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ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) - A federal lawsuit claims a Tennessee sheriff's department used excessive force on an 18-year-old in custody in 2016. WTVF-TV reports that the lawsuit names three Cheatham County sheriff's deputies who it claims used stun guns on Jordan Norris while he was physically restrained in a restraint chair.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee prison inmate has pleaded guilty to smuggling marijuana, tobacco and cell phones into the facility by using food delivery trucks. The Shelby County district attorney's office said in a news release that 37-year-old Kendrick Watson pleaded guilty Tuesday to money laundering and introduction of contraband in a penal institution. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison by a judge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee tourism officials are launching a new website that aims to recruit retirees to settle down in the state. A Tennessee Department of Tourist Development news release Thursday says Retire Tennessee's new website offers information on health care, experiences, shopping, retirement developments and communities, testimonials and sample housing stock. Currently, 22 Tennessee counties participate in the program.

BARTLETT, Tenn. (AP) - Millions of eyes will be fixed on the sky when a total solar eclipse crosses the U.S. in August. It's likely many of those eyes will be will be safely behind special eclipse glasses churned out by a Tennessee company. American Paper Optics is one of the many businesses including hotels, campgrounds and retail stores taking advantage of the crowds drawn by the coast-to-coast eclipse.

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