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Sales Tax Holiday this weekend for TN, GA, AL


States allow purchases (with limitations) without collecting sales tax, easing the financial burden of parents. More>>

Tax free weekend is August 1st-3rd


If you need to do some back-to-school shopping this is the weekend to do it.It's tax-free weekend for both Tennessee and Georgia. More>>

UPDATE: EF-3 tornado touched down in north TN

Authorities say powerful storms crossing east Tennessee have destroyed 10 homes and damaged others, though there are no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries. More>>

Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion


Family Dollar has struggled and has attempted to reinvigorate sales by lowering prices on almost 1,000 basic items. More>>

TN has 760 of the children crossing into US

Tennessee has received about 2.5 percent of the unaccompanied children crossing into the United States. More>>

Ash products quarantine expanded in TN

According to the state Agriculture Department, the new quarantine affects Clay, Fentress, Macon, Morgan, Overton, Pickett and Rhea counties. More>>

Tennesseans to share $10 million in refunds

More than 336,000 Tennessee residents will split $10 million in refunds from health insurance companies because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Police searching for information on missing woman


Thirty-year-old Elizabeth Brooke Roberts was last seen Monday at her job at the Harpers Point Luxury Apartments in Murfreesboro. More>>

Hitting the airwaves: Sides in debate over justices dial up TV, radio ads


Tennesseans for Fair Courts declared in a news release it has put an ad online to defend the justices against “extremist attacks” and plans to soon begin airing it on TV today in Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga. More>>

THP to begin taking cadet applications on July 30

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will start accepting applications for its new trooper cadet class on July 30. More>>

More early voters are heading to the polls in Tennessee


Early voting in Tennessee has been going on for the past four days. The number of residents voting this year across the state has increased from 4 years ago.

'Guns are Welcome' signs posted at Tennessee restaurant


One Tennessee restaurant owner is making her opinion very clear by posting a 'Guns are Welcome' sign on the front door of her family-friendly establishment. More>>

Groups want multi-state trails in TN, KY and VA

Several groups on the Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia borders want to connect the trial systems in the area and create one large trail in an effort to draw more adventure tourism into the area. More>>

Early voting underway Friday for Tenn. primary

Early voting is getting underway for Tennessee's primary election that features tea party-style challenges to Lamar Alexander's bid for the Republican nomination to a third term in the U.S. Senate. More>>

Report: FBI quizzing people about meningitis

FBI agents have been interviewing Tennessee residents sickened or widowed by fungal meningitis as part of a criminal probe into the outbreak that sickened 751 people nationwide with 64 deaths. More>>

Tourism department presents new Tennessee logo

Tennessee's tourism agency has a new logo and ad campaign aimed to spark travelers' interest in a vacation that can only be made in Tennessee. More>>

TN road projects could face cuts in August

Tennessee has funding for 13 road-widening projects totaling more than $200 million waiting on whether Congress refreshes the federal Highway Trust Fund in August. More>>

New SUV could boost local supplier jobs Video included


Local suppliers are beaming VW officials gave the green light to build the CrossBlue in the Scenic City. More>>

First Chattanooga Passat owner aims to be first CrossBlue owner Video included


Southside resident Ellen Hays remembers the excitement that lead up to the day she was handed keys to her brand new Passat. More>>

New SUV brings hope for students’ job opportunities Video included


Volkswagen's new CrossBlue SUV is bringing a lot of hope to the futures of local students, especially when it comes to jobs. That includes Chattanooga State Community College's partnership with the Volkswagen Academy.  More>>

VW to add planning center for Chattanooga Video included


Volkswagen officials announced that 200 new engineering jobs will be coming to the Chattanooga plant as part of a National Research Development and Planning Center, in a news conference in Wolfsburg, Germany Monday morning. More>>

MAU hiring for automotive-related positions


MAU Workforce Solutions is hiring to fill multiple positions in Chattanooga. More>>

Blood Assurance in need of O- blood


Know your blood type? If you are O-, Blood Assurance is looking for you. More>>

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New TN law allows gun owners without permits to keep loaded firearms in vehicle


Tennessee gun owners may now legally keep loaded firearms in their vehicles even if they don't have a state-issued handgun-carry permit.

Haslam to talk with new US health secretary


Gov. Bill Haslam is expressing hope that a planned discussion with the nation's new health secretary during the National Governors Association meeting in Nashville this week might rekindle talks over his plan for Medicaid expansion in Tennessee. More>>

Roll out the barrel: Jack Daniel open new AL cooperage to make famous barrels


The maker of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey opened a new cooperage in Alabama to supply its distillery with the American white oak barrels that are toasted and charred to give the spirit its distinctive flavor and color. More>>

UPDATE: Dogs left behind by couple find new home


The couple, in their 80s, were well-known in the Rhea County community. More>>

THP stresses safety over July 4 holiday period Video included

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is taking steps to ensure motorists drive safely during this Fourth of July holiday period. More>>

Feeding black bears close trails in Smoky Mountains


Gregory Bald, one of the most visited high elevation meadows in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has been temporarily closed due to a high number of bears feeding on wild cherries at the site. More>>

It’s part of the law which gives communities the chance to vote on whether grocery stores can sell wine.

New law brings low gravity beer inside liquor stores Video included


An important new month, new laws are taking effect across the state.  Among them is a change for stores that could make shopping for some easier.

Man electrocuted during grain transfer


The victim was unloading grain into a silo at a farm on McMinn County Road 609 when he was electrocuted Wednesday morning.

