Tennessee News Minute
WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. (AP) - A mayor of Tennessee city who's up for re-election has been accused of possessing marijuana. The Tennessean reports White House Mayor Mike Arnold will appear in court next week on a charge of possessing the drug. An affidavit says Arnold was arrested in October 2017 after authorities responded to an emergency medical call at his home and found more than 9 grams of marijuana.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State House Speaker Beth Harwell is running a TV ad about supporting medical marijuana as she tries to separate herself from the Republican field for Tennessee governor before the Aug. 2 primary. In the ad, Harwell says she's the only Republican gubernatorial candidate who supports doctor-prescribed medical cannabis. Her position is a rare noteworthy policy difference in the field rounded out by ex-state economic development chief Randy Boyd, businessman Bill Lee and Congresswoman Diane Black.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Tennessee correctional officer is accused of pepper-spraying an inmate for joining a lawsuit that said the jail was not treating a scabies outbreak. The Tennessean reports 24-year-old Oluwatobi Oja was arrested Monday and charged with assault. Former inmate James Nelson filed a lawsuit Wednesday that says the jail operator, CoreCivic, allowed the attack. Nelson says Oja dragged him out of bed last year when he was imprisoned for aggravated assault and pepper-sprayed him in the face.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a woman and her unborn child. WBIR-TV reports that Brandon Donaldson was tried this week for a second time in the death of 19-year-old Marcia Crider, who was 13 weeks pregnant when she was shot in 2013. Knoxville police found Crider with a gunshot wound in a thrift store parking lot.
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