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Tennessee doctors: Make masks mandatory, enforce rules

Jul. 6, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of critical care physicians on Monday called on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to do more to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. In a news conference, Dr. Aaron Milstone suggested the governor needs to do three things to bring Tennessee's surging case numbers back down. First,...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Charlie Daniels appears at the Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tenn. Daniels who had a hit with “Devil Went Down to Georgia” has died at age 83. A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday due to a hemorrhagic stroke. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Country rocker and fiddler Charlie Daniels dies at age 83

Jul. 6, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Charlie Daniels, who went from being an in-demand session musician to a staple of Southern rock with his hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has died at 83. A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday at a hospital in Hermitage,...

Omari Booker, 39, sits on a chair in his studio Monday, June 15, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Booker says his talents were born through a mix of education and life experiences, many of which were rooted in racism and engaging with police as a young Black male. (Damon Mitchell/WPLN-FM via AP)

For Black Tennessee artists, protests are a lifelong pursuit

Jul. 5, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There are more paintings than furniture in Omari Booker’s studio in Nashville. His works are bursting with color, illuminating images of family and Black men. One painting, “The Black Bird,” captures his time in prison. “That’s what a lot of days...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee removes his mask as he begins a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Governors stress 'personal responsibility' over virus orders

Jul. 4, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Earlier this week, as Tennessee registered what then was its highest single-day coronavirus case increase, Gov. Bill Lee held a news conference and issued a stern response. It wasn't a mandate to wear masks in public or clamp down on businesses or social gatherings. Instead, it was...

Knox and Shelby join Nashville, Memphis in mask mandate

Jul. 3, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knox County and Shelby County on Friday joined Nashville and Memphis in requiring people to wear face masks in many public settings to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The orders come as the virus cases continue to surge in Tennessee. The state recorded 1,822 new cases on...

Tennessee high school teacher wins $50,000 Amazon award

Jul. 3, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee high school teacher and Tennessee State University alumna has won a $50,000 award from Amazon. First-year teacher Shasta Charlton is a 2020 Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Award recipient. She is a computer science teacher and Robotics Club staffer at Whites...

Vandy player expelled for violating sexual misconduct policy

Jul. 2, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Vanderbilt football player dismissed from the team and expelled for violating the university's sexual misconduct policy in October 2018 took part in a Pro Day on campus months later, forcing the university to apologize and adjust its procedures. The Title IX office investigated...

FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo, Nashville Mayor John Cooper delivers the State of Metro Address from the Council Chambers at the Metro Courthouse in Nashville, Tenn. Cooper said on Thursday, July 2, 2020 the city will roll back its reopening in response to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP, File)

Nashville rolling back reopening after virus surge

Jul. 2, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville will roll back its reopening in response to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, Mayor John Cooper said Thursday. The rollback is “tailored on what we’ve learned through contact tracing investigations over the past several weeks,” Cooper said during...

Nashville will no longer prosecute minor marijuana charges

Jul. 1, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk announced on Wednesday that his office will no longer prosecute individuals for possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. “Marijuana charges do little to promote public health, and even less to promote public safety,"...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee puts on his mask at the end of a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee officials offer stern warning as virus cases climb

Jul. 1, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued a stern warning to the public Wednesday as Tennessee registered its highest daily increase in positive COVID-19 tests for the third time in a week and a half. But the Republican also said he's not pursuing a statewide requirement to wear masks in...