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No. 1 Alabama seeks to beat Tennessee for 12th straight year

Oct. 19, 2018 11:27 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Alabama's last obstacle before a Western Division showdown with No. 5 LSU is a longtime Southeastern Conference rival it has treated as little more than a speed bump for over a decade. Yet the top-ranked Crimson Tide say they're taking nothing for granted heading into Saturday's...

Pilot gives $1m to McConnell-linked PAC aiding Blackburn

Oct. 19, 2018 6:18 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The gas station chain founded by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's family has donated $1 million to a political committee supporting Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid. Campaign finance reports show Pilot Corporation made the Aug. 28 donation to the Senate Leadership...

Tennessee regulators reject Valparaiso law school move

Oct. 16, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Tennessee regulators rejected a plan to move Valparaiso University's struggling law school to Middle Tennessee State University, casting uncertainty on the future of the northwestern Indiana law school. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission voted 8-5 Monday to deny the school's...

Tennessee woman charged with trying to burn adult and child

Oct. 13, 2018 4:46 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman has been arrested for allegedly attempting to set a mobile home on fire with another adult and a child inside it. Court records say 39-year-old Sarah Gladys Bowling of Knoxville was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff's Office on Thursday after attempting to burn...

Couple sells belongings to travel for love and cosplay

Oct. 13, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Webb moved to Knoxville five years ago with nothing more than a Spider-Man suit and a car payment. He soon went from being homeless to owning multiple vehicles modeled after movies, including a "Scooby-Doo" Mystery Machine and a "Jurassic Park" Jeep. But Justin, now 29, has...

Tennessee Senate candidates exchange barbs in final debate

Oct. 10, 2018 11:19 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate on Wednesday, while the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again promising to improve bipartisanship in...

Broncos' Johnson pleads to 2 counts; DUI charge dropped

Oct. 9, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Denver Broncos linebacker Alexander Johnson has pleaded guilty to simple possession and failure to exercise due care while driving and had a DUI charge against him dismissed. Johnson agreed to a judicial diversion program enabling the charges to be dropped if he pays court costs and...

2 more ex-Pilot Flying J employees get prison sentences

Oct. 4, 2018 9:18 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Two more former employees of truck stop chain Pilot Flying J have been sentenced in connection with a rebate scam. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier sentenced former Pilot Flying J vice president Scott "Scooter" Wombold to six years and...

UT to close Knoxville dorm over mold, relocate students

Oct. 4, 2018 5:59 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is closing one of its on-campus residence halls that houses nearly 600 students, citing elevated mold levels in several rooms and common areas. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the school announced Wednesday that Laurel Hall will be closed...

Tennessee AD Fulmer: Vols 'working through cultural change'

Oct. 1, 2018 3:50 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said the Volunteers' football program is "working through a cultural change" and that he remains confident in first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt. "I can say with certainty that we've got us a heck of a football coach — absolute...