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State officials first had to get a good count of Tennesseans with disabilities who've been able to hold down a paying job before setting a goal to double the figure in five years. So they surveyed the local agencies that help administer benefits from the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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Nashville-area Uber drivers are learning more about their responsibilities to passengers who travel with service dogs.

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Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is hoping to help more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find jobs.

It's part of a plan that officials say would move thousands off the state's waiting list for disability services. 

Clover Bottom closure
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Tennessee is closing its largest facility for people with disabilities. At its peak in the 1960s, the sprawling Clover Bottom campus in Donelson housed 1,500 Tennesseans. The last six residents will relocate this month into small group homes.

One state agency is now training police officers in Tennessee on how to better interact with people who have disabilities. The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities created the training guide as part of a settlement over a decades-long lawsuit.