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Tennessee father indicted in death of 2-year-old son

Jun. 12, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man faces charges that include first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect in what prosecutors say was a beating that killed his 2-year-old son last year. On Friday, Shelby County...

Body of Nathan Bedford Forrest removed from Memphis park

Jun. 11, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Workers have removed the remains of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife from a Tennessee park, officials said Friday, marking another step in the process of moving their bodies out of Memphis and to a museum hundreds of miles away. ...

3 convicted in federal court of Tennessee bank robberies

Jun. 11, 2021 04:41 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Three people face prison sentences after they were convicted in Tennessee federal court of using tracking devices and zip ties to abduct bank employees and steal more than $600,000. Antonio Johnson 44, Travis Jackson 37, and Shalundra Johnson, 39,...

County order further reduces mask restrictions in Memphis

Jun. 10, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Health officials in Tennessee's most populous county are lifting most existing face mask usage requirements enacted as precautions in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. A Shelby County Health Department order going into effect Saturday is...

Hearing set on plea deal in prison administrator's killing

Jun. 09, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A hearing has been set to discuss a plea deal for a Tennessee prison inmate charged with killing a corrections administrator during a 2019 escape attempt, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Lauderdale County District Attorney Mark Davidson told The...

Tennessee to funnel $52M more into Memphis megasite

Jun. 08, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that the state will pour $52 million into building a complicated wastewater discharge pipeline into a sprawling site that has failed to land potential tenants due to a lack of infrastructure buildout. ...

Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife seeks relief from guilty plea

Jun. 08, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A judge reset a hearing on Tuesday to address a request by the ex-wife of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright to throw out her guilty plea in his 2010 killing in Memphis, Tennessee. Sherra Wright filed a petition for relief of conviction or sentence...

Copeland, Ingram among winners of Blues Music Awards

Jun. 07, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Singer Shemekia Copeland and guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram are among this year's top winners at the Blues Music Awards. Veteran musicians Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop also won multiple awards for their album “100 Years of...

Woman accused of shooting into SUV that carried 4 small kids

Jun. 07, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) — A Tennessee woman is jailed without bond in Missouri for allegedly firing a gun into an SUV with four children inside in an alleged road rage incident. Authorities say 22-year-old Shanyka K. Fouche of Memphis was charged Saturday in Jefferson...

Meet this Mississippi school's 1st Black, female student

Jun. 06, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Jasáda Penelope Dunbar knows everyone gets nervous for their first day of school. But when she walked through the doors of Heritage Academy in 1988 to start third grade, her worries reached a different level. “Is my teacher...