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Fatal boating accident under investigation in Tennessee

May. 24, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Officials are investigating a fatal boating accident in Tennessee. Two men were fishing below the Fort Loudoun Dam on Sunday morning when their boat's engine failed to start and the boat was pulled into the dam's spillway, said Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency spokesman Matthew...

Tennessee puts $5.7M from VW settlement into bus projects

May. 21, 2020 2:52 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are using $5.7 million from the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal settlement for transit bus replacements in three cities. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced Wednesday that the funding will go to the Chattanooga Area Regional...

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...

Mormon missionary hit and killed while biking in Georgia

May. 17, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah teen serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died after being hit by a vehicle in Georgia, the church said Sunday. Elder McKay Bergeson, 19, of Bountiful, Utah, was riding his bicycle when he was hit near LaFayette, Georgia, church...

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...

Former Gov. Bill Haslam, wife launch school tutoring program

May. 12, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife Crissy are launching a new statewide program designed to help elementary school students who are at risk of falling behind in studies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Haslams announced Tuesday that they will partner with Boys &...

University of Tennessee eyes fall semester back on campuses

May. 6, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee system plans to end its hiatus on in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic and bring students back to campuses for the fall semester. The university said Wednesday the decision follows the creation of task forces for individual campuses and...

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate students Molly Felty, right, and Lauren Watkins take turns photographing themselves in their caps and gowns in front of the UTC sign on McCallie Avenue, Friday, May 1, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies are postponed to August 7 and 8 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Troy Stolt/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

UT campuses proposing no tuition increases next year

May. 1, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee campuses are proposing no tuition increases for the upcoming academic year. The board of trustees has already agreed to not increase tuition at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis, according to a news release from UT. The advisory boards for the...

Former Tennessee Valley Authority director joins nonprofit

Apr. 30, 2020 2:56 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Valley Authority Board Chairman David Freeman this week joined the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy as a senior energy advisor, according to a news release from the group. Freeman has more than four decades of experience directing energy policies at the federal,...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2016, file photo, Andrew Wilson, center, competes in the men's 100-meter breaststroke during the Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin, Texas. USA Swimming has announced its plans for a return to competition, beginning with a series of regional events in August before the national schedule begins in early November at Richmond, Virginia. (AP Photo/Stephen Spillman, File)

Back to the pool: USA Swimming unveils tentative schedule

Apr. 27, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

USA Swimming is planning a return to the pool. Though, no one is quite sure how it will all play out during the coronavirus pandemic. The national governing body unveiled a tentative schedule Monday that begins with a series of regional events in August before a national lineup of meets kicks off in early...