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President Obama To Meet With River Residents

President Barack Obama will meet with families affected by flooding along the Mississippi River when he travels to Memphis, Tenn., on Monday. The White House says Obama will also meet with first responders and state and local officials. The Mississippi…

Former KY Sheriff Headed To Jail

A former eastern Kentucky sheriff on Thursday pleaded guilty to using his office to take kickbacks, distribute drugs and pay for personal expenses. As part of a plea agreement, Basil Lawrence Hodge, 51, who had been the sheriff in Whitley…

Confederate Tag Debated In Kentucky

A group that promotes pride in Confederate history and civil rights advocates are drawing battle lines over efforts to win approval for Kentucky vehicle license plate displaying images of the Confederate flag and Kentucky native Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president.…

MS School Going Tobacco Free

Northeast Mississippi Community College will make all of its campuses tobacco free as of Jan. 1. Ricky Ford, athletic director and dean of student services, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the first semester of the 2011-2012 academic year…

Thompson Takes On New Role

Former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee has been named a co-champion of the nonpartisan National Popular Vote campaign. The project is promoting reform of the Electoral College by stressing popular votes instead of the winner-takes-all system according to state. Thompson,…

Police Attacked With Paint Thinner

Murfreesboro Police say a suicidal man tried to get police to kill him by throwing paint thinner in an officer's eyes. The unnamed man had called a crisis response line saying he was going to attempt suicide. But when police arrived he refused to open the door. According to The Daily News Journal, he told officers he was going to make them have to shoot him if they entered the home. When Sgt. Tim Higgins climbed in an open window, the man threw the paint thinner. Police were able to subdue the man, who was taken to the Middle Tennessee Medical Center for a mental evaluation. Higgins also was taken to the medical center, where he was treated and released. Police said they found several suicide notes in the house.

Flooding Brings Mosquito Worries

Heavy rains and flooding throughout Kentucky in the past few weeks have created the right conditions for increased mosquito infestations, and state health officials advise eliminating breeding grounds to avoid bites and potential disease. Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner…

Teacher Indicted On Sex Charge

A Lowndes County teacher has been indicted for an alleged affair with a 17-year-old student. Katherine Robbins posted a $25,000 bond Monday after pleading not guilty to sexual battery charges in Lowndes County Circuit Court. The case is scheduled for…

Nuclear Protestors Convicted

Twelve anti-nuclear protesters have been convicted of trespassing during a protest at Oak Ridge's Y-12 National Security Complex last year. The protesters entered the property after a protest held adjacent to the facility on July 5. They face a maximum…

TN Newspaper Figure Dies

Former Tennessean publisher Amon Carter Evans has died, his friend and colleague John Seigenthaler told the newspaper. He was 77. The Evans' family bought The Tennessean in 1937. Evan's father and then brother served as publishers before him. Evans was…

Judge's Country Club Membership Ruled Permissible

A panel has ruled that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge George Paine II's membership in a Nashville country club that has no women or blacks as full-fledged members does not violate the judicial code of conduct. But several on the panel of…

Collective Bargaining Bill Advances In TN House

A proposal to limit teacher's collective bargaining rights is advancing after the House speaker stepped in once again to cast a tiebreaking vote. The measure sponsored by Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville passed the House Finance Committee 13-12…

Memphis Food Distributor Subject Of FDA Probe

Federal regulators have filed a complaint against two Memphis-based food warehouses, alleging that they have filthy conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked U.S. District Court Wednesday for a permanent injunction against American Mercantile Corp., Ingredients Corporation of America…

Census Provides New Snapshot Of Kentucky

New census data shows that changes in the Kentucky population over the last decade mirror that of the nation, with residents becoming older, living in less traditional households, renting rather than owning and becoming more diverse. The numbers made public…

Mississippi Carries Out Execution

The state of Mississippi has executed a 52-year-old man convicted of killing four people, including two children, in 1999. Officials at the state penitentiary at Parchman said Tuesday that inmate Benny Joe Stevens was declared dead at 6:22 p.m. He…

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