Tennessee News Minute
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee teacher who was on the run for weeks with a 15-year-old student has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Tad Cummins was sentenced on Wednesday in a Nashville courtroom. He broke down crying as he apologized for the harm he caused the victim and his own family. A statement from the victim called the 52-year-old Cummins "disgusting" and said the effects of his actions on her were "devastating and permanent."
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appears ready to strike down a Tennessee provision that requires people to live in the state for two years before obtaining a license to sell alcohol. Several justices said the restriction unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state economic interests. A ruling invalidating the residency requirement would be a victory for a family that bought a Memphis liquor store and moved to Tennessee from Utah in search of a healthier climate for their disabled adult daughter.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Records show a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper assigned to Gov. Bill Haslam's protective detail was on painkillers and repeatedly fell asleep on duty. The Tennessean reported Wednesday that the records related to an internal investigation were made available this week when it contacted state officials after Trooper Willie McCoy was demoted last month. McCoy's attorney says he was on medication prescribed for an on-duty car crash he was in during the times he was alleged to have fallen asleep.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The government shutdown is taking a toll on a wildfire fight that hasn't even started yet. Wildfire training courses are being canceled, piles of dead trees are left untended in federal forests and controlled burns to thin fire-prone forests aren't happening. The winter months are critical for fire managers who use the break to prepare for the next onslaught of flames and much of that work has ground to a halt on federal land because of job furloughs.
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