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Nashville protesters set fires, topple controversial statue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville’s honky tonks and other businesses have began boarding up their smashed store fronts, while cleanup crews assessed damage and began removing debris following a protest that turned violent in response the death of George Floyd.…

Tennessee advances bills to loosen gun restrictions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The GOP-led Tennessee House has advanced several proposals that would allow public college students with permits to carry concealed guns on campus and eliminate the requirement that residents obtain any permits to carry handguns, including for…

Tennessee to stop sharing COVID-19 patient names with police

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon stop providing the names and addresses of COVID-19 patients to first responders, after initially arguing doing so would protect those on the front line. Gov. Bill Lee’s administration made the decision this week,…

Actor Gary Sinise to speak at Freed-Hardeman benefit dinner

HENDERSON, Tenn. (AP) — Freed-Hardeman University has announced that actor and activist Gary Sinise will speak at the Tennessee school’s annual benefit dinner later this year. The event is set for Dec. 4 and helps to raise funds for scholarships…

Tennessee extends free child care, expands eligibility

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee officials are extending free pandemic child care for essential workers until mid-August, while letting more categories of workers qualify for the program. The Tennessee Department of Human Services says the expansion covers essential workers in…

Nashville couple attacked by homeless man with machete

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a Nashville couple were in critical care after a man attacked them with a machete because he was angry about shutdowns that were taking place during the coronavirus pandemic. The Metro Nashville Police Department…

ACLU sues over Tennessee absentee ballot requirement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is suing on behalf of several people it says would be at risk by having to vote in person in Tennessee this year during the coronavirus pandemic. The organization wants the…

Tennessee judges: It's OK to film clothed women in public

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- Three appeals court judges in Tennessee have ruled that it isn't illegal to film women fully clothed in public without their permission. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Sunday that the Court of Appeals judges wrote separate…

Louisville Zoo offers Zoom calls with animals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- For video conference calls that are starting to get humdrum, the Louisville Zoo has some guests to keep things lively. People using Zoom to communicate with fellow workers or family during the coronavirus pandemic can make…

Retired seniors become volunteer DJs for new radio show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Retirees in multiple states have become volunteer DJs for a new online radio hour known as Radio Recliner. The 60-minute show began airing last month, starting with retirees in Middle Tennessee, recording from their recliners quarantined…

Visitors flock to Smoky Mountains park for reopening day

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- The reopening of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was a little too tempting of a draw as scores of nature lovers from dozens of states crowded trails and trekked into blocked-off areas. A park spokeswoman…

Tennessee providing virus patient info to first responders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The names and addresses of Tennesseans who've tested positive for COVID-19 are being provided to first responders, law enforcement and paramedics under a state agreement deemed necessary to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. According…

Groups sue to expand absentee voting in Tennessee amid virus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Several groups are suing the state of Tennessee to allow any voter to cast an absentee ballot this year due to worries that people might contract or unwittingly spread the coronavirus in person at the polls.…

Tennessee tourism locations take financial hit amid pandemic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee tourist spots like Casey Jones Village in Jackson have taken a financial hit since nonessential businesses closed in March as part of the response to the new coronavirus outbreak. But there's hope for the future.…

Trump to order meat processing plants to remain open

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will sign an executive order meant to stave off a shortage of chicken, pork and other meat on American supermarket shelves because of the coronavirus. The order will use the Defense Production Act to…

Tennessee family reunited with dog lost during March tornadoes

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee family has been reunited with their dog nearly two months after she went missing when tornadoes ripped through their home in early March. WTVF-TV reports Bella, the Australian shepherd who was missing for 54…

Appeals court: Tennessee must continue allowing abortions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal appeals court says Tennessee must continue allowing abortions amid a temporary ban on nonessential medical procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak. The ruling follows a U.S. District judge’s order last week that abortions could proceed…

Tennessee truck fire ruins N95 masks, medical gowns

CARTHAGE, Tenn. (AP) — First responders say medical masks and protective surgical gowns were destroyed when a tractor-trailer caught fire on a highway in Tennessee. News outlets report first responders confirmed N95 respirator masks and special hospital gowns were in…

Marshals: Man wanted for murder caught by K-9

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities said a Tennessee man wanted for killing another man and wounding a juvenile was arrested after being confronted by a K-9 officer. U.S. Marshals said Curdarreion Wilson was captured Thursday. Memphis police were called to…

Judge: Tennessee can’t prevent abortions during coronavirus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge Friday night ruled that Tennessee has to continue allowing abortions amid a temporary ban on nonessential medical procedures that’s aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. In a Friday night ruling, U.S. District…

Tennessee releases some virus data surrounding nursing homes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee’s top health officials have released some data relating to the occurrence of coronavirus cases at the state’s nursing homes. However, the state on Friday held off from releasing any information on whether patients had died…

Memphis man charged with violating coronavirus order

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been charged with violating the governor's stay-at home coronavirus order after a confrontation with officers at a birthday party. Memphis police say Jeremial Lee also was charged Saturday with disorderly conduct, marijuana…

Coronavirus pandemic disrupts Appalachian Trail dreams

COSBY, Tenn. (AP) - Hikers on the Appalachian Trail face difficult decisions as the coronavirus pandemic worsens: postpone a dream or ignore warnings and keep hiking. Alexandra Eagle and Jonathan Hall planned for a year before setting out March 9…

