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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - The National Park Service says the Great Smoky Mountains National Park received more than 9,000,000 visitors in 2013 who spent more than $734 million in communities near the park. According to the park, that spending supported more than 10,000 jobs in the local area.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority officials say the facility handled more than 10.6 million passengers in the 2014 fiscal year marking a record for the airport.The total number of passengers who utilized the Nashville airport during the fiscal year ending June 30 was 10,627,239, a 6 percent increase over fiscal year 2013.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Transportation Security Administration agents found a loaded gun in a passenger's carry-on bag at Memphis International Airport over the weekend. So far this year, 11 firearms have been found by TSA agents at the Memphis airport's security checkpoints and 18 firearms were found there in 2013.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Time is defeating a flag that last flew 150 years ago during the Battle of Franklin and donors are trying to come to its rescue. Preservationists need $6,500 to restore and conserve a 2-foot-by-3-foot flag last flown by Confederate Gen. John Adams during the Battle of Franklin on Nov. 30, 1864.

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