Driver choking on pizza leads to I-70 backup for hours
Driver choking on pizza leads to I-70 backup for hours

State police say a semitrailer driver choking on a piece of pizza triggered a chain of events that left Interstate 70 clogged for more than three hours in eastern Indiana. Police says the driver pulled off the...

Tennessee officials see 'no issue' with latest electrocution
Tennessee officials see 'no issue' with latest electrocution

Tennessee's top correctional official says there was “no issue” during the state's latest electrocution after witnesses reported seeing smoke above the inmate's head during the execution. Correction...

Tennessee Valley Authority addresses coal ash leaks
Tennessee Valley Authority addresses coal ash leaks

CUMBERLAND CITY, Tenn. - The Tennessee Valley Authority has acknowledged leaks at one of its coal ash dump complexes. The CEO of the authority discussed the contamination at a tour of the Cumberland Fossil Plant in Stewart...

Tennessee music producer indicted on child sex charges
Tennessee music producer indicted on child sex charges

A Tennessee music producer has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting two children. News outlets report 50-year-old Samuel Sylvester was indicted Friday on multiple counts of various sex charges, including...

Tennessee deputy indicted on 44 counts including rape
Tennessee deputy indicted on 44 counts including rape

A Tennessee sheriff's deputy has been indicted on 44 counts including rape, sexual battery, oppression and extortion. Hamilton County Deputy Daniel Wilkey is accused in four lawsuits of misconduct during traffic stops,...

Tennessee police investigate fatal shooting of mom, child
Tennessee police investigate fatal shooting of mom, child

Police in Tennessee are investigating what happened to a mother and her 12-year-old son who were found shot to death in their home. A Franklin police spokesperson said officers arrived at a home just before 5:30 p.m. on...

$12,500 offered for tips that find escaped teen in Nashville
$12,500 offered for tips that find escaped teen in Nashville

Authorities are now offering a total of $12,500 for information leading to the capture of a teen who escaped a Tennessee juvenile detention center last month. News outlets report the company that operates Nashville's...

Remembrance ceremony planned at relocated Gander Memorial
Remembrance ceremony planned at relocated Gander Memorial

The 101st Airborne Division will host its first remembrance service at the recently relocated Gander Memorial. A statement from Fort Campbell says the ceremony for 248 soldiers and eight crew members killed 34 years ago in...

LaVette, Boyd, Spivey among inductees to Blues Hall of Fame
LaVette, Boyd, Spivey among inductees to Blues Hall of Fame

Singer Bettye LaVette, piano man Eddie Boyd and 1920s star Victoria Spivey are among the performers named to the Blues Hall of Fame this year. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, the hall honors singers, musicians, producers,...

Tennessee Valley Authority removing asbestos near plant
Tennessee Valley Authority removing asbestos near plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority has begun removing asbestos-contaminated material that was unearthed during construction near its Kingston Fossil Plant. TVA spokesman Scott Brooks says the material is in what could be an...

Employees fired after Tennessee juvenile detention escape
Employees fired after Tennessee juvenile detention escape

A Tennessee court official says the private contractor that runs a juvenile detention center is firing four employees who enabled four teenagers to escape. Nashville Juvenile Court Administrator Kathryn Sinback says the...

Woman charged for hitting woman helping crossing guard
Woman charged for hitting woman helping crossing guard

Police say a Tennessee woman who used her car to hit another woman helping direct traffic near a school has been arrested. WZTV-TV cited an affidavit in reporting that 41-year-old Matasha Hodges is charged with aggravated...

Authorities: Someone illegally shot Luke Bryan's red stag
Authorities: Someone illegally shot Luke Bryan's red stag

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - A Tennessee wildlife official says a nonnative red stag that was shot and killed last week belonged to country music singer Luke Bryan. Wildlife Resources Agency spokesman Barry Cross told The Tennessean...

Report: black lung funding cut will cost taxpayers billions
Report: black lung funding cut will cost taxpayers billions

A report from a national watchdog group says a cut to the tax that coal companies pay to fund a trust for sick miners will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. The Washington-based group Taxpayers for Common Sense released...

