Blake Farmer

Nearly half a million votes have already been cast in Tennessee. Early voting is on pace to break turnout records set in previous presidential elections. Some voters say they want to avoid the drama of November 8.

It will still be weeks before scores are released for the few Tennessee students who completed new standardized testing in the spring. But already education officials are warning that the numbers will look bad.

Jean Shepard, one of the first women to find success in country music as a solo act, died Sunday at age 82. Shepard was a feisty, straight-shooting singer who created a career in an industry where she had few female role models.

Coach Ed Temple, who built the Tennessee State University women's track team into an international powerhouse, died Thursday night. He also coached two Olympic teams, leading his runners to 15 gold medals.

Tennessee lawmakers want to verify that school districts in Nashville and Memphis are giving privately-run charters their fair share of funding. Turns out, the two cities are using slightly different formulas to calculate how much they owe. 

Jack Daniel's is a historic brand built on stories and legend. To this day, all of the whiskey is made in the hills of little Lynchburg, Tenn. And as part of its 150th anniversary, the company is highlighting a lesser-known part of its story: how a former slave played a key role in its founding.

Each year, 300,000 people find their way off the beaten path to visit the Jack Daniel's distillery, where until recently, no one could even partake in the famous Old No. 7. But the fact that Lynchburg is in a dry country has only increased the allure. This is a brand built on story and legend.

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Tennessee stands to lose millions in highway funding because of a recently passed bill, says Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper. The legislation deals with drivers ages 18 to 20. It changed the allowable Blood Alcohol Content from .02 to .08.

Vanderbilt University has settled a long-running lawsuit so it can rename Confederate Memorial Hall. The school will pay $1.2 million to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which is considered present day value of the original $50,000 donation more than 80 years ago.