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Knox County joins Nashville, Memphis in mask mandate

Jul. 3, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knox County on Friday joined Nashville and Memphis in requiring people to wear face masks in many public settings to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The order from the Knox County Board of Health specifically mandates that in most indoor public places, every person aged 12...

Tennessee high school teacher wins $50,000 Amazon award

Jul. 3, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee high school teacher and Tennessee State University alumna has won a $50,000 award from Amazon. First-year teacher Shasta Charlton is a 2020 Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Award recipient. She is a computer science teacher and Robotics Club staffer at Whites...

Vandy player expelled for violating sexual misconduct policy

Jul. 2, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Vanderbilt football player dismissed from the team and expelled for violating the university's sexual misconduct policy in October 2018 took part in a Pro Day on campus months later, forcing the university to apologize and adjust its procedures. The Title IX office investigated...

FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo, Nashville Mayor John Cooper delivers the State of Metro Address from the Council Chambers at the Metro Courthouse in Nashville, Tenn. Cooper said on Thursday, July 2, 2020 the city will roll back its reopening in response to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP, File)

Nashville rolling back reopening after virus surge

Jul. 2, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville will roll back its reopening in response to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, Mayor John Cooper said Thursday. The rollback is “tailored on what we’ve learned through contact tracing investigations over the past several weeks,” Cooper said during...

Nashville will no longer prosecute minor marijuana charges

Jul. 1, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk announced on Wednesday that his office will no longer prosecute individuals for possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. “Marijuana charges do little to promote public health, and even less to promote public safety,"...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee puts on his mask at the end of a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee officials offer stern warning as virus cases climb

Jul. 1, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued a stern warning to the public Wednesday as Tennessee registered its highest daily increase in positive COVID-19 tests for the third time in a week and a half. But the Republican also said he's not pursuing a statewide requirement to wear masks in...

Tennessee: Some first-time voters can't cast absentee ballot

Jun. 30, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say they plan to enforce a requirement that first-time voters who register by mail cast their ballots in person, despite a judge's ruling that allows all eligible voters to cast absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. The state attorney general's office...

Vote on major league soccer stadium violated meetings law

Jun. 30, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 2018 vote by Nashville's Metropolitan Sports Authority to award a $192 million contract for construction of a major league soccer stadium is void after a judge ruled the panel violated the state's Open Meetings Act. In a ruling filed last week, Davidson County Chancellor Ellen...

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces a new executive order in response to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, during a news conference in Phoenix on Monday, June 29, 2020. The governor ordered bars, nightclubs and water parks to close again for at least a month starting Monday night — a dramatic about-face as coronavirus cases surge in the Sunbelt. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Nets' DeAndre Jordan says he has coronavirus

Jun. 29, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ DeAndre Jordan says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and won’t be joining the Brooklyn Nets in Florida when the NBA season resumes. Jordan announced his status on Twitter, hours after fellow Nets player Spencer...

Counties told to use new mail voting info, per court order

Jun. 29, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee election officials on Monday distributed guidance required by a judge for counties to update their absentee voting information to reflect a court-ordered voting-by-mail option for all eligible voters during the coronavirus pandemic. State Elections Coordinator Mark Goins...