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Former colleagues pay tribute to former Vandy AD Williams

Feb. 15, 2019 7:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Numerous Vanderbilt officials and former athletes paid tribute to David Williams II on Friday at a funeral for the Southeastern Conference's first black athletic director. Williams died at the age of 71 on Feb. 8, a week after he had stepped down as Vanderbilt's athletic director....

Southern Baptist leader sorry he supported accused pastor

Feb. 15, 2019 6:35 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prominent leader in the Southern Baptist Convention said he was wrong to support a Kentucky pastor accused of covering up sex abuse. The Rev. Albert Mohler first addressed the issue Thursday in an interview with the Houston Chronicle . Earlier this week, that paper and the San...

Postseason prospects for SEC women's teams on shaky ground

Feb. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This hasn't been a typical season for Southeastern Conference women's basketball, and the league could feel the consequences when the NCAA Tournament bracket comes out. When the Division I Women's Basketball Committee offered its early projections of the top 16 NCAA Tournament seeds...

No. 1 Vols visit No. 5 Kentucky to start demanding stretch

Feb. 15, 2019 4:53 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has won a school-record 19 straight games but hasn't faced a Top 25 team in over two months. That's all about to change as the top-ranked Volunteers close the regular season with a demanding stretch that should prepare them for what they'll face in the NCAA Tournament. It...

Vols shuffle staff, add Ansley as defensive coordinator

Feb. 15, 2019 4:26 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is spending big to give coach Jeremy Pruitt a more experienced staff with some familiar faces. Pruitt announced staff changes Friday that included the hire of Derrick Ansley as a defensive coordinator who will handle all defensive calls. Pruitt had called Tennessee's...

Report: Nearly half of Tennessean students not college ready

Feb. 15, 2019 4:19 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nearly half of Tennessee students enrolled in higher education during the 2016-2017 school year needed some sort of remedial classes during their first year of college, according to new state data. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission released the numbers this week which have...

Tennessee congressman speaks out on undocumented students

Feb. 15, 2019 3:08 PM EST

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee congressman says schools in his district are having to hire more English language learning teachers due to an influx in undocumented students. However, he offered no evidence when pressed by reporters. Republican U.S. Rep. Phil Roe told WCYB-TV on Friday he...

Safety board: Boat sinking probably caused by pilot error

Feb. 15, 2019 1:04 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The sinking of a towboat in the Mississippi River was probably caused by a boat pilot's mistake and lack of oversight of the vessel, federal officials said. The National Transportation and Safety Board reported the pilot had decided to operate the boat with unsecured deck hatches when...

Prosecutor: Tennessee officer justified in fatal shooting

Feb. 15, 2019 10:55 AM EST

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee prosecutor says an Oak Ridge police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man who was driving toward him and refused to stop. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Anderson County district attorney general Dave Clark said Oak Ridge Officer Nathan Gibson followed...

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

Feb. 15, 2019 7:26 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in incentives promised to what is already one of the world's richest, most...