MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Fire Department has inspected bay doors at its stations after firefighters missed calls because they were trapped inside their station during a power outage. The Commercial Appeal reports a fatal fire occurred nearby while fire equipment was stuck behind inoperable doors on Nov. 27. Memphis Fire Director Alvin Benson says the station's firefighters wouldn't have responded to that blaze even if the doors were working.
LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) - James Ray was a homebrewer and his wife, Eileen Ray, a fellow beer drinker, so when the farming couple began brainstorming unique varieties for their fledgling soap business last year, beer was high on the list. A year later, through a partnership with Jackalope Brewing Co., their beer soap dream is taking off.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A petition drive is forcing Chattanooga officials to reconsider a new law allowing health benefits for domestic partners of city employees. Opponents of the law gathered enough signatures last week to make the City Council either revisit its November vote or allow the issue to go to referendum.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Knox County officials have backed away from a plan to install solar panels on top of county-owned buildings and schools in the east Tennessee county. County officials decided the venture was financially impractical.
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