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Feds OKs Tennessee disaster declaration for winter storm

Apr. 23, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal officials have approved a major disaster declaration for Tennessee’s winter storms in February. State officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s declaration will help 13 counties impacted by severe winter weather from...

Evidence in Chauvin case contradicted first police statement

Apr. 23, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Moments after former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in George Floyd's death, copies of the original Minneapolis police statement began recirculating on social media. It attributed Floyd's death to “medical distress” and made no mention that the Black...

Tennessee high school student charged in stabbing incident

Apr. 22, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee high school student was being charged with attempted criminal homicide in juvenile court Thursday in the stabbing of another student, police said. The injured student, who is 14, suffered a stab wound to the neck and was in critical...

Lady Vols sign Sun Belt player of year Dye as grad transfer

Apr. 22, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Lady Vols have signed Alexus Dye, the Sun Belt Conference player of the Year, as a graduate transfer. Coach Kellie Harper announced the signing Thursday. The 6-foot forward is graduating in May at Troy and has...

Thelma Harper, "transformative" Tennessee legislator, dies

Apr. 22, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Sen. Thelma Harper, who became the first African-American woman elected to the state Senate, died Thursday. She was 80. The longtime Nashville lawmaker's daughter, Linda Harper, said in a statement that her mother died...

2 killed in small plane crash in rural Tennessee

Apr. 22, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two people have died in a small plane crash in rural West Tennessee, authorities said. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash of a Piper P28R airplane in Brownsville, the agency said. ...

Leslie Jordan parlays Instagram fame with new book and album

Apr. 22, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Last year at this time, as much of the world was on lockdown due to the pandemic, Leslie Jordan began posting daily videos of himself on Instagram. The actor known for roles in the “American Horror Story” franchise and “Will & Grace” was...

Mom charged in 3-year-old daughter's drug-related death

Apr. 22, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee mother has been charged with murder in the drug-related death of her 3-year-old daughter, police said. Prestina Clark-Wilcox, 24, surrendered to authorities Wednesday after being indicted on charges of first-degree felony murder,...

Georgia boat owner finds invasive mussels on Tennessee boat

Apr. 22, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials who are trying to keep zebra mussels out of Lake Lanier and other bodies of water say a boat owner recently spotted the invasive mussels in a boat purchased from a Tennessee resident. Georgia Department of Natural Resources...

Tennessee offering bonuses to add, keep corrections officers

Apr. 22, 2021 04:58 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is now offering a series of bonuses in an effort to try to recruit and keep more correctional officers in its prison system. The state Department of Correction says all newly hired correctional officers will receive a $5,000 signing...