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Cracker Barrel bars church event over LGBT execution remarks

Jun. 19, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cracker Barrel said it won't host an event by a Tennessee church whose pastor was a detective who preached that the government should execute gay people. The restaurant chain said Tuesday on Twitter that it's not affiliated with All Scripture Baptist Church or its pastor, ex-Knox...

Tennessee police: Drunken driver crashed into officer's car

Jun. 19, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee police say a drunken driver crashed into the cruisers of two officers performing a traffic stop. News outlets report that 44-year-old Anthony Daily struck a Knoxville police vehicle, pushing it into a second cruiser early Wednesday morning. Knoxville police say the...

Severed body found in car during Tennessee traffic stop

Jun. 17, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a severed body believed to be a pedestrian has been found in the car of a motorist at a traffic stop. News outlets report 29-year-old Dorrae Debrice Johnson of Knoxville was charged Sunday with vehicular homicide, evading arrest and driving with a revoked...

Prosecutor responds to detective supporting LGBT executions

Jun. 13, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee district attorney is reviewing all pending cases investigated by a detective who has said the government should execute gay people. Knox County District Attorney Charme (SHARM') Allen announced the action Wednesday in a statement after news outlets reported that...

Unlicensed day care owner indicted after twin toddlers drown

Jun. 11, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The operator of an unlicensed Tennessee day care has been indicted on two counts of criminally negligent homicide in connection with the drownings of a set of twins at her home. News outlets report the indictment of Jennifer Salley was handed down last week. Authorities say toddlers...

Backers aim to connect communities on Tennessee River trail

Jun. 9, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Tourism officials in northwest Alabama say they hope the Tennessee RiverLine project happens soon. The Tennessee RiverLine is a planned system of trails along the Tennessee River from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Paducah Kentucky, The TimesDaily reported. The proposed trail would provide...

Penicheiro, Riley Hunter headline Hall of Fame class

Jun. 9, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ruth Riley Hunter says her journey to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame began in front of her television set more than a quarter-century ago. Ticha Penicheiro's own dream started when she received a basketball from her parents when she was 6. Both entered the Hall of Fame on...

Parents sue day care owner over twins' drownings

Jun. 7, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The parents of twins who drowned in a Tennessee pool last year are suing a woman who they say was supposed to be watching the toddlers. News outlets report that Amelia Wieand and Enrique Orejuela filed a federal lawsuit last month alleging negligence against Jennifer Salley, who ran...

University of Tennessee eyes tuition increases at 3 campuses

Jun. 6, 2019 4:38 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee is considering tuition increases at its Knoxville, Martin and Chattanooga campuses. A news release Wednesday says the board will consider the increases of 2 to 2.5% at a June 21 meeting. The university says it began self-limiting tuition increases in...

Several Southern cities to host 'American Idol' auditions

Jun. 4, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Auditions for the upcoming 18th season of "American Idol" will include stops in several Southern cities. The show will hold auditions in Mobile, Alabama, on Aug. 20, the second of 20 stops between New York on July 23 and Detroit on Sept. 10. Stops in neighboring Southern states include...