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Update: 4:50 p.m.

Authorities in Gatlinburg have now confirmed three fatalities related to the fast-moving wildfires that roared through the mountain town last night. No other information has been released about the deaths except that they were outside of the town of Gatlinburg.

In 2003 the Supreme Court struck down state laws that made homosexual conduct a crime, and overnight, prosecutions under so-called "sodomy" laws ended.

But for some, the decision came too late — their charges were logged in court files and subject to background searches.

That's what brought a Nashville man this summer to seek out attorney Daniel Horwitz. The man sought expungement, the clearing of his record.

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A Tennessee judge says he is considering holding separate trials for each of the three men charged in the kidnapping, rape and killing of Holly Bobo more than five years ago. 

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While heroin-related deaths are seeing ‘epidemic-levels’ in other parts of the Ohio Valley, Tennessee health officials say the state hit its record number of drug overdose deaths last year.

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Tennessee’s Secretary of State is responding to concerns of ‘election rigging’ and voter fraud raised in the Presidential race, saying Tennessee’s voting system is “very secure.”  

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says Tennessee historically has not spent enough on education, but officials are working to change that. 

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has had a change of heart regarding Syrian refugees. He says he no longer opposes their resettlement in the volunteer state. 

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is thanking lawmakers for acting quickly in a special legislative session and preventing the loss of some $60 million in federal road money.

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A new Tennessee law allows authorized pharmacists to dispense the overdose antidote naloxone. Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner says administering the drug can reverse opioid effects and prevent death in many cases, allowing time for the person to receive further medical treatment. 

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Tennessee officials have approved rate increases requested by health insurers offering exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act.

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