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  • Tennessee man charged in pursuit that led to police shooting - WBIR-TVTennessee man charged in pursuit that led to police shooting - WBIR-TV

    WBIR-TVTennessee man charged in pursuit that led to police shootingWBIR-TVAuthorities say a Tennessee man has been charged with aggravated assault after being treated for injuries in a shooting involving police officers. Author: WBIR. Published: 9:32 PM EST December 17, 2017. RELATED TOPICS: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation ...and more »

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  • Jimmy Time! Garoppolo leads 49ers to third straight winJimmy Time! Garoppolo leads 49ers to third straight win

    Jimmy Garoppolo led one final scoring drive in the closing seconds to cap a fantastic first home start, Robbie Gould kicked a game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired, and the San Francisco 49ers topped the Tennessee Titans 25-23

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  • Volunteer football coach receives new car as thank-you for his serviceVolunteer football coach receives new car as thank-you for his service

    The Tennessee High School and community came together to get a new car complete with insurance for a year and gas money for their beloved Coach Squeaky, an unpaid volunteer football coach.

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  • No. 7 Tennessee beats Long Beach State 90-61 to reach 11-0No. 7 Tennessee beats Long Beach State 90-61 to reach 11-0

    Anastasia Hayes and Meme Jackson each scored 15 points and No. 7 Tennessee beat Long Beach State 90-61 on Sunday to extend its season-opening winning streak to 11

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  • Week 15 Live Updates: San Francisco 49ers vs. Tennessee Titans - 49ers.comWeek 15 Live Updates: San Francisco 49ers vs. Tennessee Titans - 49ers.com

    49ers.comWeek 15 Live Updates: San Francisco 49ers vs. Tennessee Titans49ers.comTennessee lost sight of Celek and the tight end got loose for a 41-yard catch-and-run. Hyde followed with a 6-yard reception. Garoppolo came through with a 14-yard dart to Goodwin on the next third down. Tennessee sacked Mariota three plays later to ...Who Will Win Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers? AI PredictsInverseRefocused: San Francisco 49ers 25, Tennessee Titans 23Pro Football FocusTennessee Titans Vs. San Francisco 49ers Live Stream: How To Watch NFL Week 15 For FreeDeciderSFGateall 87 news articles »

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  • East Tennessee State hires Randy Sanders as football coach - FOXSports.comEast Tennessee State hires Randy Sanders as football coach - FOXSports.com

    FOXSports.comEast Tennessee State hires Randy Sanders as football coachFOXSports.comJOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) East Tennessee State hired Florida State assistant Randy Sanders as football coach Sunday. Sanders replaces Carl Torbush, who announced his retirement Dec. 8. Torbush had been ETSU's coach since 2015, when the school relaunched ...and more »

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  • Even in defeat to North Carolina, Tennessee announced itself - ESPN (blog)Even in defeat to North Carolina, Tennessee announced itself - ESPN (blog)

    ESPN (blog)Even in defeat to North Carolina, Tennessee announced itselfESPN (blog)KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It didn't matter to Rick Barnes that his Tennessee basketball team was an afterthought nationally to start the season. And, for that matter, the Volunteers were an afterthought in the SEC after being picked 13th among 14 teams in ...3 things about Tennessee's last-minute fade in 78-73 loss to North CarolinaSECcountry.comVols basketball crumbles down stretch in loss to North CarolinaKnoxville News SentinelHow UNC developed, and maintained, the toughness that carried Tar Heels to victory at TennesseeCharlotte Observerwreg.com -Scoutall 62 news articles »

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  • No. 7 Tennessee beats Long Beach State 90-61 to reach 11-0 - Washington PostNo. 7 Tennessee beats Long Beach State 90-61 to reach 11-0 - Washington Post

    SECcountry.comNo. 7 Tennessee beats Long Beach State 90-61 to reach 11-0Washington PostLONG BEACH, Calif. — Anastasia Hayes and Meme Jackson each scored 15 points and No. 7 Tennessee beat Long Beach State 90-61 on Sunday to extend its season-opening winning streak to 11. Evina Westbrook and Mercedes Russell added 14 points apiece to ...Tennessee Lady Vols score big on 3-pointers in win over Long Beach StateKnoxville News SentinelTennessee women's basketball vs. Long Beach State: Time, TV channel, how to watch online (December 17, 2017)SECcountry.comall 13 news articles »

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  • No. 7 Tar Heels rally to beat No. 20 Vols 78-73No. 7 Tar Heels rally to beat No. 20 Vols 78-73

    No. 7 North Carolina rallies in final minute to beat No. 20 Tennessee 78-73

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  • Tennessee Tech hangs on for 82-76 win over Chattanooga (Dec 17, 2017) - FOXSports.comTennessee Tech hangs on for 82-76 win over Chattanooga (Dec 17, 2017) - FOXSports.com

    Tennessee Tech hangs on for 82-76 win over Chattanooga (Dec 17, 2017)FOXSports.comCOOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Aleksa Jugovic scored 21 points and Tennessee Tech held off Chattanooga for an 82-76 win Sunday. Micaiah Henry added 14 points with 6-for-8 shooting, Kajon Mack had 13 points and Curtis Phillips Jr. had 12 for Tennessee Tech (8-4 ...and more »

