Tennessee News Minute
Tennessee News Minute

The latest Tennessee news from The Associated Press.

BMI honors Dwight Yoakam, top country songwriters
BMI honors Dwight Yoakam, top country songwriters

Country music singer, songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam was honored by performing rights organization BMI for his trailblazing and highly unique style of California country rock.

Allegiant announces new non-stop flight to Nashville
Allegiant announces new non-stop flight to Nashville

Allegiant Airlines says it will soon begin offering non-stop flights to Nashville from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

Memphis, Jackson set records as snow falls in West Tennessee
Memphis, Jackson set records as snow falls in West Tennessee

Weather officials say three cities in Arkansas and Tennessee have established or tied record low temperatures as a wintry weather system moved through the mid-South region.

Activist files to run against Tennessee's US Rep. Jim Cooper
Activist files to run against Tennessee's US Rep. Jim Cooper

Tennessee activist Justin Jones has filed to run against Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in the upcoming 2020 primary election.

Tennessee police: Child stolen in running car found safe
Tennessee police: Child stolen in running car found safe

Police in Tennessee say a suspect accused of stealing a running car with a child inside dropped the child off at a fire station unharmed.

1 killed, 7 hurt in Sunday morning shootings across Memphis
1 killed, 7 hurt in Sunday morning shootings across Memphis

At least one person was killed and seven others wounded in Sunday morning shootings across Memphis, Tennessee.

Tennessee police find man dead on interstate overpass
Tennessee police find man dead on interstate overpass

Police in Tennessee say a person has died, possibly while painting graffiti on an interstate overpass.

Deer jumps through Tennessee medical center window
Deer jumps through Tennessee medical center window

Hospital officials say a deer crashed through a window of a Tennessee medical center, alarming patients in the waiting room.

Scandal-hit Nissan's profits crash amid lower global sales
Scandal-hit Nissan's profits crash amid lower global sales

Japanese automaker Nissan says its July-September profit tumbled to half of what it earned the previous year as sales and brand power crumbled following the arrest of its former Chairman Carlos Ghosn.

2 flights return to Miami airport with mechanical issues
2 flights return to Miami airport with mechanical issues

Two American Eagle flights operated by American Airlines encountered similar mechanical issues after takeoff, forcing both planes to return to Miami International Airport.

Tenn. doctor plans to plead guilty to opioid distribution
Tenn. doctor plans to plead guilty to opioid distribution

A Tennessee doctor who had five patients fatally overdose in a 10-month span intends to plead guilty to distributing a controlled substance.

Tennessee DACA recipients head to DC for immigration hearing
Tennessee DACA recipients head to DC for immigration hearing

For Alexa Maqueo-Toledo, who traveled with her mom to a small town in Tennessee from Mexico when she just a toddler, sitting back while the Supreme Court is poised to determine her future wasn't an option.

Tennessee police: Man shot black bear on 2nd floor of motel
Tennessee police: Man shot black bear on 2nd floor of motel

Police in Tennessee have charged a man they say shot a black bear on the second floor of a motel.

Popeyes worker accused of attacking patron who wanted refund
Popeyes worker accused of attacking patron who wanted refund

A Tennessee Popeyes restaurant worker filmed throwing a patron into the ground has been charged with felony aggravated assault.

Campaign helps military members get home for the holidays
Campaign helps military members get home for the holidays

The Tennessee distillery that produces Jack Daniel's whiskey is once again teaming up with a military support group to help service members and their families get home for the holidays.

Screenings offered after lead found in some Memphis schools
Screenings offered after lead found in some Memphis schools

Free screenings are available for students at Memphis public schools where elevated lead levels have been detected.

1 killed, 4 wounded in shooting at Tennessee strip club
1 killed, 4 wounded in shooting at Tennessee strip club

Police in Tennessee say a woman was killed and four other people were injured in a shooting at a strip club in Memphis.

Mitsubishi Electric exploring buyout of its Memphis plant
Mitsubishi Electric exploring buyout of its Memphis plant

Mitsubishi Electric say it is talking with a potential buyer for its Memphis plant.

Police: Tennessee woman lost fetus after man assaulted her
Police: Tennessee woman lost fetus after man assaulted her

Police in Tennessee say a woman has lost her fetus after a man assaulted her.

TennCare members' information subjected to email breach
TennCare members' information subjected to email breach

Officials say the private information of nearly 44,000 TennCare members may have been stolen during a breach of the email system of a vendor for the state's Medicaid agency.

Tennessee man convicted in park shooting that killed teen
Tennessee man convicted in park shooting that killed teen

A Tennessee man has been convicted of killing a 16-year-old Mississippi girl and wounding four other people in a shooting at a park three years ago.

Man pleads not guilty to federal charges in deputy's death
Man pleads not guilty to federal charges in deputy's death

A man charged with killing a Tennessee sheriff's deputy and burning his body and patrol car has pleaded not guilty to federal charges.

