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How the Tennessee vs. Alabama football series began

Nov. 28, 2020 10:18 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first football game played between Alabama and Tennessee had just ended in shame, and a prominent Birmingham city official pondered whether the sport itself had a future in his city. A gorgeous Thanksgiving afternoon on Nov. 28, 1901, at West End Park in Birmingham turned ugly...

Judge orders 2 life sentences for man who killed parents

Nov. 20, 2020 11:47 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his parents over Thanksgiving weekend in 2016 and disposing of their bodies. Joel Guy Jr., 32, was given two consecutive life sentences on Thursday by Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword, news outlets...

Former lawmaker to serve as adviser to education chief

Nov. 10, 2020 4:21 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday announced that former House Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn will serve as a senior adviser to Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn. Dunn, a Republican from Knoxville, was an advocate for Lee's contentious school voucher bill. The proposal narrowly passed...

Republican Bill Hagerty, center, is joined by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., after Hagerty was named the winner of his race for U.S. Senate Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Franklin, Tenn. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP)

AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee’s election

Nov. 4, 2020 12:23 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With all eyes on the presidential election, the biggest race in Tennessee was the seat U.S. Senate seat opened by the retirement of Republican incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander. A handful of U.S. House and legislative seats also remain competitive in the GOP-dominant state. Here is a...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty greets supporters at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee’s election

Nov. 2, 2020 10:51 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With all eyes on the presidential election, the biggest race in Tennessee remains the open U.S. Senate seat now that Republican incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander is retiring as his term ends. A handful of U.S. House and legislative seats also remain competitive in the GOP-dominant...

Seth Goodman, of Port Carbon, Pa., and his brother Chase Goodman, back, cross the train tracks on Jackson Street in the annual Port Carbon Halloween Parade in Port Carbon, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. The parade was sponsored by Port Carbon Citizens Committee and local businesses. (Jacqueline Dormer/Republican-Herald via AP)

The Latest: New Mexico governor: Stay home on Halloween

Oct. 31, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Saturday said the spread of coronavirus is out of control in New Mexico as she urged residents to stay home and avoid gathering with others to celebrate Halloween. “Please — do your part to protect yourself and your fellow New Mexicans by...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty greets supporters at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee’s election

Oct. 31, 2020 6:36 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With all eyes on the presidential election, the biggest race in Tennessee remains the open U.S. Senate seat now that Republican incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander is retiring as his term ends. A handful of U.S. House and legislative seats also remain competitive in the GOP-dominant...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

Tiger at Tennessee zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 30, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three tigers at a Tennessee zoo are in quarantine after one tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to a Friday news release from Zoo Knoxville. The United States Department of Agriculture’s national veterinary lab confirmed the positive test for Bashir, an...

Family sues sheriff over fatal shooting of teen

Oct. 30, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The parents of a Tennessee teen fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy have filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Jimmie and Brandie Zappier filed the suit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Knoxville against the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office in the death of their 19-year-old...