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No paper trail by Super Tuesday for 2nd big Tennessee county

Dec. 11, 2019 7:46 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A second big county in Tennessee won't have paper-trail producing voting equipment that experts consider crucial for election integrity in place by the March 3 presidential primary. Knox County — anchored by Knoxville — is eyeing a change from fully electronic machines...

Tennessee Board of Regents to discuss budgets, new programs

Dec. 10, 2019 4:23 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Budget revisions and new student training programs are on the agenda for the next Tennessee Board of Regents meeting. The board that governs Tennessee’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology is scheduled to have its next quarterly meeting Thursday at its...

Tennessee woman accused of sex trafficking an 18-year-old

Dec. 9, 2019 5:26 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Tennessee woman was indicted Monday on human trafficking charges after authorities accused her of coercing an 18-year-old into prostitution. Savannah Elizabeth Gribanow, 26, was indicted in Fayette County, Kentucky, on charges of human trafficking, promoting human trafficking,...

8 new Tennessee sites added to historic places register

Dec. 7, 2019 1:43 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bank, a farm and a fallout shelter are among eight Tennessee sites recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tennessee Historical Commission said in a news release Thursday that the eight properties have been deemed cultural resources worthy of preservation....

Bible Release Program stirs impassioned debate

Dec. 7, 2019 1:15 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At Wednesday evening’s Board of Education work session in the City County Building’s Large Assembly Room, nearly every seat on the floor was filled. And most stayed as the board worked through a long agenda, discussing contracts, grants, the minutiae of a proposed...

Men get plea deal in Smokies sexual assault of homeless men

Dec. 3, 2019 5:15 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two men accused of taking homeless men to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to rape them have agreed to a plea deal. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Dusty Oliver and Richard Graham have each agreed to plead guilty to two charges of aiding and abetting an aggravated sexual...

Woman convicted in teen’s death released a week early

Nov. 26, 2019 5:32 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman convicted of failing to help a student receive medical attention was released early from a 30-day jail sentence. Chelsea Nicole Hopson pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in the death of 15-year-old Zach Munday. Knox County Sheriff's Office...

QB Guarantano’s re-emergence sparks Tennessee’s turnaround

Nov. 26, 2019 5:28 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nobody exemplifies Tennessee’s impressive recovery from a dismal start better than rejuvenated quarterback Jarrett Guarantano. Guarantano said he received death threats as he struggled through the first half of the season, lost his starting spot and fumbled away...

Insurance companies sue government over Gatlinburg fire

Nov. 25, 2019 4:43 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 40 insurance companies sued the federal government last week over its handling of a 2016 Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 2,500 buildings in Sevier County. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the companies are seeking more than...

Tennessee authorities capture inmate who ran from hospital

Nov. 22, 2019 6:11 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee say they captured an unrestrained inmate who escaped from a hospital and ran through the parking lot. Cellphone video taken by a Facebook user who said they were leaving the doctor on Wednesday shows the man still clad in his striped uniform jogging away...