AP Top Tennessee Headlines at 2:00 a.m. EDT

Pilot Flying J agreed to pay legal costs of former staffers
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The truck stop chain controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has publicly distanced itself from former employees charged with defrauding customers. But court records show the board of Pilot Flying J has agreed to pay the ex-staffers legal bills....

Democrat Bredesen confirms interest in Tennessee Senate race
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, is considering a bid to succeed retiring Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate....

'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death
BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- The jury in the tense murder trial of a Mississippi man charged with setting a 19-year-old friend on fire and leaving her to die handed a bailiff a note: They have reached a verdict....

Blackburn cites 'unintended consequences' of opioid law
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee, on Monday called for immediately addressing any "unintended consequences" of a federal law she co-sponsored that dialed back federal power to stop companies from distributing opioids....

Ruby Tuesday chain to be taken private in $146 million deal
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ruby Tuesday is being acquired for about $146 million in a deal that will take the struggling chain private....

Haslam to attend grand opening of Hankook plant
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Fresh off a trade mission to drum up more business from Asia, Gov. Bill Haslam is attending the grand opening South Korean tiremaker Hankook's new plant in Tennessee....

Thousands of state assessment tests scored incorrectly
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee education officials believe nearly 10,000 assessment tests across the state were scored incorrectly....