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Prosecutors drop arson charges against two juveniles in connection with the Tennessee wildfires that killed 14 people and tore through thousands of homes and businesses in 2016. 6. HOLLY BOBO: A jury convicts one of three men charged in the kidnapping ...


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December 23, 2017 10:34 AM UPDATED December 23, 2017 10:35 AM Here is a look at the top 10 Tennessee stories of 2017, according to an Associated Press survey of reporters, editors and broadcasters. 1CORKER RETIRES: Republican U.SSenBob Corker engages in a war of words with President Donald Trump before and after deciding against seeking a third termAfter GovBill Haslam declines to join the GOP race, U.SRepDiane Black and former RepStephen Fincher doFormer GovPhil Bredesen says he will make a Democratic bid. 2GAS TAX: Lawmakers pass GovBill Haslam's road funding program called the Improve Act that includes a 6-cent gas tax increase, the state's first hike since 1989The measure also cut taxes on investment income, manufacturers and groceries. 3CHURCH SHOOTING: A man opens fire at a Nashville church, killing one woman and wounding six others. 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SUBSCRIBE NOW 4UT FOOTBALL COACH: Turmoil envelopes the University of Tennessee's athletics program after Butch Jones is fired as football coach. 5TENNESSEE WILDFIRES: Prosecutors drop arson charges against two juveniles in connection with the Tennessee wildfires that killed 14 people and tore through thousands of homes and businesses in 2016. 6HOLLY BOBO: A jury convicts one of three men charged in the kidnapping, rape and murder of Holly Bobo more than six years after she vanished. 7MISSING STUDENT: A 15-year-old Tennessee girl is rescued near a cabin in a remote part of northern California more than a month after her 50-year-old teacher kidnapped her and set off a nationwide manhunt. 8PILOT TRIAL: The federal fraud trial gets underway for former executives and sales representatives at the truck stop chain controlled by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and GovBill Haslam. 9GOVERNOR'S RACE: Five Republicans and two Democrats join the 2108 governor's race. 10ABORTION LAWS: Tennessee's attorney general agrees that the state will drop two abortion limits similar to Texas laws struck down by the U.SSupreme CourtOne of the requirements mandated that abortion providers have hospital admitting privilegesThe other forced abortion clinics to meet hospital-level surgical standardsState lawmakers also pass a bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks. 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