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Mom jailed on false report in child death seeks release

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee teen mother jailed for giving false information in the disappearance of her infant daughter has been asking a judge to release her from prison. The remains of her 15-month-old daughter, Evelyn, were found nearly…

Mail delays likely as new postal boss pushes cost-cutting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mail deliveries could be delayed by a day or more under cost-cutting efforts being imposed by the new postmaster general. The plan eliminates overtime for hundreds of thousands of postal workers and says employees must adopt a…

Tennessee resists White House COVID-19 recommendations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — White House COVID-19 task force leader Deborah Birx says Tennessee stands at the cusp at being able to significantly decrease new coronavirus cases and must take stronger steps to prevent the virus's spread. Birx recently identified…

Man dies trying to save dog in Tennessee lake

HAMPTON, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have identified a North Carolina man who died trying to save a dog that jumped into a Tennessee lake. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says 52-year-old Eric Jordan jumped into Watauga Lake near Hampton on…

Olivia de Havilland, Oscar-winning actress, dies at 104

PARIS (AP) — Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland, best known as the kindly Melanie in “Gone With the Wind,” has died. She was 104. Publicist Lisa Goldberg said the actress died peacefully of natural causes on Sunday at her home…

Federal judge blocks sweeping anti-abortion law in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that Tennessee will not be allowed to enforce one of the strictest abortion bans in the country as a legal battle over the measure’s constitutionality moves through court. U.S. District Judge…

Judge won't block 3 Tennessee vote-by-mail laws for primary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge will not block three Tennessee laws dealing with absentee voting for the Aug. 6 primary election amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the groups that sought the action should have requested it earlier. U.S.…

UK coronavirus vaccine prompts immune response in early test

LONDON (AP) — Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot. British researchers first began testing the vaccine…

Details released in crash of plane carrying Earnhardt Jr.

UNDATED (AP) - New details released by the National Transportation and Safety Board show Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a pilot struggled to open an airplane’s wing emergency exit as the aircraft began to burn and fill with smoke before the…

Nearly $23 million aimed at 3 rural Tennessee projects

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. David Kustoff has announced nearly $23 million in federal loans and grants for community facilities projects in three rural West Tennessee counties. The Republican congressman’s office said Wednesday that the funding for the projects…

NASCAR hosts largest sporting event crowd since pandemic

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Fans roared from the grandstands during Wednesday night’s NASCAR's All-Star race in Bristol, Tennessee. It was the largest event with spectators in the United States since the coronavirus pandemic shut sports down in March. Attendance figures…

Tennessee lakes, river see 3 accidents during weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wildlife officials say two people drowned and a third person was seriously hurt in accidents on Tennessee waterways this past weekend. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says all three incidents took place Saturday in Middle Tennessee.…

4-year-old accidentally shoots, kills younger sibling in East TN

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a 4-year-old Tennessee child has accidentally shot and killed a younger sibling. News outlets report police said officers were called to the Bristol Regional Medical Center Saturday night when a child arrived with a…

Google selects Southaven for first US operations center

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Google’s first U.S. operations center is coming to northwest Mississippi. The company announced Thursday it will lease a new 60,000-square-foot facility in Southaven, Mississippi, near Memphis, Tennessee. Employees will provide customer and operations support to customers…

IRS reminds taxpayers of July 15 deadline

(AP) -- Tax procrastinators, your time is running out. As the coronavirus pandemic took hold this spring, the federal government postponed the traditional April 15 filing deadline until July 15. The move provided some economic and logistic relief for taxpayers…

Country rocker and fiddler Charlie Daniels dies at age 83

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country music firebrand and fiddler Charlie Daniels, who had a hit with "Devil Went Down to Georgia," has died at age 83. A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday…

Dog warns owner about house fire in Middle TN

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities said a dog became a hero on the Fourth of July by alerting her owner to a house fire next door. Franklin Fire Department officials said the…

Kentucky woman finds rattlesnake under wheelchair seat

MURRAY, Ky (AP) - A woman travelling in a motorized wheelchair near a Kentucky Walmart discovered a rattlesnake under her seat on Sunday. Murray police say the woman looked down to see the snake underneath her and was still in…

Tennessee offering high school equivalency exams online

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has started offering high school equivalency exams online, another option while many in-person testing locations remain closed due to COVID-19. The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development says the online testing option began Monday…

State advances 6-week abortion ban, lawsuit filed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amid nationwide unrest and a global pandemic that wrecked the state budget, Tennessee lawmakers wrapped up a legislative session by advancing an anti-abortion proposal that includes some of the strictest restrictions in the country. The Friday…

Tennessee unemployment rate falls in May after record April

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee’s jobless rate in May fell compared with a record increase the month before, as more than 300,000 people continued to receive unemployment payouts during the new coronavirus outbreak. The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce…

Tennessee receives $11 million for Interstate 40 project

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Department of Transportation is receiving $11.2 million for installation of closed-circuit cameras and other devices along Interstate 40. U.S. Rep. David Kustoff’s office in a statement Monday that the federal transportation grant will fund a…

Tennessee Senate OKs bill to limit coronavirus liability

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Senate has advanced legislation that would provide nursing homes, grocery stores and other businesses sweeping protections from coronavirus lawsuits. The measure is similar to the growing trend going on in states that have begun…

Teen charged with driving into Memphis protest, hitting 4

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old motorist in Tennessee has been charged with recklessly driving into a group of demonstrators who were protesting police brutality, striking four. According to police documents, Anthony Marcuzzo slowly drove his Chevrolet Tahoe…

Tennessee official: Don’t send forms yet for expanded voting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's election coordinator is telling local counterparts not to send absentee voting applications yet to a group of people newly eligible to vote by mail under a court order due to fears about the coronavirus pandemic.…

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…