Tennessee apologizes for Trail of Tears

Tennessee lawmakers have apologized to the Cherokee Nation for actions taken by President Andrew Jackson that forced up to 16,000 Cherokees off Tennessee lands 175 years ago. More>>

New laws dealing with pregnancy and also DUI begin July 1st


There are quite a few new laws that begin July 1st.  Two dealing with DUI and another dealing with pregnancy.

Anti-meth law among those taking effect July 1 in TN

A law limiting the purchase of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine is among those taking effect on July 1. More>>

THP increases visibility during July Fourth weekend


The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a high-visibility enforcement campaign during this year’s Fourth of July holiday period. More>>

UPDATE: Cleveland police arrest man in connection to overnight shooting


Cleveland police have arrested Garrett Hooper in connection to a shooting on Freewill Road that sent one person to the hospital.

TN high school students see gain in TCAP scores


The Education Department said in April that the scores would be delayed because of a change in assessments but decided to release them after experts signed off on the validity and accuracy of the results. More>>

UPDATE: Police looking for armed robber who shot clerk Video included


Convenience store employees that work near Lee Highway say they are on edge after an armed robbery Sunday night landed one of their own in the hospital.  More>>

Flash flood warnings issued for TN and GA


With a seeming constant cycle of afternoon rains, the possibility of some localized flooding exists for the Channel 3 viewing area. More>>

Haslam signs agreement to protect dairy industry

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease. More>>

Free HIV testing at Walgreens through Saturday

Several Walgreens locations across Tennessee are offering free HIV testing through Saturday. More>>

UPDATED: Chattanooga police investigate 7th shooting since Friday Video included


Chattanooga police are now investigating the Scenic City's seventh shooting since Friday. Two of those shootings have been ruled homicides. Police responded to a report of a person shot near the 1200 block of E. 38th Street early this morning.

UPDATE: Fatal semi/car accident in Rhea County claims second life Video included


An elderly man is dead, his wife in critical condition, after a semi truck collided with their vehicle, in a heavily traveled area on Highway 27. More>>

Convicted rapist accused of preying again


A 53-year-old Chattanooga violent sex offender is accused of brutally raping a 24-year-old woman inside a vacant house. Willie James Bradley faces two counts of aggravated rape and false imprisonment.

'Rocky Top' music publisher gets appeal for town re-naming

The publisher of the bluegrass standard "Rocky Top" is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a request to stop the East Tennessee town of Lake City from trying to cash in on the song's fame. More>>

Peyton Manning will be Athens Chamber 2015 speaker


Former University of Tennessee football player and Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning  will be the Athens Chamber of Commerce 2015 speaker for the 9th Annual Benefit Dinner. More>>

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TN mother, boyfriend get 20 years for pimping her teen daughter


Investigators said the mother was accused with having sex with the girl, both alone and with the other men, and providing drugs and alcohol to her daughter, who was 13 and 14 years old at the time. More>>

Police: Suspected armed purse snatcher nabbed


A 28-year-old Chattanooga man is accused of robbing a woman of her purse at gunpoint before running a block away.

UPDATE: UT trustees approve 6% tuition hike

Some Tennessee college students could see a nearly 9% hike in tuition this fall. More>>

Chikungunya virus in Hamilton County?


The Health Department is investigating suspected cases of chikungunya in Hamilton County in people who recently traveled to the Caribbean.

TN Gov. Haslam's weeklong Asia trip shrouded in secrecy

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's public schedule carried a notice that he would be in Asia this week on an economic development trip. More>>

TN holding earthquake response exercise

Tennessee National Guard members and emergency response officials are holding an exercise this week to simulate the response to a large earthquake along the New Madrid (MAD'-rihd) fault. More>>

Report labels Campfield as most conservative state senator, Johnson top liberal in House


Campfield is rated the most conservative senator, followed closely by Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, then Sens. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald; Bell; and Steve Southerland, R-Morristown. More>>

Amazon adds 100 full-time jobs in Bradley County


Amazon has invested in excess of $139 million in Southeast Tennessee and hired more than 2,500 full-time workers, including more than 2,000 at its Chattanooga operation, according to the company's latest figures. More>>

Grundy Co. man on 'Most Wanted' list arrested in Arkansas


McCurry was wanted by the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and the TBI for four counts of aggravated sexual battery and rape of a child.

Police: Woman beats man, drags him into Tennessee River


A woman is accused of beating a man until he was unconscious and then submerging him in the Tennessee River, according to Chattanooga police. Cierra Hix, who had just celebrated her 21st birthday a little more than an hour before the attack, faces a charge of attempted first degree murder. More>>

Southern Baptist leader: No change on marriage stance

The new president of the Southern Baptist Convention says the denomination won't relax its position on same-sex marriage and transgender identity, even as courts across the country strike down gay marriage bans and the... More>>

Battles rages over definition of Tennessee whiskey

A battle between two worldwide liquor companies - owners of rival brands Jack Daniel's and smaller rival George Dickel - is being waged over who has the right to label their whiskey as following authentic Tennessee style. More>>

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Does Chattanooga need a bypass?


The highway, which could be about 200 miles in length, is included in one of Thrive 2055's four newly unveiled growth scenarios for the three-state, 16-county area. More>>

Man accused of assaulting pregnant woman


A 22-year-old man faces two counts of domestic aggravated assault – including one count towards a viable fetus – after he grabbed a woman who is three months pregnant with his child and threw her down. More>>

FIRST ON 3: Arrest of 'A Better Tomorrow' CEO raises new questions Video included


Richard Bennett, 48, faces two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of violating open container law after Chattanooga police reportedly found him sitting in a minivan in East Lake. More>>

Group leads charge to gather signatures for wine sales in grocery stores


Red White and Food announced in May that the group will become an independent, nonprofit organization and will lead the statewide wine referendum campaign. More>>


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