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Appalachian Bear Rescue

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (AP) - The Appalachian Bear Rescue has released two black bear cubs back into the wild. The organization says in a statement that two bear cub sisters, named Summer and Juliette, were released into the wild on Wednesday.…

Good Samaritan near Nashville in 2002 sought on Facebook

MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An Ohio woman is searching for the good Samaritan who helped her family at the scene of a car accident when she was a young child. Eighteen-year-old Maddie Williams tells The Tennessean that she was four…

No takers yet for historic Oak Ridge WWII-era temporary town

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- Organizations that work with the homeless have not expressed any interest in acquiring the 160-acre tract in Oak Ridge where thousands of people lived during the secret World War II Manhattan Project. According to The…

Mississippi troopers: 4 fatal accidents over Thanksgiving

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The Mississippi Highway Patrol ended its Thanksgiving enforcement period Sunday night. Capt. Johnny Poulos said in a news release troopers issued 6,198 citations with 121 DUI arrests. Poulos says troopers investigated 221 vehicle accidents. He says…

Main span coming soon for new Land Between the Lakes bridge

AURORA, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky transportation officials say engineers are planning to place the main arch for a new bridge at Land Between the Lakes this week if weather conditions are right. The bridge will replace the Eggner's Ferry bridge…

New app developed to help homeless people

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) -- A new app developed at Northern Kentucky University aims to help homeless people in the Cincinnati area. The Kentucky Enquirer reports the Street Reach app allows members of the public to report when they see…

Infant mortality falls faster in Mississippi than nationwide

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's health officer says Mississippi's infant mortality rate is falling faster than the national rate, but is still high. Dr. Mary Currier says the rate fell 28 percent between 2005 and 2014. That included a 15…

Tribute planned for veterans at new center near Fort Knox

RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) -- A group of central Kentucky residents are planning a tribute for veterans at a center under construction near Fort Knox. The News-Enterprise reports Clint Meshew, Gary Broadway, Jerry Howard and Greg Barnes formed a nonprofit to…

Ex-Globetrotter to students: Learn and practice

FULTON, Miss. (AP) -- A former member of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team tells students at the Itawamba Attendance Center to learn and to "practice, practice, practice." The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Michael "Memphis" Douglas said at a…

Analysis: New Mississippi lawmakers bring broad experience

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Roughly 20 percent of Mississippi legislative seats will turn over to a different person when the four-year term begins in January, with new members bringing fresh perspectives. Here are five things to know about the incoming…

Waveland man shot in head multiple times, dies at hospital

WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) -- Waveland Police Chief David Allen says Waveland police are trying to find who shot a 42-year-old Waveland man in the head several times. He WLOX-TV that Jason Duffy was shot in his home shortly after 4…

10 have applied so far for police chief in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) -- At least 10 people have applied to be the next police chief in Columbus. Human Resources Director Pat Mitchell tells The Columbus Dispatch that 10 people had applied by Friday. The deadline is Dec. 14. Former…

Alabama man dies on Mississippi highway

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- The Mississippi Highway Patrol says an Alabama man died when his car flipped in George County, and a FedEx driver from Utah was seriously injured when his truck overturned on Interstate 10 in Hancock County. Mississippi…

Northeast Mississippi has lowest unemployment rate in years

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Northeast Mississippi has posted the lowest monthly jobless rate in 10 years. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the 16 counties in the region posted a collective unemployment rate of 5.1 percent in October. There were…

Reconstruction projects will close 2 boat ramps

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Fish and Wildlife says two boat ramps will be closed beginning Monday to undergo reconstruction projects. The agency says the closures at Lake Beshear and at Kentucky Dam Marina on Kentucky Lake are temporary. The…

State agency approves acquisition of Public Gas Co.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Frontier Gas LLC is expanding again with the purchase of Public Gas Co. The Public Service Commission said in a statement that it approved the acquisition, which creates a company that will serve nearly 6,000…

State's 2nd Jumpstart: Mississippi University for Women

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi University for Women is beginning the second Jumpstart program in the state. Site manager Rose Ford tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the new chapter is targeting education majors, but is open to all…

Hearings for Tennessee budget begin Monday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The heads of state government departments will begin presenting their proposed budgets on Monday to Gov. Bill Haslam. The Tennessean reports the annual hearings are among the first steps to be taken as state leaders begin…

Boyfriend of hit-and-run victim found shot multiple times

WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) -- Waveland police say a man shot at his home over the weekend was the boyfriend of the woman found dead in a ditch on June 18. Police Chief David Allen tells The Sun Herald authorities are…

Biloxi City Council calls meetings about infrastructure work

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- The Biloxi City Council will meet twice Tuesday. On the agenda for the 4:30 p.m. workshop are HNTB, the company hired to oversee the $365 million infrastructure project, and Oscar Renda, the company doing the work…

University Medical Center sees surge in ER spice visits

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The University of Mississippi Medical Center says there's been a surge in the number of emergency room visits from people who had used the synthetic drug dubbed spice. Dr. Alan Jones, chairman of emergency medicine, tells…

2 assaulted with handgun after UK-UoFL football game

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Two people have been injured and one person has been arrested after a pistol-whipping incident at Commonwealth Stadium. University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe tells media outlets that just after the University of Kentucky vs.…

Firefighters: 1 dead after fire at Lexington duplex

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A woman has been killed, a man has been injured and a family of three has been displaced in a fire at a South Lexington duplex. Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Harvey says the duplex…

Knoxville Vietnam veterans plan return trip

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A group of Knoxville veterans will be traveling to Vietnam for a weeklong trip. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports a group of 18 people, mostly veterans but including a few others, are flying to Vietnam on…

