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The state fair is underway in South Nashville.
And while it always promises great rides and good food, the future of the fair is still uncertain.
For 106 years the Tennessee State Fair has been a late summer tradition.
"We rode the ferris wheel, we went down the big slide," says fairgoer Tiffany Allgood.
It's easy to find the attractions, from the midway rides to the crowd-pleasing racing pigs.
"I got to see the horses racing, the pigs racing, and I like the food," says eight year old Patrick Crabtree.
Sunday's weather brought out a good crowd.
"Folks are just commenting that you have so much more this year, and you're really amping it up. And there's just a general sense of positivity this year," says Katie Radel with the State Fair Association.
Despite the enthusiasm, questions about the fair's future remain.
A new state commission is now overseeing the fair, and the State Fair Association's contract will expire after this year.
The fairgrounds loses money each year, and the city of Nashville continues to explore other options for redeveloping the property.
"We are going to have a Tennessee State Fair next year. We are uncertain of where it will be held, but we are going to have a state fair next year, and we're excited about that," says Radel.
Many of the people here would like to see the state fair continue.
Sonya Walker remembers coming as a child.
"I think it's very important because I want my kids to have the memories that I have in Tennessee," says Walker.
While attendance has dropped in recent years, there are many who still love the fair.
"I think it lets us get closer to the things that our going on in our community. So I think it's pretty important," says Michelle Flynn.
The state fair continues through next Sunday.
Tickets are eight dollars for adults and five dollars for children ages three and up.
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Tuesday, September 11 2012, 04:50 AM CDT
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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