Tennessee News Minute
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The father-son duo whose video of a gibberish-filled conversation went viral is now featured in a Denny's commercial. The diner chain posted the nearly two-minute ad on Twitter on Sunday for Father's Day. A video of comedian DJ Pryor conducting a conversation with his toddler son and pretending to understand his gibberish went viral earlier this month. The video surpassed a million views in two days.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Cracker Barrel says it won't host an event by a Tennessee church whose pastor was a detective who preached that the government should execute gay people. Cracker Barrel said Tuesday on Twitter it's not affiliated with All Scripture Baptist Church or its pastor, ex-Knox County sheriff's detective Grayson Fritts, Cracker Barrel said it disagrees with their statements of hate and divisiveness and the June 29 event won't be allowed at the restaurant.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The board of trustees of Memphis' LeMoyne-Owen College voted out the current president following complaints about her leadership by students and faculty. News outlets report that on Tuesday, the board announced Andrea Miller's term would come to a close when her contract ends Sept. 1, after four years at the school. The Commercial Appeal reports that earlier this year students penned a letter to the board, calling for Miller to resign.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee construction company executive was paid at least $436,000 in kickbacks in a scheme involving multimillion-dollar contracts at two military bases in Georgia. David Kennedy is charged with wire fraud and taking illegal kickbacks roughly four years ago. Kennedy pleaded not guilty on June 6.
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