Cooler For the First Week of May

  Weather Update – 4:00 p.m. Monday After a soaking wet start to Monday morning, widespread showers and thunderstorms have since moved out of West Tennessee with a few light showers showing up on the VIPIR 7 Radar over southern portions of the Mid-South. Expect relatively drier weather tonight and tomorrow but a slight chance for rain returns to West Tennessee…

Guns on campus bill becomes law without Haslam signature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee’s public colleges and universities to be armed on campus has become law without Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature. Haslam said in a statement Monday that he disagreed with the bill for not allowing campus leaders to make their own decision about allowing guns. But the governor acknowledged that…

Police find 50-plus ecstasy pills in Jackson motel room

JACKSON, Tenn. — A man is facing drug and evading arrest charges after police say they found ecstasy and marijuana in his Jackson motel room. Police say they knew Bradley Savage’s driver’s license was revoked when they saw him drive into the parking lot of the Best Western on the Highway 45 Bypass around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Savage reportedly went into…

RIFA gets boost from Wal-Mart during time of ‘funding challenges’

JACKSON, Tenn. — Volunteers at the Regional Inter-Faith Association sorted food Monday for hungry kids in Madison County. RIFA Executive Director Lisa Tillman said the Snack Backpack program feeds nearly 1,000 kids a week during the school year. “These are food items that have been carefully selected as nutritious, kid friendly, easy prep,” she said. Wal-Mart donated $25,000 on Monday…

Ex-school leader says appeal revoked certificates decision

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (AP) – Former Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Powell says he will appeal the Education Professional Standards Board’s decision to revoke his superintendent and principal certificates. Powell said in a statement Friday to the Lexington Herald-Leader that he didn’t violate any laws. The certificates were revoked amid accusations of unlawful and unethical practices involving Powell’s handling of some…

Officers fatally shoot man while executing search warrant

ALAMO, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says agents are gathering information after law enforcement officers fatally shot a man. A TBI statement says the shooting occurred at 3:30 a.m. Sunday while Crockett County deputies and a Maury City police officer were executing a search warrant the West Tennessee residence. The statement says 28-year-old Ronald Branch, who did…

Judge temporarily blocks removal of Confederate monument

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A judge has temporarily barred the city of Louisville from removing a 70-foot-tall Confederate monument from the University of Louisville campus. Jefferson Circuit Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman signed a restraining order Monday morning forbidding the city from moving the 121-year-old obelisk honoring Kentuckians who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Mayor Greg Fischer and…

Tennessee disregarded red flags with TNReady testing firm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Documents show that Tennessee officials had concerns about a testing company’s ability to fulfill a $107.7 million contract to administer the new online TNReady standardized test even before this year’s failed rollout. The state announced last week it had terminated its contract with North-Carolina based Measurement Inc. following repeated failures. Quoting documents used to vet the…