TWRA issues lifelong hunting bans in agency’s harshest penalty ever

NASHVILLE — In the harshest penalty ever handed down by the TWRA, two hunters have been banned from ever hunting again in 43 states. Officials accuse La Vergne natives Densibel Calzada and Eddy Albert, both under the age of 25, with poaching — illegally killing as many as 40 deer, then posting what investigators describe as grotesque photos online with the dead animals. Along…

Titans release veteran safety Michael Griffin after 9 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans have released safety Michael Griffin after nine seasons in their first step toward improving their secondary. The Titans announced the move Tuesday. A first-round draft pick in 2007 at No. 19 overall out of Texas, Griffin was a two-time Pro Bowl pick in 2008 and 2010 whose 141 games played tied Corey Graham…

Weather forces postponed games

Several high school basketball games scheduled for Tuesday night have been postponed because of snow. McKenzie’s road trip to Big Sandy is being pushed back to Thursday. West Carroll at Huntingdon has been moved to Friday at 6 p.m., and TCA will play Riverside on Monday.  

Search of Weakley Co. home leads to $14K in meth, 5 arrests

WEAKLEY COUNTY, Tenn. — The search of a Weakley County residence on Monday led to the arrests of five people, the recovery of a stolen ATV and about $14,000 worth of crystal meth. Deputies executed a search warrant at a home in the 1200 block of Webb Road just north of Palmersville and recovered an ATV reported stolen from Obion…

Hundreds meet to discuss school’s Gay-Straight alliance

WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) – Hundreds of supporters and critics of Franklin County High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance attended the county school board’s meeting to discuss the organization. Media outlets report the crowd packed the school’s auditorium Monday night. Four people formally spoke concerning the organization, which was granted approval to form by school officials in December. The establishment of the group,…

Hattiesburg’s Turtle Creek Crossing sells for $48.1 million

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Sterling Properties of New Orleans has closed on a $48.1 million purchase of Hattiesburg’s Turtle Creek Crossing. Sterling called the acquisition the largest in the history of the 40-year-old commercial real estate company. The 39.9-acre retail center situated on the “going home” side of heavily traveled U.S. Highway 98 covers 295,000 square feet and is across…

Kentucky Co. Day School coach arrested on child porn charges

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The head varsity softball coach at Kentucky County Day School has been arrested after police say he distributed child pornography. Media outlets report that Louisville Metro Police arrested 38-year-old Matthew graves on Monday. An arrest citation says Graves exchanged pictures of young children engaged in sexual activities using the smartphone messaging app “Kik” multiple times in…

KSU President: School could close under Bevin budget cuts

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse says Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget cuts would create a dire financial situation that could require the school to close. Media outlets report Burse sent a letter Monday to faculty, staff, students and alumni informing them of the crisis. Burse says Bevin’s proposed budget gives KSU two options: to declare…

Man dies in Yazoo County apartment fire

YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) – The Yazoo County official says a 36-year-old man died in an apartment fire just outside the Yazoo City limits. Coroner Ricky Shivers says firefighters from two departments were called to the Shady Lane Apartment at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday. Shivers says firefighters entered a burning apartment and found Landell Watson on the flood. He says CPR…

TVA finishes project to curb Gallatin plant smog emissions

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has completed the installation of scrubbers at its coal-fired power plant in Gallatin to cut certain smog emissions by up to 98 percent. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the last of four new coal scrubbers added to the Gallatin Fossil Plant went into operation this week after nearly three years…