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Former employees at raided slaughterhouse to get back pay

Jul. 9, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former employees of an East Tennessee slaughterhouse raided by federal immigration agents in 2018 will get $610,000 in back pay and damages, according to a consent order filed in federal court. The money will be paid over three years to about 150 former workers at the Southeastern...

A worker wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus cleans near a bank's currency advertisement board in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: More virus cases in Seoul as new clusters emerge

Jun. 26, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 51 more confirmed coronavirus cases as new clusters emerge in the densely populated Seoul area where people have been increasingly venturing out despite government warnings against complacency. Thirty-five of the new cases are in the capital region, which is at...

Tennessee to host UConn Huskies on Jan. 21 in Revival Series

Jun. 23, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Tennessee Lady Vols will host UConn on Jan. 21 in the second game of the Revival Series between the college basketball rivals. Naismith officials announced the date of the second game Tuesday. UConn won the first game 60-45 in Hartford, Connecticut, last January. “The...

Judge: 'Shame' on state for shirking mail voting order

Jun. 11, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge on Thursday said “shame on you” to state officials for not abiding by her order that allows a vote-by-mail option for all of Tennessee's 4.1 million voters during the coronavirus pandemic, saying she now had “to clean up confusion” from the...

In this March 19, 2005 photo, former University of Pittsburgh football head coach Johnny Major, right, visits Pitt's first NCAA college football practice of the spring in Pittsburgh. Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, died Wednesday morning, June 3, 2020, at home in Knoxville, Tenn., according to a statement from his wife, Mary Lynn Majors. He was 85.  (John Beale/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Johnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85

Jun. 3, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, died Wednesday. He was 85. Majors died at his home in Knoxville, according to his wife, Mary Lynn Majors. “He spent...

This image provided by the Roane County Jail shows Michael Anthony Gray Sr. Gray and his wife, Shirley Ann Gray, face charges after police found the skeletal remains of a girl buried in their yard. The Roane County, Tenn., couple, arrested on Monday, May 25, 2020, are charged with aggravated child abuse, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated child neglect and abuse of a corpse, authorities said.  (Roane County Jail via AP)

Warrant: Police find remains of second child in yard

May. 29, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The remains of a second child that belonged to a Tennessee couple facing abuse charges have been found buried in a yard, court records said. A search warrant affidavit says police recovered the remains of a boy from a Knox County property where Michael and Shirley Gray lived until...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 22, 2020 file photo, the Rev. William A. Mentz, pastor of the Scranton, Pa.-based St. Francis and Clare Progressive Catholic Church, wears a mask and gloves while distributing prepackaged communion to the faithful attending Mass while sitting in their cars in the parking lot of a shopping center in Moosic, Pa. The Progressive Catholic Church is a small denomination operating independently of the Roman Catholic Church. Other Catholic churches in the Scranton area suspended the celebration of mass to help control the spread of COVID-19. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP)

Pandemic will alter Communion rituals for many US Christians

May. 19, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Holy Communion will have a different look when in-person worship services resume at the end of May in the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee: The wafers signifying the body of Christ will be placed in the hands of parishioners by priests and deacons wearing face masks and safety...

In this Tuesday, May 5, 2020, photo, Morehouse College senior Lanarion

Historically black colleges work to help students amid virus

May. 15, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ja’nayla Johnson worked hard in high school with the dream of being the first in her family to graduate from college, but she started to doubt herself as several colleges rejected her. Then Bennett, a small historically black women’s college in North Carolina, saw...