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Tennessee high school teacher charged with statutory rape

ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) — A substitute teacher who also served as a drum instructor at a Tennessee high school has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. News outlets report 35-year-old Justin Curtis Grindstaff was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure. Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson says Grindstaff admitted…

Middle Tenn. jailer charged with assaulting inmate

WAVERLY, Tenn. (AP) – A corrections officer accused of assaulting an inmate has been arrested in Middle Tennessee. Teresa Howell News outlets report 54-year-old Teresa Maria Howell was arrested Wednesday on an assault charge in connection with a June 16 assault on a female inmate at the Humphreys County Jail. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 23rd District Attorney General…

Armstrong Flooring to close Mississippi plant, laying off 93

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Armstrong Flooring will close its Mississippi plant in October, laying off 93 workers. The company, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, says closing the Vicksburg plant and one in Jackson, Tennessee, will save it more than $8 million a year. Armstrong cites declining sales and says improved productivity among factories means customers can be served from fewer plants….

Former coach, wife found dead in Middle Tenn. lake

SILVER POINT, Tenn. (AP) — A couple found dead in a Middle Tennessee lake has been identified by investigators as a former coach and his wife. Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Jimmy Neal says the bodies of 84-year-old Lendon Welch and 83-year-old Charlotte Welch were found Monday at Floating Mill Campground. Local news outlets report the Knoxville couple was found floating…

East Tenn. woman gets 10-year sentence in 5-year-old’s death

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison for reckless homicide and aggravated assault in a 5-year-old boy’s death in 2015. Media outlets report that a judge sentenced 30-year-old Holly Rutledge on Tuesday in the death of Lucas Dillon, who investigators say died of head injuries. A jury previously convicted Rutledge, a Whitwell…

Superstar musician, actor Glen Campbell dies at 81

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer who had such hits as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and spanned country, pop, television and movies, has died. He was 81. Campbell’s publicist Sandy Brokaw says the singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville. No cause was immediately given. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and…

Tennessee deputy given national award for saving child

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff’s deputy has been given a national award after he was credited with saving the life of a child who was choking at school. The Tennessean reports Williamson County Deputy Kevin Teague performed the Heimlich maneuver on a child who was choking in the cafeteria at Bethesda Elementary and unable to speak. Teague is…

Austin Peay’s new board dismisses gender discrimination claim

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Peay State University’s new board of trustees has dismissed a complaint of gender discrimination in hiring. WPLN-FM reports a search committee picked Jessica Morris earlier this year for an associate communications department professor job, but Provost Rex Gandy didn’t approve because she lacked a doctorate. Morris filed a gender discrimination complaint against Gandy and APSU’s…

Feds arrest 83 immigrants in Memphis, Nashville & New Orleans

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 83 people in two Tennessee cities and New Orleans. The Commercial Appeal reports that ICE spokesman Tom Byrd said 64 of the 83 people arrested in Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans as part of last week’s national “Operation Border Guardian/Border Resolve” were “noncriminal,” saying they had violated civil immigration…