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2020 second busiest year for Smoky Mountains despite pandemic

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Despite closing for more than a month because of COVID-19, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park experienced its second busiest year on record last year. According to a news release, the park on the Tennessee-North Carolina…

'Vaccine, vaccine': Dolly sings 'Jolene' rewrite before shot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton rewrote the lyrics to “Jolene" as “Vaccine, vaccine,” as she got her COVID-19 shot. The Grammy-winning singer, actor and humanitarian posted a video on Tuesday of her singing just before getting her vaccine. Parton…

Nashville music club owners recall night the music died

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It has been nearly a year since dual tragedies descended on Nashville, Tennessee: a deadly tornado that killed people in their sleep and the coronavirus pandemic. Damage left behind from a tornado…

13 killed after semi hits SUV carrying 25 people

El CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a semitruck has crashed into an SUV carrying 25 people on a Southern California highway, killing 13 people. The head of the California Highway Patrol says 12 people died at the scene Tuesday…

Publication ceased on six Dr. Seuss books for 'racist images'

BOSTON (AP) — The business that preserves and protects Dr. Seuss’ legacy has announced it will stop publishing six titles because of racist and insensitive imagery. Dr. Seuss Enterprises tells The Associated Press in a statement on Tuesday, the author…

Tennessee Senate OKs anti-trans athlete bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s GOP-dominant Senate has advanced legislation that would ban transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports. On Monday, 27 Republicans voted in favor of the measure while all six Democratic members voted against. The bill has…

Lady Gaga's dog walker speaks out after Hollywood shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lady Gaga’s dog walker, who was shot last week during a robbery in Hollywood when two of the singer’s French bulldogs were stolen, described the violence and his recovery “from a very close call with death”…

WHO: 'Premature,' 'unrealistic' COVID-19 will end soon

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's emergencies chief says it's “premature” and “unrealistic” to think that the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year. But Dr. Michael Ryan said Monday that the recent arrival of effective…

Countries urge drug companies to share vaccine know-how

PARIS (AP) — The new head of the World Trade Organization is joining calls for pharmaceutical companies to share their coronavirus vaccine know-how and technology more broadly in the developing world. The comments today are part of a growing demand…

Some lawmakers continue to spread COVID-19 misinformation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers have criticized governors’ emergency actions since the coronavirus outbreak began. Now that legislatures are back in session, a new type of pushback is taking root: misinformation. In their own comments or by inviting skeptics…

Security cam footage shows man return lost wallet

(CNN NEWSOURCE) --- Debra Crosby entered panic mode when she reached the cash register at Walmart and realized her wallet was missing. To her surprise, a man later dropped off her wallet…

First US J&J vaccine doses shipping Sunday night

WASHINGTON — Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states for injections starting on Tuesday. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced that the entire stockpile…

Ex-U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach kills self after being charged

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar has killed himself, hours after being charged with turning his Michigan gym into a hub of human trafficking by coercing girls to…

Archeologists find intact ceremonial chariot near Pompeii

MILAN (AP) — Officials at the Pompeii archaeological site in Italy have announced the discovery of an intact ceremonial chariot, one of several important discoveries made outside the park following an investigation into an illegal dig. The chariot was found…

J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts have anxiously awaited…

University of Tennessee to name dorms for Black trailblazers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is naming residence halls after two Black trailblazers. A university news release says the buildings will honor Theotis Robinson and Rita Sanders Geier. Robinson is a Knoxville native and was…

Tennessee trooper charged with choking, punching man

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper has been charged with choking and punching a man during an arrest. Trooper Sammy Allen has been indicted by a Robertson County grand jury on assault charges stemming from…

Meet the new Potato Head family

(CBS NEWSPATH) -- The Mr. Potato Head brand name is getting a redesign, according to the toymaker Hasbro on Thursday (2/25). Check out the new "Potato Head" family.

Lady Gaga's dogs recovered safely after theft, shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs, which were stolen by thieves who shot and wounded their walker, have been recovered unharmed. Los Angeles police Capt. Jonathan Tippet says a woman brought the dogs to an LAPD station…

Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is hailing the House passage of the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill he championed. He says that with decisive, fast and bold action, “we can finally get ahead of this virus.” The bill passed…

Puppy born with six legs

(CBS NEWSPATH) -- Skipper is a rare brown-and-white puppy. She was born with six legs. Get to know Skipper.

