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Blind inmate executed in Tennessee for woman's 1991 killing

Dec. 5, 2019 10:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A blind prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire in her car was put to death Thursday in Tennessee's electric chair, becoming only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the nation's death penalty in...

Tennessee high court rules against paper in defamation case

Dec. 5, 2019 5:40 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a newspaper cannot use the state's fair report privilege law as a shield against a defamation lawsuit for a story that was based on a one-on-one interview with a police detective. The unanimous ruling found that the privilege only...

Tennesseans invited for holiday tour of governor's mansion

Dec. 5, 2019 5:02 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennesseans are invited to visit the governor's mansion this holiday season for self-guided tours. This year's decorations are themed “Songs of the Season," with each tree decorated to represent a different classic Christmas carol. Visitors may also bring donations to...

Tennessee governor not stopping planned execution Thursday

Dec. 4, 2019 4:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday that he won't stop the state from putting a blind inmate to death in the electric chair later this week, clearing the way for the execution unless a federal court intervenes. Lee Hall, a 53-year-old inmate who became blind from glaucoma...

Court declines to intervene in upcoming Tennessee execution

Dec. 3, 2019 9:50 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two days before a Tennessee prisoner’s scheduled execution, the state’s Supreme Court has denied request for more time to consider the possible bias of a juror who helped hand down the original death sentence decades ago. The state’s top justices ruled Tuesday...

Likely no paper trail for voting in Memphis on Super Tuesday

Dec. 3, 2019 7:14 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s largest county probably won’t have new voting machines that create a voter-verifiable paper trail in place for the presidential primary election on March 3, an attorney for the state said Tuesday. Janet Kleinfelter of the Tennessee attorney general’s...

Tennessee Gov. Lee says prayers for state will be answered

Dec. 3, 2019 3:25 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says if residents pray to God to favor the state, God will answer those prayers. Speaking to religious leaders on Tuesday, Lee said he declared a statewide day of prayer and fasting in October because he knows for sure that God answers prayers. Lee said he...

Tennessee lands $16M federal transit grant to buy new buses

Dec. 2, 2019 4:35 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has landed a $16.2 million federal grant that will help transit agencies buy new buses. The money is included in $423 million in transit infrastructure grants nationwide that U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced on Friday. Tennessee’s share will go...

Death row inmate asks high court to intervene in execution

Nov. 30, 2019 2:43 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate is asking the state’s highest court to pause his upcoming execution to allow more time to consider questions surrounding the possible bias of a juror who helped hand down the original death sentence decades ago. Attorneys for 53-year-old Lee Hall...

Tennessee state prosecutors can be sued for defamation

Nov. 29, 2019 8:20 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that state prosecutors can be sued for defamation. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the court ruled this week that state prosecutors don’t enjoy the same immunity as policymakers, who are protected from defamation lawsuits even if...