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Thursday
Apr242014

Nearly $10 Million in Grants for Transportation Improvements

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The state has announced nearly $10 million in grants to assist with transportation projects across Tennessee.

The Multimodal Access Fund Grants come up to a total of $9.9 million, and will be awarded to 13 communities across the state, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

"These grants are about creating transportation options for people across Tennessee," Gov. Bill Haslam said in a statement. "Improving our facilities for walking, biking, and transit is essential to the continued growth and success of our towns and cities and creating more livable communities for our residents."

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Thursday
Apr242014

Police Investigating Thursday Morning Shooting

(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- Chattanooga police are investigating after a man was reportedly shot early Thursday morning.

Police said Antonio Smith was shot in the leg while walking on Water Street.

He was was taken to a local hospital shortly before 2 a.m. in an unidentified private vehicle.

Detectives called Smith "uncooperative," saying that he "refused to offer details of the incident or suspect information."

Officers did not find any evidence of a shooting on Water Street. Anyone with information is asked to call (423) 698-2525.

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Thursday
Apr242014

Dept. of Agriculture Launches Mobile App

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture launched a new mobile app on Wednesday that will help Tennesseans find locally-grown farms, farm products and farmers markets.

The app is available on the iTunes and Google Play stores and is part of the agency's Pick Tennessee Products campaign. Users can search by item, region or season and can use the app to find directions to their destination.

TDA Commissioner Julius Johnson said that the Pick Tennessee Products campaign "has thrived for 28 years not only by providing real and valuable services, but also by having the flexibility to adapt to change."

The Pick Tennessee Products campaign was the state's first consumer product available on the web.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

First Lady Haslam Launches Tree Education Program

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A new tree education program was launched by first lady Crissy Haslam on Tuesday -- Earth Day.

The program titled the "Tennessee Residence Tree-Mendous Trail," invites students from across the state to the Tennessee Residence for them to learn about and identify different trees located on the property.

State officials said there are more than 50 different species of trees on the property.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Man Arrested for Breaking into National Civil Rights Museum

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Memphis police arrested a man for allegedly breaking into the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday night.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Dexter Anderson reportedly threw rocks into second-floor windows, climbed in, and slept in a bed in a Martin Luther King Jr. exhibit.

Anderson, 33, was caught by a security guard and taken into custody.

He was charged with criminal trespass and vandalism.

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