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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Organizers have canceled a scheduled Republican debate for governor because two of the leading candidates said they would not participate. The Tennessean reports the debate had been scheduled for Tuesday at Belmont University between Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee. But organizers decided to cancel the debate after Boyd and Harwell withdrew amid negotiations about the event's details.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Police Department has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime to provide 24 hour security for Mayor Jim Strickland. The Commercial Appeal reports the city increased security for the mayor following a 2016 incident where protesters came to the mayor's house and appeared to look through his windows. Strickland said it was sad the city has to spend public money and limited police resources to protect him. But he said he deferred to police advice for the safety of his family.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee authorities have arrested a man for driving under the influence after he crashed his car into police headquarters. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Chattanooga Police Department posted a photo of the wreck on its official Twitter account. It shows a pickup truck after it crashed through a fence. The police department tweeted a message urging people not to drink and drive. It noted crashing a vehicle into police headquarters makes it easier for officers to make an arrest.

HORN LAKE, Miss. (AP) - Governments in the Mississippi suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee, will spend more than $3 million to study flooding. WHBQ-TV reports that half the money will come from the federal government, while half will come from DeSoto County and local cities. Horn Lake Creek drains much of northern DeSoto County, including its namesake city of Horn Lake and parts of Southaven and Olive Branch. The area has experienced flash floods during heavy rains. Local leaders have been seeking the money for seven years.

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