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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been elected as the next chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The second term governor will take the reins from New Jersey’s Chris Christie, who has been on a victory lap at the group’s annual meeting in Florida this week after Republicans did especially well in the midterm elections. New …

A federal grant will help the Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court expand services over the next three years so that it can serve more people in Shelby, Montgomery and Davidson counties. The court allows service members and veterans who end up in the criminal justice system to choose treatment and recovery programs instead of ending up …

Cody Noyes reclined in the leg press machine at the Rec Center on campus stretching and loosening up for an attempt to lift triple his body weight with only his legs. Noyes, 23, an Integrated Studies major, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby. The disease usually limits mobility and Noyes, in earlier years, …

A man living near campus was shot at by several young men after chasing them away from his car Wednesday night, according to Murfreesboro police. Kenzo Gadie, 34, of South Bilbro Avenue, told police he went outside his house to smoke at around 7:50 p.m. and saw two men standing near his vehicle, according to …

A nonprofit hospice provider has been given state approval to expand services in Rutherford County. The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency approved an application for Alive Hospice this week, allowing it to begin working toward a June 2016 opening of a free-standing facility in Murfreesboro. Alive Hospice currently provides care for terminally ill patients …

A year after Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would have discouraged undercover citizen investigation of animal abuse, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing plant. The group released a video online Wednesday that it says was taken at a Koch (KUK’) Foods …