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Former TN Priest Found Guilty Of Rape

A former Roman Catholic priest has been found guilty of raping an altar boy more than three decades ago. A jury in Blountville returned its verdict Thursday after about seven hours of deliberation, convicting William Casey of two counts of…

Michigan Man Drowns In Kentucky Lake

A Michigan man has drowned in Kentucky Lake after winds from an approaching storm blew his rental houseboat away from him. Lester E. Randall of Attica, Mich., had anchored the boat in Sledd Creek and went swimming Tuesday night. Authorities…

Governor Rejects Raises For Some State Workers

Gov. Bill Haslam is refusing to grant pay raises to hundreds of state workers who have been disciplined during the past year. The increases of 1.6 percent for an estimated 42,000 executive branch workers went into effect July 1. Most…

Owensboro Records Record Bust

Police in western Kentucky say three people were charged after authorities seized 3 lbs. of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of up to $130,000 in Owensboro, the largest amount of meth found in the city's history. Owensboro police charged…

Oxford Cracking Down On Ugly Yards

Oxford officials are looking for a way to weed out some of the town's seediest properties. The city is updating an ordinance that will require property owners to maintain their property in such a way that, even if it doesn't…

Abandoned MInes Shuttered in KY

Thirty-seven abandoned coal mines have been closed at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area straddling the Tennessee-Kentucky border. Using federal stimulus funds, the mines were barred with steel gates, wire netting and closed using other methods. According…

TN Elk Hunt On Ebay

The final permit for Tennessee's third managed elk hunt will go to the successful bidder in an eBay auction starting Thursday through July 23. Proceeds from the auction benefit the state's elk restoration program. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency donated…

Memphis Lays Off More Teachers

A second round of teacher layoffs has put 47 Memphis City Schools educators out of work. Most of those laid off Tuesday are English, history, social studies or vocational teachers, according to The Commercial Appeal. The cuts bring to more…

TN Nuke Plant Cleared For Restart

The Nuclear Fuel Services plant in East Tennessee has been cleared to restart its last idled processing line. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission notified the company in a letter on Tuesday, according to the Johnson City Press. Roger Hannah, a spokesman…

Nashville Pharmacist Charged With Illegal Sales

A Nashville pharmacist has pleaded guilty to illegally distributing prescription painkillers and not reporting the income. Glenn Brooks, who formerly owned Brooks Pharmacy, entered the pleas Monday and will be sentenced Oct. 28, according to The Tennessean. The 74-year-old Brooks…

Drowning Victim Located

Crews have recovered the body of a man who witnesses said drown while swimming near the small Alabama town of Waterloo, authorities said. Authorities say the body of David Lee "Tony" Ticer, who was living in Waterloo, was recovered Tuesday.…

New TN Laws Now Online

All the legislation approved this year during the General Assembly is now available online. According to a news release from the Tennessee secretary of state, it's the first year that all resolutions are available on the website: www.tn.gov/sos/acts/index.htm . The…

Lawmaker Accused Of Carving Desk

A state representative from Lenoir City says she carved her initials into her desk in the House chamber but said she doesn't understand why that's news. WSMV-TV in Nashville first reported the initials J.C.H. had been carved into the desk…

Music Piracy Subject Of Meeting

Officials in the music industry are meeting this week in Nashville to discuss ways to combat online music piracy. Some 70 people are attending sessions organized by DDEX, Digital Data Exchange, to develop ways for copyright tracking and enforcement and…

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