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Middle TN pastor charged with trying to rape 12-year-old girl

PALMER, Tenn. (AP) -- A Middle Tennessee pastor accused of trying to rape a 12-year-old girl has been indicted. District Attorney Mike Taylor tells WRCB-TV that a Grundy County jury indicted 48-year-old William E. "Tim" Smith Jr. this week, more…

State officials share images of future Paris Landing Inn

HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. -- State officials have shared images showing what the new inn, restaurant and conference center at Paris Landing State Park will look like. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation shared the renderings Thursday, showing three…

East TN pastor accused of raping teen at worship center

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- An East Tennessee pastor is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl. Citing a Newport police report, news outlets report that 46-year-old James "Ronnie" Messer was arrested Saturday night after the girl's family reported him. The girl's…

More than $47M going to states to help veterans find jobs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The federal government has awarded grants totaling more than $47 million to help homeless veterans find jobs. Recipients in Tennessee were awarded more than $906,000, Kentucky awards totaled almost $775,000 and West Virginia will receive $165,000.…

Blackburn backs Supreme Court pick; Bredesen awaits hearings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- In Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is backing President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen is holding judgment until after confirmation hearings. Blackburn said Monday that Brett Kavanaugh will…

Clingmans Dome Tower in Great Smokies closing for repairs

FORNEYS CREEK, N.C. (AP) -- One of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park closed on Tuesday for repairs. The Clingmans Dome Observation Tower on the North Carolina-Tennessee state line is about 6,600 feet above sea…

Former bus driver convicted in fatal crash has bond revoked

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge in Tennessee has ordered a former school bus driver to remain behind bars while he appeals his conviction in a crash that killed six children. Twenty-five-year-old Johnthony Walker was sentenced to four years in…

Man attacked by bison at Land Between the Lakes

LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES, Ky. (AP) -- Authorities say a Tennessee man who entered the bison enclosure in a national recreation area straddling Kentucky and Tennessee was attacked. Land Between the Lakes spokesman Chris Joyner tells news outlets that the…

Voter registration for August primaries ends Tuesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tuesday, July 3, is the deadline to register to vote in Tennessee's August primary elections. Information on how to register can be obtained from the Tennessee Secretary of State's election division or at a county election…

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