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Earthquake felt in eastern Tennessee, Kentucky

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) - A small earthquake hit East Tennessee on Monday. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck near Fincastle, Tennessee in Campbell County. A USGS map showed it was felt around East Tennessee and southern…

1 dead, 4 wounded in shooting at Memphis nightclub

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Police in Tennessee say a shooting at a Memphis nightclub has left one man dead and four others injured. News outlets report police responded to the shooting early Sunday at the Truth Night Bar. Police say…

US VP Pence honors Martin Luther King Jr. at church service

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a church service Sunday in Tennessee in remembrance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Pence attended the service at the Holy City Church of God in Memphis on Sunday,…

Free admission, voting information at Memphis museum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The National Civil Rights Museum will be providing free admission and information about voting and the upcoming U.S. Census during a celebration of The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday in Memphis, Tennessee. The museum…

Tennessee lawmakers to begin 2020 legislative session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers are poised to begin the 2020 legislative session, kicking off a busy next couple of months expected to be full of debates on criminal justice reform, abortion and other hot-button issues. GOP Gov. Bill…

Iran strikes back at US with missile attack at air base

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran has struck back at the United States for the killing of a top Iranian general. Iranian state TV says Tehran fired a series of surface-to-surface missiles at an Iraqi air base housing U.S. troops and…

Police: Man held without bond in Tennessee bar stabbing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee man was being held without bond Thursday in the stabbing deaths of two men outside a Nashville bar, according to Nashville police. Michael Mosley, 23, was charged with two counts of criminal homicide and…

Remote clinic seeks volunteers for March event

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) -- A mobile clinic is coming to Alabama but organizers say volunteers are desperately needed to help. The Remote Area Medical clinic is set for March 27-29 at Gadsden City High School, The Gadsden Times reported. It’s…

3 Tennessee men plead guilty in pizza delivery driver death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Three Tennessee men have been sentenced to prison for killing a pizza delivery driver during a botched robbery. The Shelby County district attorney's office said 19-year-old Marquez Thompson, 18-year-old Charles McClellan and 26-year-old Leanthony Primer pleaded…

Former Dallas officer gets 10 years for killing neighbor

DALLAS (AP) -- A white Dallas police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting her unarmed, black neighbor in his home. The jury sentenced Amber Guyger on Wednesday. Guyger was convicted of murder Tuesday in…

Bernie Sanders has heart procedure, cancels campaign events

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bernie Sanders' campaign says the Democratic presidential candidate has had a heart procedure for a blocked artery. The Vermont senator is canceling events and appearances "until further notice." The campaign says the 78-year-old Sanders experienced chest discomfort…

Tennessee raccoons to get vaccinated for rabies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Department of Health is working to prevent the spread of rabies by raccoons through the distribution of vaccine packets coated with fishmeal. According to the department, the packets will be distributed by helicopter and…

California to let college athletes make money, defying NCAA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements, defying the NCAA and setting up a likely legal challenge that could reshape U.S. amateur sports. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday he has…

Study: Tennessee housing prices rising, permits dip slightly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A housing market report says prices keep rising across Tennessee's metro areas, while construction permits are slightly down year over year. A Middle Tennessee State University news release says the quarterly report shows promising mixed signals.…

Witnesses clash in Tennessee abortion wait period trial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Expert witnesses disagree on whether Tennessee's 48-hour waiting period before abortion helps or hinders women's decision making. A Bowling Green State University psychology professor who testified in federal court Wednesday said women seeking abortions experience high…

Mental evaluation planned for convict in prison escape

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) -- A mental evaluation will help decide whether a convict accused of killing a Tennessee corrections administrator before escaping prison is competent to stand trial. Attorneys for Curtis Ray Watson said during a hearing Wednesday that a…

Pelosi: House is moving forward with official impeachment inquiry

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the House is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, saying "no one is above the law." Pelosi told fellow Democrats earlier Tuesday afternoon that she supports…

Land Between the Lakes offers visitor appreciation day

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) -- Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is celebrating National Public Lands Day this weekend. The park in western Kentucky and Tennessee will have a visitor appreciation day on Saturday and offer free admission to…

Tennessee trooper fatally ran over man lying in highway

GREENBRIER, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Highway Patrol and state officials say a trooper fatally ran over a man who was lying in a highway. News outlets report 49-year-old James Yates, of Springfield, was lying in the middle of Highway 41…

Tennessee city faces pushback over park bench blocks

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- A park bench addition designed to prevent people from sleeping in public spaces has received pushback from some Tennessee residents. News outlets report that officials in Kingsport, Tennessee, have added wooden blocks through the middle of…

Tennessee moves up open-air burn permit requirements

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State officials are telling Tennessee residents that all open-air outdoor fires will require a burn permit starting Monday. Burn permits are usually required statewide from Oct. 15 through May 15. Tennessee's Division of Forestry said Friday…

4 deputies on leave, 2 recovering after Memphis shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Shelby County sheriff says four deputies have been placed on administrative leave after the fatal shooting of a man wanted on an attempted murder warrant. Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner said Friday that the deputies…

Tennessee's abortion wait period law faces court arguments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Four years after Tennessee passed a law requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, abortion clinics are getting a chance to argue against it in court. Beginning Monday, attorneys for five of the state's…

