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Former Sen. Douglas Henry, longest-serving lawmaker, dies

Former Sen. Douglas Henry, a larger-than-life former state lawmaker with the longest tenure in the history of the Tennessee General Assembly, has died. He was 90.

His daughter, Kathryn Henry-Choisser, said she and her brothers Douglas and Bob were by his side as Henry died peacefully about 11:50 p.m. Sunday in his West Meade home. Visiting family members have filled the house throughout the past few days, she said.

"He set a very fine example of how to interact with the world in a compassionate, and empathetic, and curious way," Henry-Choisser said. "There are no perfect words. We can try to come close, but I don't know if I can match his...