Tennessee’s newly unemployed hit benefits site in droves

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's job losses are soaring in the coronavirus pandemic. New unemployment claims in Tennessee climbed to about 94,500 last week, up from 39,100 the previous week and 2,700 three weeks ago. With the huge influx, applicants…

Herd of 4 bison euthanized after escape from preserve

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in Tennessee said four bison that escaped from a private hunting preserve were euthanized after attempts to recapture the animals failed. The small herd broke loose from an enclosed area and had been roaming through…

Gov. Lee expects ‘significant’ unemployment pay boost

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he expects a “significant increase” to unemployment payout amounts for people out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic because of congressional legislation. Lee told reporters Friday he doesn't know the…

Tennessee reports first virus death, elderly man in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has recorded its first death from complications linked to the new coronavirus. Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced the death late Friday of a 73-year-old man with underlying health conditions, calling it a tragic loss of…

Dollar General dedicates first hour of business to elderly customers

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Dollar General is dedicating the first hour of its daily store operations to senior citizens in response to the new coronavirus. The Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based discount retailer says starting Tuesday, it is strongly encouraging younger customers to…

State of emergency declared by Gov. Lee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has declared a state of emergency to help the state address the spread of the new coronavirus. The emergency declaration frees up additional funds and relaxes rules surrounding assistance for state agencies…

Mother is suspect in fatal stabbing of 3-year-old

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a Tennessee woman is suspected of killing her young son and then trying to kill herself. Lenoir City Police Chief Don White told news outlets the 3-year-old boy was stabbed to death Wednesday…

Tennessee bill to keep autopsy reports hidden

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Autopsy and toxicology reports would remain largely hidden from public scrutiny under legislation that advanced Tuesday in Tennessee's GOP-dominated Statehouse. According to the measure, public disclosure of any report compiled by a Tennessee county medical examiner…

UPDATE: Tennessee Department of Health reverses coronavirus policy

UPDATE: According to the Associated Press, in a surprise reversal Tuesday, Tennessee's top health agency announced that it will provide locations for where coronavirus cases had been confirmed, after initially refusing to do so. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is…

2 more positive tests for coronavirus announced in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials have announced two more presumptive positive tests for the new coronavirus in Tennessee. The cases in Nashville and Memphis bring the state's total to three. Officials announced Sunday that both positive samples have been sent…

Authorities await autopsy in Tennessee missing girl case

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities are awaiting autopsy results after remains of a missing 15-month-old girl were believed to be found in Tennessee. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Sullivan County Sheriff's Office say they believe they found Evelyn Mae…

Trump to survey Tennessee tornado damage

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump will again assume the role of national consoler when he tours Tennessee neighborhoods where lives and homes were destroyed by powerful tornadoes this week. Trump was flying to the state on Friday to visit…

Mother of missing child denied bond reduction

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- A missing child's mother who is accused of lying to authorities has been denied a bond reduction. News outlets report 18-year-old Megan Boswell was in court Monday. A judge ordered her bond to remain at $25,000.…

Daughter of film director arrested in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Tennessee say a daughter of film director Steven Spielberg has been arrested in a domestic incident involving her boyfriend. Twenty-three-year-old Mikaela Spielberg was charged with domestic assault causing bodily injury early Saturday. According to…

Podiatrist pleads guilty to illegal hydrocodone distribution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee podiatrist has pleaded guilty to illegally distributing controlled substances. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, Timothy Abbott appeared in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. In court, Abbott admitted…

Lawmakers advance bill to prevent 'lunch shaming' students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Schools would be banned from “lunch shaming” students unable to afford school meals, under a bill that has been narrowly advanced by a Tennessee House panel. The proposal would ban schools from requiring students with lunch…

Mom says missing girl in Virginia; police search, can't find

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The mother of a 15-month-old Tennessee girl whose disappearance prompted an Amber Alert says the toddler’s grandmother took the little girl to Mendota, Virginia. Megan Boswell told WJHL-TV on Monday that her mother took Evelyn Mae…

Tennessee officially nicknamed "The Volunteer State"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is now officially nicknamed the Volunteer State under a bill signed by Gov. Bill Lee. The governor signed the legislation in a video posted on Twitter on Friday. Tennessee first became known as “The Volunteer…

Sutton becomes fifth inmate executed by electric chair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee inmate has become the fifth person executed in the state's electric chair in a span of 16 months. Nicholas Sutton was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. Thursday at a maximum security prison in Nashville.…

Amber Alert issued for girl, 1, not seen since Dec. 26

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Investigators in Tennessee worked all night Wednesday and into Thursday morning searching for a 15-month-old girl who hasn't been seen since the day after Christmas. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Evelyn Boswell was reported missing…

Tennessee death row inmates face difficult choice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Attorneys for Tennessee's death row inmates say their clients face a unique and unenviable choice: choosing between two questionable and painful methods of execution. The national Death Penalty Information Center notes that Tennessee is one of…

Memphis inmate death under investigation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in Tennessee say the death of an inmate at a jail in downtown Memphis is under investigation. News outlets report 32-year-old Tommy Young was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday night. The Shelby County Sheriff's…