Tennessee News Minute
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to at least 165 years in prison and up to 655 years for sexually assaulting two children in West Virginia. News outlets report 47-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Phipps was sentenced last month following his September conviction of sexual assault and abuse. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Tuesday that the Tennessee-native denied the charges during the four-day trial in which the brothers, age 6 and 10, testified about the abuse.
(AP) - Officials say two women from Huntsville, Ala., died when their tour bus driver lost control after crossing an icy overpass and the bus rolled over on the driver's side, coming to rest in the highway median. DeSoto County, Mississippi, Coroner Joshua Pounders says the dead are 70-year-old Betty Russell and 61-year-old Cynthia Hardin. Police say the crash was weather-related as a pre-winter storm dropped sleet and light snow on parts of the South. The bus was headed to a Mississippi casino.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) - Keith Urban has been named entertainer of the year at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards. His wife, actress Nicole Kidman, was in tears as her husband walked onstage to collect the prize Wednesday night. Urban beat out Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney for the prize. The Australian performer said he wished his dad was alive to see him win.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State officials say a fresh pet food company will invest $1.7 million in a new Tennessee production facility that's expected to create 181 new jobs. A Department of Economic and Community Development news release says NomNomNow, inc. A Department of Economic and Community Development news release says NomNomNow, inc. will build the facility in Nashville. The San Francisco Bay area company specializes in customized, fresh, restaurant-quality meals for dogs and cats.
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