Tennessee: Vaccines stolen, given to children in 1 county

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s top health officials have revealed the state has requested federal law enforcement to investigate alleged theft of coronavirus vaccine doses in the state’s most populous county. In a Friday news conference, health official also said…

Tennessee to lift restrictions on nursing home visits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Department of Health has announced that it will soon lift its state-specific visitation restrictions for long-term care facilities. According to a Wednesday news release, nursing homes and other facilities should use the federal guidance provided…

Tennessee: 2,400 doses went to waste in Shelby County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's top health officials say that more than 2,400 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Tennessee’s most populous county have gone to waste over the past month. According to state findings announced Tuesday, local officials sat…

Tiger Woods suffers leg injuries after California car crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities and Tiger Woods' manager say the golf star has suffered leg injuries in a vehicle rollover in suburban Los Angeles and is undergoing surgery. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says Woods was alone in…

Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 vaccine makers tell Congress to expect a big jump in the delivery of doses over the coming month. The companies insisted Tuesday at a hearing that they will be able to provide enough vaccine for most…

Gov. Lee could require in-person learning under new GOP bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Senate has advanced legislation that would allow the governor to issue an executive order requiring schools to offer in-person learning. The GOP-dominant chamber easily passed the measure Monday on a 27-5 vote, with only Democratic…

Governor could require in-person learning under new GOP bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Senate has advanced legislation that would allow the governor to issue an executive order requiring schools to offer in-person learning. The GOP-dominant chamber easily passed the measure Monday on a 27-5 vote, with only Democratic…

Beyond 100M: Biden team aiming for bigger vaccine numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) — One month into Joe Biden's presidency, the government is on a glide path to reach his initial goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office. Now comes the far more ambitious…

Request to allow abortion waiting period in Tennessee denied

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal court has denied a request to keep Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period for abortions in effect while it hears an appeal of a lower court’s ruling that found the law unconstitutional. A federal judge ruled…

Boy Scouts celebrate the first group of female Eagle Scouts

(AP-US) -- The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating a major milestone this weekend with a virtual event honoring the nearly 1,000 girls and young women who are the first females to attain the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Astronauts,…

Caregivers of frail Tennessee kids get vaccine priority

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials last month moved the families of medically vulnerable children up the vaccine priority list. Tennessee bumped them above critical infrastructure workers, grocery store employees and inmates. This includes children who have a variety of…

Space station launch honors 'Hidden Figures' mathematician

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station supply ship has blasted off from Virginia on the 59th anniversary of John Glenn's historic flight. Northrop Grumman launched the Cygnus capsule from Wallops Island on Saturday. The 4-ton shipment should reach…

Mailman makes a snow angel

(CBS Newspath) --A doorbell camera captured this mailman enjoying a quick break to make a snow angel on Thursday (2/18) in Louisville, KY. Check out his skills!

US deports former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been deported from the United States to his native Germany where he was being held by police for questioning. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said…

Memphis airport to reopen terminal amid water pressure woes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Incoming and outgoing passenger flights at Memphis International Airport will resume afternoon after being canceled due to terminal closures caused by system-wide water pressure issues, the facility said. According to a press release on Saturday, temporary…

4 family members die in apparent murder-suicide in Tennessee

SOMERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee are investigating the deaths of four family members in what appears to be a murder-suicide. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says evidence indicates one person killed three family members then took their own…

'Kimye' is no more: Kardashian files to divorce West

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Kardashian West has filed for divorce from Kanye West after 6 1/2 years of marriage. Court records show Kardashian filed for divorce Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The impending end of “Kimye” brings a…

Tennessee library worker accused of burning Trump book fired

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee public library employee who helped organize protests against police brutality has been fired after he was accused of burning library books by conservative authors. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the Chattanooga Public…

US taking climate change fight off back burner

(AP) -- The United States has returned to the Paris climate accord. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says climate change and science diplomacy “can never again be ‘add-ons’ in our foreign policy discussions.” World leaders are applauding Friday's formal return…