Mr. Food recipe for honky tonk burgers

What You’ll Need: 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 4 slices white Cheddar cheese 4 sesame hamburger rolls, cut in half and toasted 4 lettuce leaves 4 slices crispy cooked bacon 8 onion rings, baked according to package directions What To Do: In…

11 states sue over Obama’s school transgender directive

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools. The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Louisiana, Utah, Arizona and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms…

Wisconsin man seeks freedom in Gangster Disciples case

ATLANTA (AP) – Lawyers for a Wisconsin man targeted in a nationwide probe of Gangster Disciples street gang members say he should be freed while awaiting trial and allowed to return home, where he contributes to the arts and music scenes there. A pair of indictments unsealed this month in federal courts in Atlanta and Memphis, Tennessee, name 48 defendants…

Appeals court rules service dog can comfort witness in trial

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A state court has rejected the claim of a convicted rapist who filed an appeal arguing a trial court was wrong for allowing a service dog to be present while his victim testified. The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1TCjNir) that the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals made their ruling this week. According to court record, in 2014…

Mother of shooting victim fatally shot ahead of trial

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The mother of a 1-year-old shooting victim has been fatally shot, four months before she was to testify against the man accused of paralyzing her daughter. News organizations report that 26-year-old Bianca Horton was found dead on the side of a road Wednesday morning. Horton had been a witness in the case against Cortez Sims, who…

Haslam used private email server for official state business

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam and top aides have used the Republican’s personal email server to communicate about official business. A records request by WTVF-TV in Nashville found (http://bit.ly/27U9yzt ) that the email accounts are linked to the governor’s personal website, BillHaslam.com. WTVF found that the governor was briefed by budget officials on his personal account and that…

Tennessee gets top rankings from all 3 bond rating agencies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has received the top ranking from all three major credit rating agencies. The state had held top ratings from Moody’s Investor Services and Fitch since 2010, but has now added a AAA rating from Standard and Poor’s after a mid-year upgrade. Standard and Poor’s cited the state’s improving economy, growing reserves and sound management of…

East Tennessee man sentenced in ex-lawmaker’s death

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) – An East Tennessee man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the drunken-driving death of a former state representative. The Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/1Z3NyMv ) reports James D. Hamm Jr. of Kingsport was sentenced Thursday in Sullivan County. He was convicted in February of vehicular homicide by intoxication, driving under the influence, leaving the scene…

Candidates vying for Dist. 8 congressional seat hold forum in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn.-More than a dozen candidates vying for the 8th Congressional seat being vacated by Republican Stephen Fincher… took the stage in Brownsville, Thursday night. 13 candidates gathered at the Ann Marks Performing Arts Theatre for a candidates forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Dozens of voters listened as each of the men explained why he believes he would…

Filing in Tennessee Title IX suit suggests drawn-out process

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Lawyers for both sides of the Title IX lawsuit filed against the University of Tennessee over its handling of sexual assault complaints believe it may not be ready to go to trial for another two years. The two sides estimated the case should be ready for trial by May 15, 2018, in a joint proposed initial…