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The father of an East Tennessee teen killed in a car crash testified before a state House committee leveling tearful criticism at the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

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It was beginning to look last week like the road was finally beginning to clear for Governor Bill Haslam’s transportation plan and gas tax hike.

Then, some legislative leaders from the governor's own party cut in.

Now, the Tennessee legislature is set for what could be a make-or-break week.

Nashville Public Radio's Jason Moon Wilkins sat down with statehouse reporter Chas Sisk to lay out the route ahead.

Photos courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Country Music Hall of Fame announced its 2017 class Wednesday morning. The trio includes a guitar hero turned movie star, a songwriting legend and a honky tonk revivalist.

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Tennessee legislators have once again been revisiting the state's gun laws. Past years have seen them authorize guns in parks, guns in bars, and even on college campuses, though with many restrictions.

So what's next? Nashville Public Radio's Jason Moon Wilkins sat down with statehouse reporter Chas Sisk to talk about that.

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This year saw an unusually warm winter for Middle Tennessee. That meant flowers blooming and plants beginning to bud in February.

The few March nights of freezing temperatures that followed sent farmers and gardeners scrambling and reminded some of a similar, but far more catastrophic, year.

Research farmer Adam Turtle of Summertown remembers the Easter weekend of 2007, when weeks of warm nights crashed into temperatures in the teens.

Photograph: Ilpo Musto, By Permission From Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

When musician and poet Leonard Cohen died last year, there was little mention made of the time he spent in Tennessee. But the songwriter lived for nearly two years in a remote cabin outside of Nashville in the late '60s and early '70s, where he worked on songs like "Bird on the Wire" and "Famous Blue Raincoat."

Those who did mention of Cohen’s Tennessee period always brought up the cabin, which was located near Leiper's Fork. 

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It’s been only five months since state Representative Jeremy Durham was expelled from the Tennessee General Assembly amid allegations he’d sexually harassed nearly two dozen women.

But lawmakers are already wrestling with the issue again, following the resignation of another legislator: Memphis Representative Mark Lovell. Just weeks after being sworn in, he was accused of touching a woman inappropriately.

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Last week, Governor Bill Haslam announced a plan to provide free community college for everyone.

 

It's an extension of Tennessee Promise, the program of tuition-free community college enjoyed by recent high school graduates.

Metro Nashville Police Department

44-year-old Metro Police Officer Eric Mumaw died this morning trying to stop a woman from committing suicide.

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The Tennessee General Assembly was not in session last week but they were still handed what might be the biggest batch of state legislation this year.

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