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FILE - This Aug. 22, 2018 file photo shows Joe Diffie performing at the 12th annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tenn. A publicist for Diffie says the country singer has tested positive for COVID-19. Diffie is under the care of medical professionals and is receiving treatment. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File)

Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

Mar. 29, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61. Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the...

In coronavirus pandemic, Nashville's homeless need shelter

Mar. 29, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Outside the black gates at Room In The Inn, more than 100 members of Nashville's homeless community stand waiting for their lunch ticket numbers to be called. The process is organized and orderly — turn in your number, get a squirt of hand sanitizer, pick up your aluminum...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (right, at podium) speaks to reporters at Memphis International Airport about the state's response to the new coronavirus on Friday, March 27, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).

Tennessee gov expects 'significant' unemployment pay boost

Mar. 27, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee said Friday he expects a big jump in unemployment payouts to Tennessee residents under legislation passed by Congress for those who lost work to the coronavirus pandemic. Lee told reporters he doesn't know the exact amount of increase people will see in their payments....

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 1968, file photo, Miami Floridians' Les Hunter (41) is fouled by Oakland Oaks' Jim Eakins (42) while scoring a basket during an ABA basketball game in Miami. Hunter, a star on Loyola Chicago's barrier-breaking 1963 NCAA championship team, died Friday, March 27, 2020, the school said. He was 77 and had been battling cancer. (AP Photo/Toby Massey, File)

Les Hunter, star on Loyola Chicago championship team, dies

Mar. 27, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Les Hunter, a star on Loyola Chicago's barrier-breaking 1963 NCAA championship team, died Friday. He was 77. The university announced Hunter's death, saying he battled cancer. Hunter helped Loyola — with four black starters — break down racial barriers and capture what remains...

Tennessee weekly jobless claims 14 times higher amid virus

Mar. 26, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee saw more than 14 times as many new unemployment claims filed last week compared to the previous one, quantifying some of the economic consequences of a global coronavirus pandemic that has shuttered businesses to curb further infection. According to U.S. Department of...

Doctor: State advises using diapers to protect from virus

Mar. 26, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Department of Health is advising doctors to use diapers and swim goggles to protect their faces if they cannot obtain personal protective equipment due to shortages related to the COVID-19 outbreak, a Tennessee doctor said Thursday. Dr. Sonal Gupta spoke during a video...

FILE - In this Monday, March 16, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee answers questions concerning the state's response to the coronavirus during a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. Lee's

Tennessee gov hopes no 'elective' abortions with virus order

Mar. 25, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's "hope and expectation" is that there will be no "elective" abortions performed in the state under an executive order that bars non-essential medical procedures to free up protective equipment for hospitals treating the coronavirus, his spokesman said...

Red Cross extends financial help deadline after tornadoes

Mar. 25, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The American Red Cross said Wednesday it continues to offer emergency financial help for Middle Tennessee residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the tornadoes that tore through the region in early March. The Red Cross said in a news release that a deadline to file an...

This undated photo provided by Metro Nashville Police Department shows Zohal Sakwall. Police say Zohal Sakwall, 40, called the Metro Nashville Police Department and admitted to killing her 4-month-old daughter, Natalie, in June 2010. (Metro Nashville Police Department via AP)

Police: Tennessee woman admits to killing baby a decade ago

Mar. 25, 2020 7:58 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman called authorities and admitted to killing her child nearly a decade ago, police say. Zohal Sakwall, 40, told Nashville detectives that she suffocated her 4-month-old daughter, Natalie, with a plastic bag in June 2010, according to a news release Tuesday from the...

A man stands in the middle of Broadway to take a picture, where the streets and sidewalks are normally filled Monday, March 23, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. More cities and counties in Tennessee have issued strict orders for nonessential businesses to shut down temporarily and people to stay at home as much as possible to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Doctors plead with Tennessee governor for stay-at-home order

Mar. 24, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Doctors across Tennessee pleaded with Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday to take stronger action to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. In a webinar shortly before the governor's daily briefing, Dr. Aaron Milstone warned that "without action, tens of thousands of Tennesseans may die of...