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Updated Thursday at 10:45 a.m.

A pair of tornadoes tore through Coffee County on Tuesday night, snapping trees in half and toppling barns with winds as high as 105 mph. The National Weather Service ranked both Middle Tennessee twisters as EF-1 intensity. And the state has now counted three other tornadoes that touched down in East Tennessee, where two people were killed by a lightning strike.

Over this Thanksgiving millions of people are expected to return to the fictional village of Stars Hollow. They’ll be revisiting the characters of the Gilmore Girls including the town troubadour, Nashville songwriter Grant Lee Phillips.

He appeared numerous times over the course of the show's seven seasons, either playing his own songs or covering everything from Wham to Merle Haggard to House of Freaks.    

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Those aren’t clouds.

Satellite images this week of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee show vast plumes of swirling smoke — due to a mass of ongoing wildfires.

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Less than a week out from the most contentious election in generations, the stars at Wednesday night’s Country Music Association Awards in Nashville did not take the bait.

None of the night’s performers or presenters used their screen time to make any overt political mentions. The show’s hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood poked fun at and lightheartedly lamented the never ending nature of this year’s campaigns, with a few gentle jabs at Donald Trump.

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Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns wants to sift through Nashville's attics.

He's working on an epic 16-hour film on the history of country music. His team has interviewed a hundred musicians and historians so far. But he figures there are some home videos that should be included. Specifically, he's looking for fan footage from the 1950s through the 1990s.

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At Wednesday night's CMA Awards, Dolly Parton will be honored for a lifetime of success.

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Updated 4 p.m.:

Fuel retailers in Tennessee are working with federal authorities on contingency plans to get gasoline to drivers. But right now, they’re only contingency plans.

A deadly explosion Monday night on the Colonial Pipeline has shut off gas to Middle Tennessee for the rest of the week.

The Tennessee Fuel and Convenience Store Association says there should be plenty of fuel available to restock pumps in the southeast, as long as drivers don’t rush the pumps.

"Our goal is to be prepared to handle the logistical challenges of bringing-in enough fuel to make-up the difference while the Colonial Pipeline 1 is closed," said the association's Emily LeRoy.

Updated 3 p.m.:

Colonial Pipeline says its pipeline carrying diesel and jet fuel has restarted. But its primary gas line is expected to be down the rest of the week.


Friday night, Christ Presbyterian Academy will face Whites Creek High School in a football game that marks the end of the regular season and the beginning of a new era in Tennessee athletics.

Nashville Public Library

In its ongoing effort to chronicle the local music scene, the Nashville Public Library announced this week it has launched a streaming website, becoming the fourth library system in the nation to set up such a service.

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Country legend Garth Brooks has done something no artist has done before: He's had seven albums become diamond certified by the Recording Industry Association of America. That means that each of those seven albums has sold over 10 million copies.