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Tuesday is deadline to register for Tennessee Aug. 6 primary

Jul. 7, 2020 4:26 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennesseans are running out of time to register to vote in the Aug. 6 primary election. By Tuesday’s deadline, U.S. citizens with a driver’s license or a photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security can register at GoVoteTN.com. Or,...

Meharry Medical College gets $8 million for school program

Jul. 7, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College has received an $8 million grant for its BRIDGE to Success program, according to a Monday news release. The program is a partnership with certain Nashville public schools that includes workshops for children and parents on...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Charlie Daniels appears at the Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tenn. Daniels who had a hit with “Devil Went Down to Georgia” has died at age 83. A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday due to a hemorrhagic stroke. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Country rocker and fiddler Charlie Daniels dies at age 83

Jul. 6, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Charlie Daniels, who went from being an in-demand session musician to a staple of Southern rock with his hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has died at 83. A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday at a hospital in Hermitage,...

Tennessee doctors: Make masks mandatory, enforce rules

Jul. 6, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of critical care physicians on Monday called on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to do more to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. In a news conference, Dr. Aaron Milstone suggested the governor needs to do three things to bring Tennessee's surging case numbers back down. First,...

1 dead, 3 hurt after shots fired into crowd in east Arkansas

Jul. 6, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — One person was killed and three others injured after a shooting outside of an event late Sunday in eastern Arkansas, authorities said. The shooting happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Helena Barber and Beauty Shop in Helena-West Helena, about 50 miles...

Woof Warning: Dog alerts owner to house fire next door

Jul. 6, 2020 6:06 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A dog in Tennessee became a hero on the Fourth of July by alerting her owner to a house fire next door. Roux, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, woke her owner Jeff LeCates with “frantic and unusual barks" on Saturday night, a Franklin Fire Department press release said. When...

Senate confirms Miller as US marshal in West Tennessee

Jul. 6, 2020 4:12 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a deputy police chief as the new U.S. marshal for West Tennessee. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn and Rep. David Kustoff praised last week’s vote to confirm Tyreece Miller, Jackson Police Department’s deputy chief. President Donald...

Omari Booker, 39, sits on a chair in his studio Monday, June 15, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Booker says his talents were born through a mix of education and life experiences, many of which were rooted in racism and engaging with police as a young Black male. (Damon Mitchell/WPLN-FM via AP)

For Black Tennessee artists, protests are a lifelong pursuit

Jul. 5, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There are more paintings than furniture in Omari Booker’s studio in Nashville. His works are bursting with color, illuminating images of family and Black men. One painting, “The Black Bird,” captures his time in prison. “That’s what a lot of days...

Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, right, talks about the continuing battle against the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. At left is Gov. Bill Lee. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

COVID-19 immunity proposal flounders in Tennessee

Jul. 5, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Just a few weeks ago, Tennessee looked like a sure bet to become the latest state to protect businesses and other organizations from lawsuits by people impacted by the coronavirus in the push to reopen the economy. Republican Gov. Bill Lee had talked up the change and touted his...

Tennessee child starts business for college fund, charity

Jul. 4, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Dehoney won’t start kindergarten until next month, but the 5-year-old Signal Mountain entrepreneur is already thinking about college and how he can help pay for it. To raise money for his college fund, as well as aid those he saw eating out of garbage bins while...