their Thursday classes. The university will close at 1:45 p.m. in anticipation of “approaching inclement weather,” according to an MTSU Alert. Only services essential to public safety will remain open. While no official decision has been made about whether the University will stay open Saturday, the alert …

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The cold might not bother Disney’s Queen Elsa, but it’s wreaking enough havoc in Kentucky that a police department announced a joke warrant for the popular “Frozen” character’s arrest. Police in the small, rural town of Harlan posted a Facebook message Wednesday about Elsa. They wrote: “Suspect is a blonde female …

As MTSU resumes classes after this week’s winter weather, students have flocked to social media to express their thoughts and concerns on campus’ icy conditions. Even though the university closed three days for inclement weather, many thought the closure should continue due to icy road and sidewalk conditions throughout Middle Tennessee. Last night, many took …