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The Elephant Sanctuary

The oldest elephant in Tennessee turns 70 this week — a life that has far surpassed expectations and that is being celebrated by The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald.

Left: Abdirahman Noor / Courtesy of Winnie Aluoch, Right: Courtesy of Amina Hassan

For the first time, two Tennesseans will compete to become the beauty queen of the Kenyan-American community. The contest, called Miss Kenya USA, is happening in Seattle this week.

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Purdue Pharma's sales reps in Tennessee were pushing OxyContin even harder as the high-powered opioid came under more legal scrutiny in recent years. That's among hundreds of claims made by the Tennessee Attorney General in a lawsuit filed in May and made public Thursday.

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The tide may be starting to turn on the number of drug-dependent babies in Tennessee. After an alarming 5-year rise, the number of infants going through withdrawals from opioids is down by more than a quarter from the same point last year.

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Julie Davis directs half a dozen volunteers as they unload a 16-foot truck in front of a Nashville duplex. Bunk beds, dressers, lamps and a diaper-changing station come out of the truck. As do boxes with shampoo, books, toys, a kitchen’s worth of supplies.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

A federal judge in Nashville has ordered the state to reinstate driver's licenses for more than 146,000 Tennesseans who lost them because they couldn't pay their court fees.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Even asking how best to wean drug abusers off opioids can raise hackles. Addiction specialists have straddled a philosophical divide over the use of pharmaceuticals in the process. But the side advocating against medication assisted treatment is shrinking in Tennessee and nationwide.

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The music of Charles Ives and Aaron Copland — born in Connecticut and New York, respectively — might be among what comes to mind when considering quintessentially "American" music. But as we celebrate Independence Day this year, here's a look at American-inspired music from a different perspective: that of composers who weren't born in the United States. 

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Cherry bombs, bottle rockets and Roman candles may be more powerful, but they don't cause the most emergency room visits around the July 4 holiday. New data show the largest number of injuries come from what are often thought of as a safer firework alternative.

World Cup Plaza Mariachi Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The World Cup only comes around every four years. So this is the first chance for Plaza Mariachi in South Nashville to throw viewing parties.

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