Where have the wild birds gone? 3 billion fewer than 1970

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A comprehensive study shows there are nearly 3 billion fewer wild birds in North America than in 1970. The new study finds that the bird population in the United States and Canada was probably around 10.1 billion…

Tennessee man sues after surviving police shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee man who survived a shooting by police during a traffic stop alleges in a lawsuit that officers were told to turn off body cameras during the incident. Authorities say Martavious Banks ran from a…

Appeals court upholds diversion denial for former bus driver

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee appeals court has upheld a decision to deny diversion to a former school bus driver convicted of charges including negligent homicide in a 2016 crash that killed six children. News outlets report the ruling…

Tennessee unveils $7.9B block grant proposal for Medicaid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to receive its Medicaid funding in a lump sum under a proposal seeking to drastically overhaul the entitlement program that provides health care services to low-income and…

Tennessee unveils voucher rules, prepping for 2020 rollout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Top education officials say they are preparing to implement Tennessee's newly enacted voucher law a full year ahead of schedule while unveiling key requirements surrounding the closely-watched program. Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed…

Eddie Money, 'Two Tickets to Paradise' singer, dies at 70

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The family of rock star Eddie Money says he has died at 70. Money died Friday. The husky-voiced, blue collar performer was known for such hits as "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Take Me Home Tonight."…

Tennessee appeals court says opioid producers can be sued

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that a lawsuit against opioid makers can move forward, overturning a lower court that had dismissed the claims. At issue is whether Tennessee's Drug Dealer Liability Act applies to…

University of Tennessee offers scholarship to bullied fan

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Florida fourth-grader who was bullied over his homemade University of Tennessee shirt has been offered a four-year scholarship to the school. School officials said Thursday the boy's scholarship would cover tuition and fees beginning in…

Nonprofit protests baptisms on Tennessee high school's field

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) -- A nonprofit that advocates for the separation of church and state has filed a formal complaint about baptisms on the football field of a Tennessee high school. The Tennessean reports the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote…

Audit: TVA execs overspent on travel expenses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An audit has found instances where executives for the nation's largest public utility overspent on travel. The inspector general's report Wednesday audited about $1.8 million worth of Tennessee Valley Authority executive travel expenses from October 2016…

Spokesman: Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- T. Boone Pickens, who amassed a fortune as an oil tycoon and corporate raider and gave much of it away as a philanthropist, has died. He was 91. Spokesman Jay Rosser confirmed Pickens' death Wednesday to…

President Trump: 9/11 victims won't 'ever be forgotten'

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump has joined the military in observing a moment of silence at the Pentagon for the 18th anniversary of 9/11. The moment of silence is traditionally observed at 9:37 a.m. — the exact time…

Memphis officer suspended, charged with DUI after crash

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Memphis say an officer has been suspended after he was charged with DUI after crashing his car into a building while off duty. Memphis police said Sgt. Thomas Berryhill was arrested Saturday afternoon on…

Tennessee speaker floats cutting state funds to Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton is warning Nashville officials that he might attempt to withhold state funding due to the city's recent executive order discouraging local cooperation with immigration officials. Sexton, a Republican, first made the…

Trump fires national security adviser John Bolton

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has fired national security adviser John Bolton. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he told Bolton Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House. He says Bolton submitted his resignation on…

Fred's Inc. files for bankruptcy, closing retail stores

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Discount retail and pharmacy chain Fred's Inc. is filing for bankruptcy and closing its stores over the next two months. The Memphis, Tennessee-based company said in a statement Monday that it has filed for chapter 11…

Police: Man dies after being punched outside Tennessee bar

HERMITAGE, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Tennessee say a man who was punched outside a bar about two weeks ago has died from his injuries. News outlets report 52-year-old Jamie Mitchell has been in a coma since Aug. 23 after…

3 bodies found in Tennessee home in apparent murder-suicide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Tennessee say a man is suspected of fatally shooting his wife and grandson before killing himself. Metropolitan Nashville Police said on Twitter that the shooting occurred Saturday night in the Nashville neighborhood of Hermitage.…

Police: Officer in Nashville struck by car, shoots driver

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Tennessee say an officer was struck by a car before shooting the driver in Nashville's entertainment district. Police in downtown Nashville were flagged down at 12:30 a.m. Saturday and told that a motorist was…

Tennessee reports 6 cases of illnesses related to vaping

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Health officials in Tennessee are reporting six cases of suspected respiratory disease among people who used electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices. State epidemiologist Tim Jones said in a statement Friday that Tennessee health care providers…

Lee names new chancellor for 5 West Tennessee counties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Lee has appointed a new chancellor to serve in a West Tennessee judicial district. Lee's office says in a news release Wednesday that attorney Jennifer King of Carroll County will serve as chancellor of…

Murder suspect turns self in after mistaken jail release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say a murder suspect who was mistakenly released from jail has turned himself in. News outlets report 26-year-old Roberto Josue Viera-Aybar turned himself in to Nashville police after his attorney arranged a peaceful surrender. Davidson…

Tennessee woman dies after being attacked by 5 dogs

UPDATED: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- In a story Sept.4 about a woman who died after being mauled by a pack of dogs, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Adrieanna O'Shea died Saturday, 10 days after the attack. O'Shea died Friday,…