Michigan man charged in 2004 rape of Tennessee woman
Michigan man charged in 2004 rape of Tennessee woman

Prosecutors say a Michigan man has been charged in the rape of a Tennessee woman 15 years ago.

Lee remains hopeful on school voucher timeline
Lee remains hopeful on school voucher timeline

Gov. Bill Lee says his newly enacted school voucher law won't go into effect next year if the state isn't ready, adding that he'll know by early 2020 when to begin implementing the program.

Tennessee deputy suspended without pay after assault charge
Tennessee deputy suspended without pay after assault charge

A Tennessee sheriff's deputy accused of slapping a handcuffed inmate has been suspended without pay.

Nashville announces cold weather plan for homeless community
Nashville announces cold weather plan for homeless community

Nashville's mayor has released an emergency cold weather plan for sheltering the city's homeless community, weeks after reversing a decision to close the winter overflow facilities.

Teen's school project gets $40K from 'Shark Tank' investors
Teen's school project gets $40K from 'Shark Tank' investors

Investors on ABC's "Shark Tank" are funding a product pitched by a 13-year-old Tennessee boy who initially developed the idea for a fourth-grade project.

Justice Department announces $95M for Tennessee safety
Justice Department announces $95M for Tennessee safety

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced approximately $95 million in awards to support public safety efforts in Tennessee.

Officials to eradicate feral hogs at Land Between the Lakes
Officials to eradicate feral hogs at Land Between the Lakes

Federal and state officials plan to work together to eradicate feral hogs at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Tennessee gov announces $25M in vocational education grants
Tennessee gov announces $25M in vocational education grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced the 28 projects that will benefit from a $25 million pot of money set aside for career and technical education.

4th Tennessee death row inmate selects electric chair
4th Tennessee death row inmate selects electric chair

A Tennessee death row inmate has selected electrocution for his upcoming execution, a move that would make him the fourth person in the state to choose that method over lethal injection since last year.

Prosecutor: Tennessee officer justified in deadly shooting
Prosecutor: Tennessee officer justified in deadly shooting

A prosecutor says a Tennessee officer was justified in fatally shooting a man involved in a hit-and-run.

Tennessee congressman seeks answers on welfare surplus
Tennessee congressman seeks answers on welfare surplus

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee is demanding answers from Republican Gov. Bill Lee surrounding a large surplus of a federal welfare program for families with children.

Ga. deputy hurt, suspect shot during chase into Tennessee
Ga. deputy hurt, suspect shot during chase into Tennessee

A sheriff's office in Georgia says a deputy was injured in a car chase that ended when another deputy shot and wounded the suspect.

Tennessee Medicaid officials want more postpartum coverage
Tennessee Medicaid officials want more postpartum coverage

Officials with Tennessee's Medicaid program want to expand postpartum health insurance for low-income women.

Tennessee jury indicts deputy accused of slapping inmate
Tennessee jury indicts deputy accused of slapping inmate

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a sheriff's deputy accused of slapping a handcuffed inmate has been indicted on assault and official misconduct charges.

University of Tennessee opens free tuition applications
University of Tennessee opens free tuition applications

Applications are now open for a new scholarship at the University of Tennessee that guarantees certain students free tuition.

Blocked Tennessee voter signup penalties set for 2021 trial
Blocked Tennessee voter signup penalties set for 2021 trial

Tennessee's new restrictions for registering voters aren't scheduled to face trial until February 2021, likely keeping the penalties blocked through the 2020 elections.

New Mexico spruce begins journey to be 2019 Christmas tree
New Mexico spruce begins journey to be 2019 Christmas tree

A 60-foot (18-meter) blue spruce was cut down Wednesday during a ceremony in a forested canyon in northern New Mexico, starting a 2½ -week journey that will take it to the U.S. Capitol to be this year's Christmas tree.

Sheriff: Man carrying ax, drugs found in judge's chambers
Sheriff: Man carrying ax, drugs found in judge's chambers

Authorities in Tennessee say a man wielding an ax walked into a courthouse and made his way to a judge's chambers before being seen and arrested.

Alabama tourism honored for civil rights promotion
Alabama tourism honored for civil rights promotion

Alabama's state tourism agency is being honored for its work promoting civil rights travel in 14 U.S. states.

2 contractors killed, trooper injured in crash in Tennessee
2 contractors killed, trooper injured in crash in Tennessee

A crash has killed two Tennessee Department of Transportation contractors and injured a state trooper.

Tennessee authorities search for inmate who escaped in van
Tennessee authorities search for inmate who escaped in van

Authorities in Tennessee say they're searching for an inmate who escaped custody in his county-assigned work van and hit an employee on his way out.

Ex-political campaign treasurer accused of stealing $133K
Ex-political campaign treasurer accused of stealing $133K

A former political campaign treasurer and Tennessee Republican Party committeewoman is accused of stealing more than $133,000 from her father's campaign and pocketing insurance money from policyholders who used her...

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