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AP: Flying J, George Jones, Vanderbilt Rape Case Among Top Stories in 2013

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. --Here are the top Tennessee stories of 2013, as selected in voting by subscribers and staff of The Associated Press:


- Federal agents raid the Knoxville headquarters of Pilot Flying J, the huge truck stop chain owned by the family of Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, over allegations that Pilot systematically cheated trucking companies.


- Gov. Haslam declines federal funds for Medicaid expansion in Tennessee while he tries to negotiate a special deal for the state during the rollout of the federal health care overhaul.


- Four Vanderbilt football players are charged with raping an unconscious student in a campus dormitory.


- Country superstar George Jones dies in a Nashville hospital at 81 after years of illness.


- The state children's services commissioner resigns amid scrutiny of her agency's handling of death cases, the subject of a public records fight between the state and several media outlets.


- (tie) Following federal court rulings, Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools merge to create a Unified School District with 150,000 students, before six municipalities vote to break away from the district and start their own public school systems.


- (tie) A Newport judge orders a baby's name changed from Messiah to Martin, saying "Messiah" is a title reserved only for Jesus Christ; a higher court declares her ruling unconstitutional, and a judicial panel charges the judge with violating its code of conduct.


- Lawmakers pass a bill to allow people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles, regardless of their employers' wishes.


- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a licensed physician, is reprimanded and fined by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for having sex with patients before he was elected to Congress.


- Eight people are killed in fiery east Tennessee interstate crash between a church bus, an SUV, and a tractor-trailer.

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