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Tennessee hospital system suspends unpaid bill lawsuits

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee hospital system says it's suspending legal actions against patients who have unpaid medical bills amid mounting public outcry over the practice. The Commercial Appeal reports Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is suspending the practice for…

ATF offers reward in theft of guns from Memphis pawn shop

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal authorities are investigating the theft of guns from a pawn shop in West Tennessee. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a news release that about nine guns were stolen from Cash…

Memphis council backs part of Graceland expansion plan

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- City Council members in Memphis have approved part of a plan for a $75 million expansion project at Elvis Presley's Graceland. Tuesday's vote by council members was related to a plan to provide tax incentives for…

Judge says Tennessee marriage law has constitutional issues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge in Nashville says there are some "serious constitutional issues" with a new Tennessee law that prohibits ministers ordained online from solemnizing weddings. The Washington-based Universal Life Church Monastery Storehouse and three Tennesseans ordained…

Police: Man drunkenly broke into center, loosed bobcat

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Chattanooga say a man told officers he drunkenly broke into a nature center and tried to play fetch with a bobcat, accidentally allowing the creature to escape. Photo of Evi…

Parents of toddler killed at Tennessee state park seek $900K

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The parents of a 2-year-old Kentucky boy who died at a Tennessee state park last month are seeking $900,000 in damages from the state. Attorney Christopher Smith tells The Tennessean that the Tennessee Department of Environment…

3 injured in boating accident on Tennessee River

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. -- Three people were injured Saturday in a boating accident on the Tennessee River.   The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says the accident occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday near the Rivers Edge community on Kentucky Lake. Reports…

Federal judge temporarily blocks Tennessee auctioneer law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Tennessee law that requires online auctioneers to be licensed but exempts some big auction websites like eBay. U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson filed the temporary restraining order last week…

Man accused of taking scissor lift for joyride in downtown Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Tennessee say a man is accused of stealing a scissor lift and driving it through downtown Nashville. WKRN-TV reports 23-year-old Hunter Pullens was charged with joyriding, vandalism and public intoxication. Police were alerted that…

17-year-old puts in bid to run for Murfreesboro City Council

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A Middle Tennessee high school student bothered by a property tax increase has announced his intention to run for city council. The Daily News Journal reports 17-year-old Zach Ouellette will run for a spot on the…

TWRA taking applications for 2019 quota hunts

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for the 2019 wildlife management area big game quota hunts, the Cherokee party dog hunts, the elk hunts, and all youth hunts. Hunters have until July 24…

FedEx announces possible delays due to overnight storms

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- FedEx announced Thursday that delivery delays are possible after disruptions at the Memphis hub caused by overnight storms. Delays are possible for package deliveries across the U.S. with a delivery commitment of June 20, according to a…

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