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Report: Nearly half of Tennessee students not college ready

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- New state data show that nearly half of Tennessee students enrolled in higher education during the 2016-2017 school year needed some sort of remedial classes during their first year of college. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission…

String of anti-abortion bills proposed in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Doctors performing abortions on girls younger than 18 years old would be required to preserve a sample of the fetal tissue for law enforcement under a bill making its way through the Tennessee Statehouse. Currently the…

Middle TN sheriff must stop jailing some poor offenders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered a Middle Tennessee sheriff to stop jailing some people simply because they can't afford bail. The Thursday ruling pertains to misdemeanor offenders in Giles County who are arrested for probation violations…

Cardi B headlining Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Rapper Cardi B, blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., and rock mainstays The Killers and the Dave Matthews Band are among the acts scheduled to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival. The eclectic musical festival is…

TBI appoints Keli McAlister public information officer for West Tennessee

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has announced the appointment of an experienced communications and journalism professional to serve as the agency's new public information officer for West Tennessee. Keli McAlister joined the TBI this week after serving…

Former Memphis college student pleads guilty to changing grades

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former student at a private Tennessee college has pleaded guilty to downloading exams and changing grades to preserve his scholarship. The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis said Tuesday that 20-year-old Michael Geddati has pleaded guilty…

Ex-Tennessee pastor found guilty of raping adopted daughter

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former pastor in East Tennessee has been convicted of repeatedly raping one of his adopted daughters. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Monday that David Lynn Richards Jr., the former minister of My Father's House Church…

Memphis T-shirt company CEO killed in Costa Rica car crash

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A prominent Tennessee businessman has been killed in a car crash in Costa Rica. News outlets report that according to representatives of his company, Memphis businessman 61-year-old Mike Bowen died Saturday. T-Shirt Champions confirmed the death…

Nashville mayor to sign order to help LGBT-owned businesses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville Mayor David Briley is set to sign an executive order to help LGBT-owned businesses. Briley office says he will be joined on Monday by officials from the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Comcast and the…

US Marshals: Fugitive sex offender reportedly seen in Memphis area

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A fugitive sex offender who fled before being sentenced in Michigan has reportedly been seen in the Memphis area, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Michael Francis Flaker, 73, of Shelby, Michigan, is wanted for leaving before…

Tennessee bill would allow public records requests bans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennesseans could be banned from filing public records requests for one year under a new bill that would allow public agencies to ask courts to punish people for making too many requests deemed as harassment. The…

DA: Nurse charged in fatal drug-swap override safeguard

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A spokesman for the district attorney's office in Davidson County, Tennessee, is explaining why prosecutors have filed criminal charges against a former hospital nurse accused of mistakenly killing a patient. He says it's because she overrode…

6 now arrested in man's hanging death in Middle TN

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) -- Two more people have been arrested in the death of a Middle Tennessee man found shot and hanging from a tree. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Monday that Jamie Wilson Holland is charged with kidnapping…

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