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Tennessee Highway Patrol major resigns following arrest

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State officials say the head of the Special Investigations Bureau with the Tennessee Highway Patrol has resigned following his arrest on charges that include aggravated assault and public intoxication. Department of Safety and Homeland Security officials…

Federal appeals court reverses death case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal appeals court has reversed a death penalty case that was prosecuted by Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich because the FBI paid a key witness $750 but the witness lied about it under oath.…

Vanderbilt: More than 3,000 medical records wrongly accessed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt University Medical Center officials say the hospital has had a security breach where two employees accessed medical records of more than 3,000 patients. The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2mu5pin ) reports the hospital has sent out letters to…

Thousands of trees to be planted in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An environmental group says volunteers will be planting tens of thousands of trees in Tennessee this weekend. The Tennessee Environmental Council says more than 20,000 volunteer tree-planters from the state's 95 counties are picking up their…

Jury: Prison company violated rights, but no need to pay

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal jury says private prison company CoreCivic had a longstanding custom of understaffing an Idaho prison, and that the company was deliberately indifferent to the risk of serious harm that posed to inmates. But jurors…

Football player death: deadline passes to seek death penalty

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Prosecutors in the death of a high school football player who shielded two girls from gunfire have let a deadline pass to seek the death penalty. The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2l8oyFA ) reports that Knox County…

Growing push for more tax breaks in Haslam road funding plan

ALGOOD, Tenn. (AP) -- As Republican Gov. Bill Haslam takes his proposal to boost transportation funding on the road, there is a growing call for his plan to include greater tax breaks for middle-class Tennessee drivers who pay more at…

Tennessee Highway Patrol looking for more state troopers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol has announced that it will soon be accepting applications for its second lateral trooper class. THP officials say preferred applicants have graduated from a law enforcement training facility certified by the state…

JPD officer honored for 21 years of service

JACKSON, Tenn.-Congratulations to Jackson police officer Barry Austin, who retired Thursday from the Jackson Police Department after 21 years of service. Numerous family members and friends gathered at a luncheon to wish him…

Investigations raise questions about misuse of money

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two investigations released by the state comptroller's office are raising questions about what happened to hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money that was supposed to be used to feed poor children. One probe questioned…

Memphis cemetery disciplined for sunken graves, other issues

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - State officials have fined a Memphis cemetery $2,800 for violations including sunken graves and failing to maintain the grounds. Tennessee's Department of Commerce and Insurance issued the fine against Memorial Park South Woods in January. According…

Dollar General to build NY distribution center, employ 430

FLORIDA, N.Y. (AP) - Discount retailer Dollar General says it has chosen a site near the New York State Thruway in the Mohawk Valley for a distribution center that will employ more than 400 people. The Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based company announced…

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