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Youth minister charged with statutory rape, sexual battery

Jun. 23, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

CAMDEN, Tenn. (AP) — A youth minister and former volunteer coach has been arrested in Tennessee on child sex charges, authorities said. Joshua Burton Henley, 32, a former Tennessee resident who currently lives in Newburg, Indiana, was charged on June 18 with aggravated...

Battery material company to add 290 jobs in Tennessee

Jun. 23, 2021 04:12 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A company that develops materials for lithium-ion batteries for electric cars and other uses is planning another $160 million investment expected to create 290 more jobs in Tennessee. The state Department of Economic and Community Development...

Tennessee State adding Academic eSports Center this fall

Jun. 23, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University is adding an Academic eSports Center that's expected to open on the school's main campus this fall. The university has launched classes in eSports, or competitive video game playing, and joined eSports organizations and...

Pistons win lottery, receive No. 1 pick in 2021 NBA draft

Jun. 22, 2021 22:03 PM EDT

Newly selected Basketball Hall of Famer Ben Wallace tapped his fist on the table a few times, then clapped his hands and pointed one finger skyward. After one of the worst seasons in franchise history, Detroit has something to celebrate. The Pistons...

Jill Biden touts vaccine in poorly inoculated Mississippi

Jun. 22, 2021 21:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden visited one of the states least vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday, encouraging residents of Mississippi to get their shots and telling them, "The White House, our administration — we care about you.” “I’m here...

Texas extends CWS stay, knocks out Volunteers with 8-4 win

Jun. 22, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Freshman nerves? Apparently there's no such thing to Texas relief pitcher Tanner Witt. With the Longhorns in an elimination game at the College World Series and Tennessee on the verge of a big inning in a one-run game, Witt got the call with two...

Grandmother: Boy injured on Branson coaster might lose legs

Jun. 22, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The grandmother of an 11-year-old Tennessee boy who was injured on a roller coaster in Missouri says doctors are concerned his legs might have to be amputated. Aalondo Perry, who is visually impaired, was injured Sunday when he fell while getting off...

Court restores Tennessee 1st time voter limit on mail voting

Jun. 22, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A panel of federal appellate judges on Tuesday reinstated a Tennessee law requiring first-time voters in the state to appear in person to vote, reasoning in part that the COVID-19 pandemic is "unlikely to pose a serious threat during the next election cycle." ...

Memphis businessman dies in small plane crash

Jun. 22, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

MERCER, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee businessman was killed when his single-engine plane crashed about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from an airport, officials said. The plane went down Monday in Mercer, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northeast of Memphis, official said. ...

First lady to visit Nashville, encourage vaccinations

Jun. 22, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden will travel to Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday as part of a national effort to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden will attend a pop-up vaccination site with signer-songwriter Brad Paisley at Ole Smoky...