24 states asking for better online protections for children
24 states asking for better online protections for children

Two dozen state attorneys general are asking the Federal Trade Commission to implement better online protections for children. The bipartisan group submitted a letter to the FTC on Monday. It calls for stronger rules...

Tennessee man charged with murder in 18-year-old cold case
Tennessee man charged with murder in 18-year-old cold case

A Tennessee man has been arrested and charged in a murder case that went cold for 18 years. News outlets report 51-year-old Douglas Talley is accused of killing 72-year-old Etta Etheridge, who was found unresponsive in her...

Tennessee Board of Regents to discuss budgets, new programs
Tennessee Board of Regents to discuss budgets, new programs

Budget revisions and new student training programs are on the agenda for the next Tennessee Board of Regents meeting. The board that governs Tennessee’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology is...

Japanese regulators recommend $22 million fine on Nissan
Japanese regulators recommend $22 million fine on Nissan

Japanese securities regulators are recommending that automaker Nissan be fined 2.4 billion yen ($22 million) for the under-reporting of compensation of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. The Securities and Exchange...

Tennessee woman accused of sex trafficking an 18-year-old
Tennessee woman accused of sex trafficking an 18-year-old

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Tennessee woman has been indicted on multiple charges related to human trafficking after authorities accused her of coercing an 18-year-old into prostitution. Savannah Elizabeth Gribanow was indicted in...

Tennessee police charge 20-year-old in boy's fatal shooting
Tennessee police charge 20-year-old in boy's fatal shooting

Police in Tennessee have charged a 20-year-old man with negligent homicide in the fatal shooting of a child. News outlets report the Memphis fire department said the victim was a 4-year-old boy. Memphis police said on...

Tennessee town gets violation notice for chlorine discharge
Tennessee town gets violation notice for chlorine discharge

Johnson City is taking action after discovering that its water treatment plant was dumping chlorinated water into Brush Creek and the Watauga River, killing fish, crustaceans and salamanders. The city reported the...

Affidavit: Slain Tennessee counselor was sexually assaulted
Affidavit: Slain Tennessee counselor was sexually assaulted

MADISON, Tenn. - An arrest affidavit says a Tennessee counselor was sexually assaulted before being stabbed to death by a stranger. Citing Metro Nashville police records, The Tennessean reports the unclothed body of...

Suspect's mother speaks out after Alabama officer slain
Suspect's mother speaks out after Alabama officer slain

The mother of a man charged with killing an Alabama police officer says she doesn't believe her son is capable of committing murder. Alma Jean Applebet told AL.com on Sunday that she didn't think her son would kill...

Mother, son survive tough kidney transplant surgery
Mother, son survive tough kidney transplant surgery

By DANIEL CONNOLLY, Commercial Appeal

8 new Tennessee sites added to historic places register
8 new Tennessee sites added to historic places register

A bank, a farm, a police station and a fallout shelter are among eight Tennessee sites recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tennessee Historical Commission said in a news release Thursday that...

3rd of 4 teens who escaped Tennessee juvenile facility found
3rd of 4 teens who escaped Tennessee juvenile facility found

Police say a third teenager who escaped a juvenile detention center in Tennessee has been captured. Metro Nashville police said in a statement that 17-year-old Morris Marsh was arrested late Friday in an SUV driven by his...

Reporter freed from immigration custody settles lawsuits
Reporter freed from immigration custody settles lawsuits

A Spanish-language reporter who spent 15 months in immigration detention following his arrest during a protest has reached a legal settlement in a lawsuit against two governments in Memphis, Tennessee. The Commercial...

Family members charged with helping teen inmate elude police
Family members charged with helping teen inmate elude police

Metro Nashville Police say family members and a friend of a Tennessee juvenile who broke out of a detention center have been charged with helping the 15-year-old elude authorities. Calvin Howse was captured by detectives...

Man found with pounds of meth after Texas-to-Tennessee trip
Man found with pounds of meth after Texas-to-Tennessee trip

A parolee found with a large quantity of methamphetamine after a bus ride from Texas to Tennessee has been convicted of drug and weapons charges. Prosecutors in Memphis, Tennessee, say 42-year-old Corey Young was convicted...

