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Associated Press

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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TOP NEWS:

WILDFIRE SEASON

NASHVILLE — The wildfire season has arrived in Tennessee and state Forestry Division officials have a new tool that might make it a safer one. As in past seasons, people must obtain a daily burn permit. New this year is an online option that Division of Forestry officials hope will head off some fires. The season runs from Oct. 15 to May 15. By Randall Dickerson.

ALSO:

DESJARLAIS-ABORTION

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Tennessee Conservative Union is exploring whether to call for Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais' resignation following revelations that the congressman once urged a former patient with whom he'd had a relationship to have an abortion.

SUPERSONIC SKYDIVER-PARACHUTE

DUNLAP — Supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner's parachute was packed in Tennessee. George Galloway of Precision Aerodynamics told the Chattanooga Times Free Press his employees in Dunlap made possible the dive Sunday from the edge of space.

JACKSON POLICE HELICOPTER

JACKSON — A weekend hard landing that crumpled the Jackson Police Department's helicopter likely marks the end of the aircraft's use. Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist said the Bell Aircraft Corp. helicopter, built in 1972, is probably beyond repair.

IN BRIEF:

MOTTO-COURTHOUSE — The Putnam County Commission has voted unanimously to place the national motto "In God We Trust" on all four sides of the county courthouse.

MUSICIAN KILLED — Funeral arrangements have been set for slain Memphis musician B.B. Cunningham.

PLANE CRASH — Authorities are investigating a small plane crash in Cumberland County that injured two people.

SODDY-DAISY HOMICIDE — Authorities in Soddy-Daisy have charged a teen with criminal homicide in the death of a man who disappeared in July.

LAST BEERE FIGHT — When it got down to the last beer, it got physical in Rogersville. According to The Kingsport Times-News, Hawkins County deputies were called to a hospital emergency room after 21-year-old Brandon Justin Crabtree showed up with stab wounds.

OBESITY SUMMIT — Nashville will host the seventh annual Southern Obesity Summit next fall.

MEHARRY PRESIDENT — Meharry Medical College President Dr. Wayne J. Riley has been named to the Institute of Medicine.

LOTTERY MILESTONE — The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has raised a record $81 million in the first quarter.

ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES — Alternative Fuel Vehicles will be shown off in Nashville and a speaker will talk about the global oil supply.

FLAGS-SPECTER — The flag of the United States is flying at half-staff over Tennessee government buildings and installations.

LITTLE ROCK-PLANT CLOSURE — ConAgra Foods Inc. says it will close a pork-processing plant in Little Rock next year, putting more than 200 people out of work.

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