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Mayors launch task force to oppose minor league contraction

Jan. 22, 2020 5:56 PM EST

Dozens of mayors from across the United States have formed a task force opposing a proposal by Major League Baseball to eliminate 42 affiliated minor league franchises for the 2021 season. The coalition launched Tuesday with three leaders and was up to 30 members by Wednesday afternoon, ranging from Chattanooga,...

FILE - In this March 23, 2008, file photo, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt questions a call as her team plays Oral Roberts in the first half of a first-round women's NCAA college basketball tournament game in West Lafayette, Ind. For over a decade the rivalry in women's basketball was Tennessee and UConn.  After a 13-year absence the two teams will play Thursday night, Jan. 23, 2020, in Hartford, Connecticut. The two powerhouse teams led by Hall of Fame coaches Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma put the sport on the national scene starting with their historic first matchup in 1995 that was a 1 vs 2 showdown. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

UConn vs Tennessee rivalry renewed in women's hoops Thursday

Jan. 22, 2020 5:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For more than a decade, the rivalry in women's basketball was Tennessee and UConn. After a 13-year absence, the teams will play again Thursday night, broadcast at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN from Hartford, Connecticut. The powerhouse teams led by Hall of Fame coaches Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma...

FILE - This file photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Nicholas Sutton. Tennessee death row inmate Nicholas Sutton has chosen to die by the electric chair, making him the fifth inmate in a little over a year to choose electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection. Sutton, sentenced to death in 1985 for stabbing fellow inmate Carl Estep after a confrontation over a drug deal,  is scheduled to be executed on Feb. 20.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Fifth condemned Tennessee inmate opts for the electric chair

Jan. 22, 2020 4:59 PM EST

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has chosen the electric chair for his scheduled execution next month, opting like four other inmates in little more than a year for electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection. Nicholas Sutton, 58, is scheduled to be put to death...

Vanderbilt University reaches deal on renewable energy push

Jan. 22, 2020 4:17 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University announced a renewable energy deal Wednesday aimed at offsetting a portion of the school's greenhouse gas emissions. The Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville Electric Service and Silicon Ranch are partnering with Vanderbilt on a 20-year agreement to reduce the...

This combination of photos shows country music singers, from left, Kacey Musgraves performing at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas on Oct. 6, 2019, Miranda Lambert performing at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 15, 2018, Maren Morris performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. on June 15, 2019 and Carrie Underwood performing during her

Can equality pledges fix country music's gender problem?

Jan. 22, 2020 4:03 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — What started as a joke on Twitter about an unwritten rule among country radio stations not to play two female artists in a row prompted outrage by country music stars, but also pledges to give women equal airtime. A now-deleted tweet by a Michigan radio station 98 WKCQ-FM last week...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jan. 22, 2020 2:44 PM EST

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Jan. 21 The Johnson City Press on a push to have lawmakers ban businesses from relocating to different districts for tax-break incentives: Should government protect a private business from competition? That's what Steve Johnson, developer of The Pinnacle shopping...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Gov. Bill Lee, R-Tenn., walks on the turf before a NFL divisional playoff football game in Baltimore. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Lee urging him not to sign the controversial adoption funding legislation currently awaiting his signature. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

ACLU urges Tennessee gov not to sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 22, 2020 1:20 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil rights group is raising questions about the legality of a Tennessee proposal that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties...

Second child dies after double shooting in Tennessee

Jan. 22, 2020 1:04 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A second child wounded in a double shooting in Tennessee on Monday has died, police said Wednesday. Sixteen-year-old Lequan Boyd was pronounced dead hours after 6-year-old Ashlynn Luckett, Memphis police said in a series of tweets. Both were shot in the same location Monday and...

Utility mulls moving cemeteries at plant to store coal ash

Jan. 22, 2020 4:28 AM EST

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A federal utility is considering relocating cemeteries within a Tennessee power plant's property lines to expand coal ash storage. The Tennessee Valley Authority says it is currently seeking the public's input and assistance to identify families associated with the cemeteries on the...

Mississippi forward KJ Buffen (5) is defended against by Tennessee guard Santiago Vescovi (25) during an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Knoxville, Tenn. (Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Tennessee wins 73-48 as Ole Miss suffers 6th straight loss

Jan. 22, 2020 12:15 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee continued its recent surge by playing the stingy defense that has carried the Volunteers for much of the season. The slumping Mississippi Rebels certainly had no answers for it. John Fulkerson scored a career-high 18 points and matched a career high with 10 rebounds as...