Construction beginning in Nashville on interpretive center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Construction is starting this week on the first blockhouse to be part of Nashville Metro Parks’ new Fort Nashborough Interpretive Center. The center will be located on the Cumberland River’s west bank in downtown Nashville. The first phase is to be completed late next spring. Metro Parks Director Tommy Lunch says the facility will offer somewhere…

Memorial to confront South’s troubled history of lynchings

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama city known for being the first capital of the Confederacy is set to become the site of a privately funded memorial to black lynching victims in the United States. The nonprofit group Equal Justice Initiative says it plans to build a monument and an accompanying museum in Montgomery. It hopes to open both in…

Islam might be removed from 7th grade social studies classes

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) – School officials have dropped most of the Tennessee middle school social studies standards involving Islam as part of newly proposed standards. The Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/2dl9y8K ) reports that an entire section on Islam currently taught to seventh-graders has been removed from the state Board of Education’s draft , which went online for public review Sept. 15….

Nashville police: Toddler shot 12-year-old relative in leg

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville Metro police say a 2-year-old child accidentally shot his 12-year-old relative in the leg. News outlets report that the unidentified toddler removed a revolver from a side compartment in his aunt’s vehicle and inadvertently shot Tyson Lucas on Sunday morning in the Donelson neighborhood while the 12-year-old was holding an infant. Authorities say the aunt…

Alabama women cross state lines to give birth with midwives

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – When Brianna Barker spots the big blue “Tennessee welcomes you” sign about an hour into her car trip, she breathes a little easier. Barker crosses the state line from Alabama to Tennessee every time she goes for a prenatal appointment. It’s the same welcome sign she’ll see in about a month, when she makes the now-familiar…

BlueCross BlueShield changes to affect 100K Tennesseans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act marketplace in the Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville regions. In a news release, the company says the change will affect an estimated 100,000 Tennesseans. The decision comes a month after Tennessee officials approved an average rate increase of 62 percent for the insurer. The company says…

Expelled state lawmaker escorted from UT football game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former state Rep. Jeremy Durham, who earlier this month became the first lawmaker expelled from the Tennessee General Assembly in 36 years, was escorted from a University of Tennessee football game on Saturday after getting into an altercation with a Florida fan. The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2cG9nCq ) that Durham was sitting next to Republican state Sen….

Tennessee State University holds memorial for famed coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee State University is hosting a public memorial service for famed track and field coach Ed Temple, who led the school’s Tigerbelles to 13 Olympic gold medals. Classes and meetings at the historically black university will be canceled Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to allow students, faculty and staff to honor the coach who…

Mugshots : Madison County : 09/23/16 – 09/26/16

1/36Mariah McCulloughShoplifting 2/36Jayonna PeakeShoplifting 3/36Katherine BeckerDriving on revoked/suspended license 4/36Trinity MannAggravated child abuse or neglect, DUI, contraband in penal institution, driving on revoked/suspended license 5/36Ajacion McKnucklesTheft under $500 6/36Angie ThomasDUI, violation of implied consent law 7/36Anita PerryCriminal trespass 8/36Austin SneedDriving on revoked/suspended license 9/36Billy WilliamsDriving on revoked/suspended license 10/36Bob AkinsMaterial witness 11/36Brianan FreemanShoplifting 12/36Brittany HuntDUI, child abuse or neglect, open…