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FILE - This Aug. 18, 2017 file photo shows a statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest in a park in Memphis, Tenn. On Friday, Jan. 7, 2020, Gov. Bill Lee's office said he will introduce legislation that would amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)

Tennessee governor wants to amend day that honors KKK leader

Jan. 18, 2020 4:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee will introduce legislation this year that would amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Lee's office confirmed Friday that the Republican, who has previously expressed his displeasure...

With governor's reprieve, man released after murder-for-hire

Jan. 17, 2020 6:17 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man who was serving a life sentence in a 1994 murder-for-hire plot in Tennessee is out of prison and on parole after the former governor granted him a reprieve. Jeremy Ingram was released from Morgan County Correctional Complex on Friday, according Tennessee Department of...

Tennessee Supreme Court schedules 2 more execution dates

Jan. 15, 2020 7:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday scheduled dates to execute two more death row inmates, but justices still haven't ruled on the attorney general's requests to set seven more. Continuing Tennessee's trend toward capital punishment, the court scheduled Oscar Franklin Smith to...

Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, debates a proposal allowing faith-based adoption agencies to decline to place children with same-sex couples because of their religious belief without facing penalties on the first day of the 2020 legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee governor says he will sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 14, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that he'll sign into law a measure that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The GOP-controlled Senate gave the...

This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Nicholas Sutton.  Attorneys for Sutton, a Tennessee death row inmate, say he should be spared from execution because he has transformed himself from a killer to a lifesaver while in prison. Sutton was sentenced to death in 1985 for the murder of fellow inmate Carl Estep.  In a Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 petition to Gov. Bill Lee, Sutton's attorneys say he saved the lives of numerous prison employees and fellow inmates. He is scheduled to be executed on Feb. 20.(Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Lawyer: Death row inmate went from life-taker to lifesaver

Jan. 14, 2020 2:09 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee death row inmate Nicholas Sutton should be spared from execution because he transformed himself in prison from a killer to someone who saved the lives of prison employees and fellow inmates, his attorneys argue in a clemency petition. Sutton was sentenced to death in 1985...

Austin Peay dumps Tennessee Tech behind Taylor double-double

Jan. 9, 2020 10:31 PM EST

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Terry Taylor scored 27 points with 12 rebounds and Jordyn Adams scored 20 and Austin Peay beat Tennessee Tech 75-62 on Thursday. Antwuan Butler and Carlos Paez each scored 10. Austin Peay (9-7, 3-0 Ohio Valley) was 29-of-58 shooting (50%). Austin Peay built a 13-5 lead and never...

Prosecutor won't seek death penalty in Waffle House shooting

Jan. 8, 2020 9:49 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing four people at a Tennessee Waffle House. Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk's office said in a court filing that it would seek life in prison without the possibility of parole for Travis Reinking, The...

Tennessee inmates ask court to stop execution scheduling

Jan. 4, 2020 12:15 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One African American defendant was forced by a judge to represent himself at trial. Another was shackled in front of an all white jury during a sentencing hearing. And a third black defendant facing the death penalty is intellectually disabled. Those are some of the arguments made...

Shelby County, Tenn., Mayor Lee Harris, seated at desk, holds up a letter reaffirming Tennessee's largest county's commitment to keep resettling refugees on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

Tennessee's largest county to keep welcoming refugees

Jan. 3, 2020 2:59 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The mayor of Tennessee's largest county on Friday reaffirmed its commitment to welcome refugees, amid a drop in the number of people who are coming to the Memphis area as they flee persecution and war in other countries. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris held a ceremonial signing of a...

A photo provided by the Nashville, Tenn. Police Department shows Michael Mosley. Mosley is accused in the Saturday, Dec. 24, 2019 fatal stabbings outside a Midtown Nashville bar that killed two men and wounded another. (Nashville Police Department via AP)

Police: Man held without bond in Tennessee bar stabbing

Dec. 26, 2019 5:02 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man was being held without bond Thursday in the stabbing deaths outside a Nashville bar of two men, including a Long Island University quarterback whose brother is a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Michael Mosley, 23, was charged with two counts of criminal...