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FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson passes the ball at the team's training facility in Boston. A person familiar with the situation says Duke is in talks with Boston Celtics assistant coach and former WNBA All-Star Lawson to lead the Blue Devils women’s basketball program. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, July 10, 2020, because the school has not commented publicly on its search. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Duke hires Celtics' Lawson to lead women's basketball team

Jul. 11, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

Duke has turned to Boston Celtics assistant coach and former WNBA All-Star Kara Lawson to lead its women’s basketball program. The school announced the hiring in a social media post Saturday, a little more than a week after Joanne P. McCallie announced she wouldn’t return for a 14th season as she...

Republican Tennessee lawmaker says he has COVID-19

Jul. 11, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state lawmaker says he has tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Republican state Rep. Kent Calfee said on Facebook on Friday that he and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19. The 71-year-old Kingston lawmaker said his wife is...

From left, Andrew Bell, Executive Director of the Nashville Tree Foundation, Frannie Corzine, President of the Garden Club of Nashville, and Noni Nielsen, Board President of the Nashville Tree Foundation, pose near tree stumps at Clinton B. Fisk Park in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, July 2, 2020. The park lost most of its trees in this year's tornado and the foundation plans to replant about 200 in November. (Ricky Rogers/The Tennessean via AP)

Trees downed by tornado to be replanted across Nashville

Jul. 11, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least twice daily, large tree stumps scattered across Fisk Park are shadowed by a bowed baseball cage, bent swing sets and a dilapidated picnic pavilion. The historied North Nashville park nestled off 25th Avenue North and Burch Street hasn’t always looked that way. Its...

Prosecutor: Marshals acted lawfully in Black man's death

Jul. 10, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Members of a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force who fatally shot a 20-year-old Black man after he pointed a rifle at them will not be charged in his killing, the top prosecutor in Memphis, Tennessee, said Friday. Shelby County district attorney Amy Weirich said marshals acted...

Trace Adkins performs during the funeral service for Charlie Daniels at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Friday, July 10, 2020. The Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday due to a hemorrhagic stroke. (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP)

Country stars talk of Charlie Daniels' faith at funeral

Jul. 10, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Country stars, veterans and longtime friends talked about the faith and patriotism of Charlie Daniels at a funeral Friday for the country singer and fiddler. Daniels, who died Monday at the age of 83, was given a star-studded salute by artists Travis Tritt, Trace Adkins, Vince...

Laboratory did not report infections to Nashville for weeks

Jul. 10, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A laboratory processing Nashville coronavirus tests did not report 312 positive results to the city for weeks, the Tennessean reported. The delay hampered the city's contact tracing efforts and led to an artificial case spike in confirmed coronavirus cases as the results were added...

Inmate sues Tennessee high court seeking execution delay

Jul. 10, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate is suing the state Supreme Court in hopes of delaying his Aug. 4 execution. In the federal lawsuit filed late last month, attorneys for Harold Nichols say Tennessee's high court has twice denied requests to reschedule his execution, despite delaying two other...

Trump declares disaster in Tennessee counties hit by storms

Jul. 10, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a major disaster in parts of Tennessee affected by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding on May 3 and May 4. The declaration means that federal funding is available for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities...

Chattanooga to keep testing wastewater for coronavirus

Jul. 10, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The city of Chattanooga plans to keep testing local wastewater for the prevalence of COVID-19 into 2021 after a study in May that showed thousands more cases of the virus than what was reported by local health officials, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. Throughout May,...

Teen pleads guilty in crash that killed Tennessee officer

Jul. 10, 2020 4:17 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A teenage driver has pleaded guilty to charges in a crash that killed a Tennessee police officer. Jayona Brown, 18, entered the plea Thursday to vehicular homicide, felony aggravated assault, evading arrest and driving without a license in Davidson County Criminal Court, news...