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Congressmen press utility for answers on coal ash cleanup

Feb. 9, 2019 4:14 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee congressmen wrote a letter to the head of the Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday, seeking answers to questions about the cleanup of a massive coal ash spill. Allegations that the contractor TVA hired to handle the cleanup lied to workers and subverted safety...

No. 1 Tennessee beats Missouri 72-60 for 17th straight win

Feb. 6, 2019 12:03 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has matched the longest winning streak of Rick Barnes' 32-year head coaching career. Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams scored 13 points each as the top-ranked Volunteers defeated Missouri 72-60 on Tuesday night to earn their 17th straight victory, extending a school...

Nashville mayor insists on setting up police oversight board

Feb. 5, 2019 6:36 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Republican state legislators seek to limit local investigations of police misconduct, Nashville Mayor David Briley said Tuesday it's his job to ensure the will of the voters is carried out by continuing to implement a community oversight board for police. The mayor's office...

Police: Tennessee man threw cigarette trash can at firetruck

Feb. 5, 2019 5:42 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a Tennessee man threw a container for disposing of cigarette butts at a firetruck, disabling the vehicle while it was responding to an emergency call. Knoxville police say they arrested 42-year-old Jeremy Wynn on Sunday on charges of vandalism, reckless endangerment and...

Man convicted of biting off end of Tennessee officer's thumb

Feb. 1, 2019 5:15 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Bloods gang member who claims to be a "sovereign citizen" has been convicted of biting off the end of a Tennessee police officer's thumb. On Friday, Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen announced that a jury convicted 30-year-old Alexander Ray Johnson...

Gov. Cuomo shrugs off bishops' calls for his excommunication

Jan. 29, 2019 3:16 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday shrugged off criticism and even calls from Roman Catholic leaders for his excommunication from the church over his support of a new state abortion law. Saying he is duty-bound to separate his religious views from his work as governor, Cuomo, a Democrat,...

Sheriff: Police shot man driving toward officers

Jan. 21, 2019 3:11 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say police in Tennessee fatally shot a motorist who was driving toward officers. The Knoxville News Sentinel cited a statement from the Knox County Sheriff's Office that says a Knoxville police officer shot 30-year-old Jason C. Minnick of Clinton in the parking lot of an...

Unclaimed veterans buried with dignity, thanks to strangers

Jan. 20, 2019 11:17 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When the flags were removed from the caskets and folded with military precision, there were no family members there to receive them. So, the banners were passed, hand-to-hand, through the crowd. Some mourners wept as they clutched the flags briefly. Others kissed them. But the three...

Tennessee governor grants parole in murder-for-hire case

Jan. 18, 2019 5:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is granting parole to a man serving a life sentence in a 1994 murder-for-hire, saying the inmate has "undergone a transformation" behind bars. But a woman he shot and partially blinded in the attack says she's terrified she might encounter him again once...

The Latest: Tennessee gov-elect names 3 more officials

Jan. 17, 2019 1:35 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Gov.-elect Bill Lee's Cabinet appointees (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Incoming Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced his picks to lead the state Department of Health, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Department of General Services. The...