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Woman Completes Goal of Singing National Anthem in Every State

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A woman on a mission to become the first person to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in all 50 states completed her goal Thursday night in Tennessee.

Janine Stange, also known as "The National Anthem Girl," celebrated her 50th performance in Nashville before an NFL preseason game.

Stange says she wanted to complete her mission by a special date.

"The National Anthem is turning 200 on September 14th, so I made it a self-imposed deadline to finish by that date," she said.

Stange is known for bringing thank you cards to every performance in which fans can write messages to deployed service members.

"I love this country," she said, "I love the men and women who embody the meaning of the National Anthem."

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One Winner of $1.69M Tennessee Cash Jackpot; New Record Set

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- One lucky Tennessee Cash ticket was sold with the winning numbers drawn on Wednesday night, and that ticket turned out to be a record-setting one.

According to Tennessee Lottery, there was only one winner of the $1.69 million jackpot, making this the largest prize for a single-winner in the Tennessee Cash game.

Previously, the record for a single winner was $1.52 million.

"The lucky Tennessee Cash ticket was purchased by a player in this Lewis County town, and the Lottery is looking forward to meeting the as-yet-unknown person," Tennessee Lottery said in a statement Thursday.

The record high jackpot for the game is $2.2 million, which was split between two tickets.

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Nashville Tops List of 'Most American' Cities

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Nashville is about American as apple pie. Maybe even more so now that the personal finance website WalletHub has named it 2014's most American U.S. metro area.

To reach that conclusion, WalletHub graded 366 metro areas on a series of 26 metrics that included age, gender and income.

Nashville scored at near the top of key rankings such as socio-demographic makeup, housing, economy and education to capture the crown.

Here are the top 25 most American cities:

  1. Nashville, TN    
  2. Cincinnati, OH    
  3. Indianapolis, IN    
  4. Charleston, SC    
  5. Jacksonville, FL    
  6. Greenville, SC    
  7. Oklahoma, OK    
  8. Phoenix, AZ    
  9. Albuquerque, NM    
  10. Winston, NC    
  11. Birmingham, AL    
  12. Greensboro, NC    
  13. Orlando, FL    
  14. Charlotte, NC    
  15. Columbus, OH    
  16. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY    
  17. Lexington, KY    
  18. Tulsa, OK    
  19. Baton Rouge, LA    
  20. Columbia, SC    
  21. St. Louis, MO    
  22. New Orleans, LA    
  23. Kansas City, MO    
  24. Tucson, AZ    
  25. Little Rock, AR

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Deadly Crash Reported on I-75 in Campbell County

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Two tractor-trailers reportedly collided head-on on Interstate 75 in Campbell County on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the accident took place near Caryville at about 3 p.m. when a rig went across the median and hit a tank truck. Another car then became involved in the crash as well.

One person was killed and three were injured, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Armed Men at-Large After Robbery in Nashville

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Authorities are looking for two armed men suspected in a robbery in Nashville.

According to the city of Nashville, early Tuesday morning, two men, armed with a gun, confronted the clerk, a guest, and a security guard in the lobby of a La Quinta Inn.

The suspects stole an unopened safe from the hotel and fled in a car belonging to a security guard.

The stolen car has been recovered but the men remain at-large.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.


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