Tennessee preservation grant applications being accepted
Tennessee preservation grant applications being accepted

Tennessee's State Historic Preservation Office is taking grant applications for preservation projects. The office doesn't know yet how much funding will be available but expects it to be around $250,000. The office...

1 charged in fatal stabbing at Tennessee counseling business
1 charged in fatal stabbing at Tennessee counseling business

A man has been arrested and charged in the fatal stabbing of a Tennessee woman. Metro Nashville police say 31-year-old Brian D. Conley is charged with the “brutal murder” of Melissa Hamilton, who was found dead early...

Board considers plan on moving Ole Miss Confederate monument
Board considers plan on moving Ole Miss Confederate monument

State archives and history officials are considering the University of Mississippi's proposal to move a Confederate soldier monument from a central spot on the Oxford campus to a Confederate cemetery. The cemetery is...

Girlfriend of teen suspect accused of aiding him post-escape
Girlfriend of teen suspect accused of aiding him post-escape

Police in Tennessee have arrested a 15-year-old girl who allegedly helped her boyfriend avoid authorities after he escaped from a juvenile detention center. News outlets report Metro Nashville police said Wednesday that...

Coal bankruptcy judge asks company to explain attorney costs
Coal bankruptcy judge asks company to explain attorney costs

CASPER, Wyo. - A judge is telling a bankrupt coal company to provide more information about over $73,000 in expenses accrued by its attorneys while miners awaited back pay. Attorneys for Blackjewel want U.S. District Judge...

Blind inmate executed in Tennessee for woman's 1991 killing
Blind inmate executed in Tennessee for woman's 1991 killing

Tennessee has put a 53-year-old blind inmate to death in the electric chair for his conviction in the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend. Thursday's execution was only the second of a blind inmate in the U.S....

Tennessee high court rules against paper in defamation case
Tennessee high court rules against paper in defamation case

The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a newspaper cannot use the state's fair report privilege law as a shield against a defamation lawsuit for a story based on a one-on-one interview. The unanimous ruling found...

Tennesseans invited for holiday tour of governor's mansion
Tennesseans invited for holiday tour of governor's mansion

Tennesseans are invited to visit the governor's mansion this holiday season for self-guided tours. This year's decorations are themed “Songs of the Season," with each tree decorated to represent a different classic...

Police: Patron angered by ketchup pulls gun at McDonald's
Police: Patron angered by ketchup pulls gun at McDonald's

Authorities in Tennessee say an irate woman pointed a gun at fast food workers because they gave her ketchup instead of jelly. News outlets report 20-year-old Asia Vester was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated...

Tennessee executes blind inmate convicted of the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend
Tennessee executes blind inmate convicted of the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend

Tennessee executes blind inmate convicted of the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend

Meteor lights up central Alabama sky
Meteor lights up central Alabama sky

The National Weather Service says a long-lasting meteor lit up the central Alabama sky this week. News outlets report the service tweeted out a video taken by its camera near Shelby County Airport in Calera that shows the...

Tennessee ordered to pay white nationalist group $46K
Tennessee ordered to pay white nationalist group $46K

A judge has ordered the state of Tennessee to pay more than $46,000 in legal fees to a white nationalist group it unsuccessfully tried to charge for event security costs.

2 of 4 teens who fled Tennessee detention center captured
2 of 4 teens who fled Tennessee detention center captured

Police say two of the four teens who escaped a juvenile detention center in Tennessee have been captured.

Court declines to intervene in upcoming Tennessee execution
Court declines to intervene in upcoming Tennessee execution

Two days before a Tennessee prisoner’s scheduled execution, the state’s Supreme Court has denied request for more time to consider the possible bias of a juror who helped hand down the original death sentence decades ago.

Likely no paper trail for voting in Memphis on Super Tuesday
Likely no paper trail for voting in Memphis on Super Tuesday

An attorney for Tennessee says the state’s largest county probably won’t have new voting machines that create a paper trail in place for the presidential primary election in March.

Former FedEx hub worker charged with stealing gold bars
Former FedEx hub worker charged with stealing gold bars

A former FedEx worker has been charged with stealing thin gold bars from a package at the shipping giant’s hub in Memphis, Tennessee.

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