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Proposed TN law would lessen training time for natural hair care

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A bill has been proposed in Tennessee that would remove certain requirements regarding natural hair care. Cosmetologists are required to have 1,500 hours to be licensed in Tennessee. Of those, 300 hours are in natural hair styling.…

Tennessee education savings account plan clears first hurdle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher proposal has cleared its first hurdle inside Tennessee's GOP-dominant statehouse but not without facing a wide range of questions from lawmakers uneasy about the broad scope of the bill. A House…

Tennessee man gets 20 years for $3M investment scam

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for defrauding investors out of $3 million. News outlets report 64-year-old George David George was sentenced Monday for the scheme that led to his 2015…

Jerry Lee Lewis cancels shows, is recovering from stroke

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Rock 'n' roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis has been transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation center following a stroke last month, but will have to cancel upcoming shows, including his appearance at the New Orleans…

New Tennessee House bill aims to protect animals

JACKSON, Tenn. -- House Bill 852, or the Tennessee Paws act, is sponsored by Rep. Bruce Griffey. The bill aims to give tougher sentences for anyone convicted of aggravated animal cruelty, animal…

Hair braiding bill advances in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal to loosen state regulations surrounding hair braiding is advancing inside the Tennessee Statehouse. The House Government Operations Committee agreed Monday that hair braiders should not face the same strenuous licensing requirements as most cosmetologists.…

Nashville officer dragged by off-road vehicle in swarm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Tennessee's capital say an officer was dragged when a group of off-road vehicles swarmed a downtown street. Citing a release from Metro Nashville police, news outlets report that a four-wheeler dragged Sgt. John Bourque…

Boy, 11, charged with attempted murder in Memphis shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Memphis say an 11-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder in a shooting that critically wounded two people. The Memphis Police Department said officers went to the scene of a shooting at a…

Tennessee judge rebuked for nixing out-of-state abortion

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee judge has been rebuked for denying the request of a woman on house arrest to travel to Atlanta for an abortion. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the 23-year-old woman was at least 10…

Flood victims advised to take precautions with electricity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office is warning flood victims to take precautions around electricity to avoid fires. According to a news release, homes in flooded areas where the power was shut off need to be…

Father of Waffle House shooting suspect faces weapons charge

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) -- The father of a man accused of killing four people at a Tennessee Waffle House is facing a weapons charge in Illinois. Jeffrey Reinking was charged in Tazewell County Circuit Court on Thursday with unlawful delivery…

Tennessee education savings account plan to cost $125M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Lee says his school voucher plan will now cost $125 million over the next five years in his pursuit to allow more parents to use state funds to pay for their children's private education.…

Former Florida ag commissioner to head Ducks Unlimited

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam has been named CEO of the conservation group Ducks Unlimited. Putnam replaces Dale Hall, who will remain until his retirement June 30. Putnam said in a news release from…

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