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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Firefighters from around the region traveled to Gatlinburg and Sevierville to fight the fires. (National Park Service)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. – Last night, thousands of dollars were raised to help people affected by the wildfires that swept through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund, largely led by Dolly Parton, featured celebrities including Hank Williams Junior

PHOTO: With one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations of any U.S. city, Nashville is launching an Office of New Americans to help immigrants adapt, succeed, and ultimately benefit Nashville's economy. Photo credit: Kyle Simourd/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As the debate over immigration policy continues in Tennessee and across the nation, Nashville continues to move ahead with its own efforts to engage and empower immigrants who call the city home. On Monday, Mayor Karl Dean signed an executive order to create an Office of New Amer

PHOTO: The Tennessee Wilderness Act has been reintroduced in Congress by the state’s two U-S Senators. The legislation seeks to permanently protect 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest and add the state’s first new wilderness area in more than a quarter-century. CREDIT: Chris M. Morris

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Supporters are hoping the third time is the charm for the Tennessee Wilderness Act, which has once again been introduced in Congress. The legislation, sponsored by Tennessee's two U.S. senators, would expand five current wilderness areas and permanently protect 20,000 acres of t

PHOTO: April will bring the blooms of Redbuds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Due to federal budget cuts under the sequester, 3 campgrounds, 2 picnic areas and 1 horse camp will not open this summer. Photo credit: Public Domain

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Federal budget cuts mean you may have to revise those summer vacation plans. The sequester is leading to closures and cutbacks on services offered at places such as the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains. That's because the National Park Service is among th

PHOTO: More and more these days, women are getting involved in outdoor recreation. Charity Rutter with R & R Fly Fishing will lead a clinic this month in conjunction with Tennessee Wild. Photo credit: Charity Rutter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The nation just went through some of the toughest economic times in decades, but that didn't stop Americans from heading to the great outdoors. The number of people in the U.S. taking part in outdoor recreation continued to grow through the Great Recession. According to Jeff Hun

GRAPHIC: Patrons with fines for overdue library books at the Nashville Public Library can reduce the amount owned by $1 for each canned or packaged food item donated through January 20th. Courtesy of Nashville Public Library.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - You haul 25 tons and what do you get? Food for the hungry and reduction in debt. The Nashville Public Library has kicked off its annual Food for Fines program. Spokeswoman Renuka Christoph says those patrons who have fines for overdue library books can pay them off by donating f

Jeff Hunter shows a stunning waterfall to writer Chris Dortch in the Cherokee National Forest (Photo: Jeff Guenther)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Congress is winding down its current session, but Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are hoping that a wilderness bill that's been delayed for nearly two years will be passed by year's end. The Tennessee Wilderness Act, which is part of the bill, seeks to expand fiv

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hunger in America is growing and AARP is teaming up with race-car legend Jeff Gordon for the Drive to End Hunger here in Tennessee and across America. In the wake of the recession, one Tennessean in six is faced with the threat of hunger. Twenty percent of those so threatened are

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