Tennessee Agricultural Museum Gets New Director

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The state's Department of Agriculture announced Wednesda that Gregory Phillipy was named the new director of the Tennessee Agricultural Museum.

Phillipy's appointment is effective immediately

Phillipy takes over from Anne Dale, who served the museum for 25 years.

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Staples Shutters Memphis-Area Stores, Retains Distribution Center

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Staples is no longer part of the brick-and-mortar retail scene in the Memphis area.

The Memphis Daily News reports the officer supply company has closed all of its Memphis-area locations, meaning that the closest Staples store is now located in Tupelo, Miss.

Staples however will hold onto a distribution center on Pleasant Hill Road, the paper reports.

In March of this year, Staples announced it would close up to 225 stores as part of a plan to save $500 million, citing figures it said showed that half its sales are now generated online.

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State Names Top School Principal

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- An elementary school in Chattanooga can now boast of having the top principal in the state.

The Tennessee Department of Education has named Ronald Hughes, principal of Apison Elementary School in Chattanooga, as the state's 2014-15 Principal of the Year.

Also, Timothy Parrott, the director of secondary education and career and technical education in Anderson County, has been named the Supervisor of the Year.

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Park Volunteer Rescued from Great Smoky Mountain National Park

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A volunteer with the National Park Service ended up spending the night in Great Smoky Mountain National Park after he became injured from falling off a horse.

The 68-year-old was working with backcountry horsemen on Saturday to pack out equipment used by the Rocky Top Appalachian Trail Crew when he fell off the horse, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Due to the risks involved with a rescue at night, members of the park's search and rescue team hiked up the trail with equipment to shelter in place until help could arrive.

Heavy fog on Sunday morning delayed the THP aviation's unit noon, when the rescue crew was able to locate the victim and hoist him from the scene without incident.

The 68-year-old was airlifted to Sevierville Airport, and transported by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

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12-Year-Old Charged with Arson in Weekend Fire

(SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn.) -- A 12-year-old child has been charged with setting fire to an abandoned house in Northaven Sunday afternoon.

The child has been charged with aggravated burglary and arson, stemming from a fire at the house on Brandywine Blvd., according to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect was one of four children, including two 6-year-olds and a 9-year-old, who were taken into custody in connection to the fire.

Investigators said the 12-year-old -- the only one charged so far -- and a fifth suspect were allegedly responsible for setting the fire.

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