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Private jet once owned by Elvis Presley is up for auction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back on the auction block. The online auction site IronPlanet announced this week that…

Tennessee House speaker contender won't seek re-election

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A longtime Tennessee lawmaker who had expressed interest in running for House speaker says he won't seek re-election. Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Former bus driver convicted in fatal crash charged with rape

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Tennessee school bus driver convicted in a crash that killed six children now faces aggravated statutory rape charges. Johnthony Walker, 25, was arrested Thursday in Nashville, where he was free on bond while appealing…

5 executives sentenced in 'Made in USA' boots scheme

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Several former executives of a one-time leading manufacturer of boots for the U.S. military have been sentenced in a "Made in USA" scheme. The Kingsport Times-News reports the former Wellco Enterprises Inc. executives sold boots falsely…

Local EMA offers explanation for Pickwick Lake viral video

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. -- A video posted to Facebook Monday afternoon showing a disturbance in the water at Pickwick Lake in northwest Alabama has over 5,000 shares and has been viewed over a quarter of a million times. [caption id="attachment_267744"…

TBI releases annual domestic violence study

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released a new study detailing the volume and nature of domestic violence in the state. The annual report compiles crime data submitted to the TBI by the state's law enforcement agencies through…

Wildlife officers say to leave baby deer alone

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — Leave the fawns alone. It's a message Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Chuck Casey tries to get across each spring. "It's human compassion to want to pick up and…

12 Tennessee counties eye further education for residents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A dozen rural Tennessee counties faced with a low number of college-educated workers are digging into how their residents can further their education. The Tennessean reported Sunday that the counties are organized into five regional councils…

After vandalism, cleaned Andrew Jackson tomb unveiled

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A ceremony has been held in Tennessee to unveil the restored tomb of President Andrew Jackson, six weeks after profanities were painted on it. Officials posted on The Hermitage's Facebook page the cleaned tomb was presented…

Woman accused of driving children in kennels to be arraigned

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A West Tennessee woman accused of driving her two young grandchildren around in pet kennels is scheduled to appear in court. Leimome Cheeks will be arraigned Monday on child endangerment charges. A Memphis police affidavit says…

Suspect accused of impersonating deputy after killing him

DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee man charged with killing a sheriff's deputy is also accused of trying to impersonate him and burning his body and vehicle. A judge read off 12 counts against Steven Joshua Wiggins during his arraignment…

East TN pastor accused of sexually touching 12-year-old

PALMER, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say a pastor in East Tennessee has been arrested after he was caught by deputies inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl. WTVC-TV quotes Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum as saying William E. "Tim" Smith Jr. is…

UT students trying to make Tennessee River more accessible

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A group of students and professors from the University of Tennessee are working to make the Tennessee River more accessible. WBIR-TV reports it took two years for students in a landscape architecture class to create a…

Memphis students awarded with bikes for perfect attendance

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Dozens of children with perfect attendance in a West Tennessee school district are getting a gift to enjoy on summer break: A bicycle. The Shelby County district attorney's office in Memphis says more than 150 students…

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