Shots fired outside East Nashville church

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Greater Grace Temple Community Church in East Nashville was put on lockdown after shots rang out outside. Pastor Breonus Mitchell tells media outlets that a service was being held when he and churchgoers heard the shots…

County Music Hall celebrates millionth visitor in 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The County Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville says it will celebrate its millionth visitor in 2015 in a ceremony later this week. According to a statement, it will be the first time the…

Fines going up for those who don't wear seat belts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Fines for not wearing seat beats in Tennessee will more than double at the beginning of next year. The Tennessean reports the cost of a first-time violation will rise from $10 to $25, and the cost…

Mining museum to open in Rocky Top

ROCKY TOP, Tenn. (AP) - An East Tennessee town that changed its name to Rocky Top in an effort to attract more tourists is preparing to open a new attraction: the Coal Creek Miners Museum. Anderson County Tourism Director Stephanie…

Deputies use Taser on 72-year-old woman during standoff

CANTON, Miss. (AP) - Deputies say they used a Taser on a 72-year-old woman during a four-hour standoff. The Madison County Sheriff's Department tells the Clarion-Ledger a man called deputies Sunday asking for assistance to reach his mother. Deputies say…

Man found dead was to be witness in court-martial case

PEMBROKE, Ky. (AP) - A man found dead in his home as police investigated remains found in a burnt vehicle was scheduled to testify in an upcoming court-martial at Fort Campbell. The Kentucky New Era reports 59-year-old Calvin Lee Phillips…

Tacky Christmas sweaters are on thrift store racks

JACKSON, Tenn.-- Garland, bells, and ornaments are for purchase at local thrift stores, but that also means it's time for tacky Christmas sweaters. City Thrift says they're ready to help with all…

Possibly business burglary off of Hollywood

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A West Jackson business appears to have been broken into over the weekend. Viewers sent WBBJ pictures of what appears to be a break in and possible burglary…

Local woman celebrates 100th birthday

HENDERSON, Tenn. --Seventeen presidents, seven major wars, and hundreds of inventions, this lady has lived to see them all. Gladys "Memphis" Garland and hundreds of her closest family and friends celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday. She said she was born…

Hopkins deputy shoots 15-year-old driver in confrontation

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police say a Hopkins County deputy shot and injured a juvenile who drove a pickup truck at him. According to police, a 15-year-old was speeding on Interstate 69 Saturday when deputies tried to pull…

Deadline is Tuesday to apply for MTSU guaranteed scholarship

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Middle Tennessee State University says its deadline is coming up next week for high school seniors seeking one of the school's guaranteed scholarships. Scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 per year are available for students who…

Vigil planned Monday for girl missing 16 years

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A Middle Tennessee high school student who disappeared 16 years ago will be remembered Monday on her 33rd birthday. The Daily News Journal says grade school friends of China Videon are sponsoring the vigil and invited…

Drive-by shooting kills Chattanooga mother

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A drive-by shooting in Chattanooga killed a single mother as her children watched television upstairs. The Times Free Press reports the Tuesday night shooting fatally wounded 37-year-old Monica McMillon. But neighbors say she couldn't have been…

Peyton Manning to speak at Middle Tenn. sports awards event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Peyton Manning will be the guest speaker at an inaugural event honoring high school athletes and coaches from Middle Tennessee. The quarterback for the NFL's Denver Broncos is a former University of Tennessee quarterback. Manning will…

Nashville groups ask Haslam to reconsider refugee stance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Over 125 Nashville businesses, civic organizations and faith groups are asking Gov. Bill Haslam to change his stance on resettling Syrian refugees in Tennessee. Haslam last week said he asked the federal government to suspend resettlement…

19-year-old Memphis woman charged in death of toddler son

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A 19-year-old West Tennessee woman accused of killing her toddler son by putting him under a mattress to discipline him has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge. Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich's office said…

State weapons charge dropped in officer's shooting death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A state weapons charge has been dismissed in connection with the fatal shooting an off-duty Memphis police officer last month. Spokesman Larry Buser of Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich's office said Tuesday the state charge…

Police say man in Mississippi Waffle House kills employee

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- Police in Biloxi say they have arrested a man who shot and killed a woman at a Waffle House restaurant after she asked him not to smoke. Sgt. Donnie Dobbs says police received a call about…

Mississippi man accused of attacking parents over fast food

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Authorities say a Mississippi man is accused in Louisiana of killing his father and stabbing his mother because they ordered fast food and didn't get any for him. Jefferson Parish spokesman John Fortunato says 32-year-old Ronald…

Mystery surrounds Lockport brothers' deaths

LOCKPORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police are investigating what killed two Lockport brothers and left a third incapacitated and very ill. Trooper Josh Lawson tells media outlets that on Nov. 20, police found 61-year-old Richard Parrish and 69-year-old Oscar…

Online printing company expanding in northern Kentucky

HEBRON, Ky. (AP) -- An online printing company is planning to expand in northern Kentucky and hire 15 new workers. Gov. Steve Beshear's office said this week that GotPrint will invest more than $6.1 million in the project in Hebron…

Leno appearing in Richmond in celebrity series finale

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - Jay Leno is appearing in Richmond next spring in an event being billed as a tribute to Officer Daniel Ellis, the Richmond police officer killed in the line of duty this month. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports…

Company will turn old school into distillery in Muhlenberg

GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A western Kentucky company is planning to invest nearly $1.3 million to turn an old school into a distillery, creating 31 jobs. Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced the plan Tuesday for Muhlenberg County's historic Graham School.…

Dogs removed during Danville raid going to rescue groups

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP)- - A group of dogs taken during a police raid of a Danville home are being transferred to animal rescue organizations. In the next two weeks, ten Presa Canarios, some over 100 pounds, will be spayed and…