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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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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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TN Highway Patrol to Conduct 'No Refusal' DUI Campaign

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is scheduled to conduct a "No Refusal" enforcement campaign for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Starting midnight Friday, officials can seek warrants for blood samples for motorists suspected of driving while impaired. The initiative will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 1.

"Law enforcement officials have another tool to utilize to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways by conducting ‘No Refusal’ enforcements," said THP Colonel Tracy Trott. "We have chosen to implement this enforcement in each of the eight highway patrol districts, and with the help of various local law enforcement agencies across the state. The ultimate goal is remove drunk drivers from our roadways and to save lives."

Residents in Union, Hamilton, Marion, Montgomery, Shelby, Hawkins, Smith, Maury, and Hardin counties will also see an increase in patrol presence.

Law enforcement officials are also expected to conduct driver's license and seat belt checkpoints, along with "saturation patrols" near bars and taverns.

A total of 16 people were killed in 15 crashes on state roadways during the 2013 Labor Day holiday. Officials cited alcohol in six of the incidents.

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Former TN Union Treasurer Gets Prison Time for Wire Fraud

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A former state union treasurer received a 30-day prison sentence for wire fraud, officials announced Monday.

Don McMahon, of Cordova, served as Tennessee treasurer for the Association of Civilian Technicians, a labor organization that represents an estimated 130 members of the state's Air National Guard in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.

The 40-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of an eight-count indictment of wire fraud. Between 2009 and 2011, McMahon embezzled nearly $12,000 in association funds by using the group's debit card to make personal purchases and withdraw cash from ATMs. McMahon also wrote approximately $2,500 in checks to himself from the assocation's accounts and faked documents to hide the trail, according to officials.

McMahon is ordered to pay nearly $2,000 in restitution to the union, along with $10,000 to the group's insurance company. He is subject to three years of supervised release, with one year of home detention and electronic monitoring following the completion of his prison sentence.

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Illegal Gambling Operations Shut Down

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – Two illegal gambling operations were shut down last Thursday night after eight months of investigation.

According to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, the alleged gambling rings were being operated out of two café storefronts – Café Bar 126 and Chot-Nho Café.

Police say Tommy Hoang allegedly owns Café Bar 126 and Trung Yan Duong and his wife Lan Duong own Chot-Nho Café.

Thirteen electronic gambling machines were seized from Café Bar 126 while six were seized from Chot-Nho Café.  Police collected $58,090 in cash from homes and businesses believed to be related to illegal gambling.  

Several people were issued misdemeanor citations.

 Additional charges and seizures are expected while the investigation remains ongoing.

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