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Dumped pets create big problems for Knoxville lake

Dec. 10, 2018 5:11 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Workers in Knoxville have removed three truckloads of invasive weeds from a local lake, including aquarium grasses that officials believe were dumped there by residents. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the city has spent nearly $760,000 cleaning up the one-acre lake in Fountain...

University of Tennessee fraternity under investigation

Dec. 7, 2018 10:43 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police at the University of Tennessee are investigating a fraternity after two women reported being drugged and sexually assaulted. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the university sent a safety notice Friday around the Knoxville campus, saying it happened Nov. 29 at a fraternity...

Tennessee electrocutes second inmate in 2 months

Dec. 6, 2018 11:56 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate became the second person to die in the state's electric chair in just over a month Thursday, nearly two decades after Tennessee adopted lethal injection as its preferred method of execution. David Earl Miller, 61, was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. at a Nashville...

The Latest: Tennessee inmate's last words barely heard

Dec. 6, 2018 9:17 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on an execution in Tennessee (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The final words of a man executed in Tennessee almost couldn't be heard. Sixty-one-year-old David Earl Miller was asked before his execution Thursday night if he had anything to say. When his words couldn't be made...

Haslam appoints 20 members to university advisory boards

Dec. 6, 2018 5:02 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed 20 members to the new advisory boards for each of the four campuses within the state's university system. Haslam appointed the members after the advisory boards were created by Tennessee's General Assembly last session. According to a news...

Death-row inmate awaits court rulings, clemency decision

Dec. 5, 2018 4:07 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate was waiting Wednesday to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court or the governor would halt his Thursday execution in the electric chair. David Earl Miller was sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of 23-year-old Lee Standifer in Knoxville. He has spent 36...

The Latest: Inmate moved to death watch as execution looms

Dec. 4, 2018 2:37 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Thursday's scheduled execution of a Tennessee inmate (all times local): 1 p.m. Tennessee inmate David Earl Miller has been moved to the state's death watch ahead of his scheduled execution this week. The Tennessee Department of Correction says in a statement that the...

Tennessee state veterinarian tapped for top agriculture post

Dec. 4, 2018 10:43 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee has picked the state veterinarian to become his new commissioner of agriculture. Lee's transition team announced Monday evening that Dr. Charlie Hatcher of College Grove will take the post in the incoming governor's Cabinet. Hatcher has been the state...

Tennessee forms search committee as it selects chancellor

Nov. 29, 2018 4:44 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University of Tennessee system interim president Randy Boyd has named a search committee to assist in the selection of a Knoxville campus chancellor. The chancellor for UT Martin, Keith Carver, will chair the committee, which will launch its search in January and hopes to name a...

Murder victim's mother remembers 'bubbly, happy character'

Nov. 28, 2018 1:46 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If David Earl Miller dies in Tennessee's electric chair next week as scheduled for the 1981 murder of Lee Standifer, the slain Knoxville woman's mother won't be there to witness it. Helen Standifer won't say exactly how she feels about the execution, but she knows she doesn't need...