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  • Tennessee Tech hangs on for 82-76 win over Chattanooga - Washington PostTennessee Tech hangs on for 82-76 win over Chattanooga - Washington Post

    Charlotte ObserverTennessee Tech hangs on for 82-76 win over ChattanoogaWashington PostCOOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Aleksa Jugovic scored 21 points and Tennessee Tech held off Chattanooga for an 82-76 win Sunday. Micaiah Henry added 14 points with 6-for-8 shooting, Kajon Mack had 13 points and Curtis Phillips Jr. had 12 for Tennessee Tech (8-4 ...Mocs Drop 82-76 Decision at Tennessee TechGoMocs.comall 3 news articles »

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  • Knoxville man charged with murder after stabbing fatherKnoxville man charged with murder after stabbing father

    KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville man was charged with first-degree murder after Knox County Sheriff’s deputies found his father suffering from multiple stab wounds. The initial investigation states that patrol officers responded to a call of a stabbing at the 7700 block of Rosie Lane just after 2 a.m. When deputies arrived, they saw a 65-year-old man, later identified Daniel Hillard, inside the residence suffering from multiple stab wounds. AMR ambulance and first responders arrived and pronounced him dead. The victim’s son, John Hillard, was later detained by patrol and interviewed by major crimes. Hillard has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Center on a $1,000,000 bond. He has a criminal history in Knox County that includes possession of drug paraphernalia.

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  • After shootings, concerned congregations learn to protectAfter shootings, concerned congregations learn to protect

    East Tennessee church leaders are filling sanctuaries, learning to protect their flocks from armed intruders after shootings targeting Tennessee and Texas congregations. "We have got to get rid of the thought that it's never going to happen in my church," Blair told 1,100 people at a Nov. 27 "active shooter" seminar for houses of worship he led at East Maryville Baptist Church.

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  • Source: Former LSU GM Austin Thomas Will Not Be Returning to Tennessee - Sports IllustratedSource: Former LSU GM Austin Thomas Will Not Be Returning to Tennessee - Sports Illustrated

    Knoxville News SentinelSource: Former LSU GM Austin Thomas Will Not Be Returning to TennesseeSports IllustratedAustin Thomas won't be going home after all. The former LSU general manager who had been integral in the Tigers' recruiting process, had resigned earlier this week to return to Tennessee, but a source told SI on Sunday morning that he won't be taking a ...Vols' attempt to bring former LSU recruiter Austin Thomas to Tennessee stalls, per reportKnoxville News SentinelFormer LSU general manager Austin Thomas will not join Tennessee's staff: reportNOLA.comGoVols247: Tennessee's hire of Austin Thomas falls throughWBIR-TVSECcountry.com -The Advocate -Gridiron Nowall 18 news articles »

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  • For witnesses, calling out sexual harassment is complicatedFor witnesses, calling out sexual harassment is complicated

    Witness's dilemma: A Tennessee forklift operator's life was upended when he called out his supervisor for harassing women

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  • Former Gophers quarterback Demry Croft transfers to Tennessee ... - Minneapolis Star TribuneFormer Gophers quarterback Demry Croft transfers to Tennessee ... - Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Minneapolis Star TribuneFormer Gophers quarterback Demry Croft transfers to Tennessee ...Minneapolis Star TribuneCroft on Sunday morning announced on Twitter that “Tennessee State is my new home.'' Croft took his official visit to the Nashville school this weekend with his parents. The Rockford, Ill., native will have two years of eligibility remaining at ...Minnesota QB Demry Croft transferring to Tennessee State footballThe Tennesseanall 4 news articles »

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  • Deadly officer-involved shooting near Chattanooga SundayDeadly officer-involved shooting near Chattanooga Sunday

    BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports a man was shot and killed early Sunday in a confrontation with law enforcement in Charleston, north-east of Chattanooga. TBI findings indicate the incident began when officers from the Charleston Police Department and deputies from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Leyland Drive where a man had reportedly assaulted another man with a weapon then left the scene. Deputies were able to locate the suspect at a nearby church where they confronted him. The individual reportedly had weapons in both hands and ignored law enforcement commands, which resulted in officers attempting unsuccessfully to use a stun gun to subdue the subject. The situation further escalated and resulted in the deputy firing his service weapon at the individual, who subsequently died. The identity of the deceased man was not immediately released. TBI Special Agents will gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence as part of this ongoing investigation. TBI findings go to the District Attorney General for his review and consideration. as to whether the law enforcement officers’ actions were justified.

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  • Calista Flockhart rocks Prada bag on LA dog-walkCalista Flockhart rocks Prada bag on LA dog-walk

    Animal lover, 22, is mauled to death by her OWN pit bulls after taking them out for a walk: Father finds the dogs guarding his daughter's remains two days after she went missing in woods Ex-wife of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright - whose bullet-ridden body was found in a Tennessee suburb seven years ago - is arrested and charged with first-degree murder in California Florida coach, 27, who ran off with girl, 17, and drove her 1,000 miles to upstate New York is charged with child sex crimes Oklahoma teacher, 34, is fired after 'filing for a marriage license with her 16-year-old student with his father's approval' Billionaire pharmaceutical magnate 'killed his wife, hung her body from railings next to their indoor pool then committed suicide in the basement of their $5.4million home before a realtor found their remains' Christopher Plummer admits it was 'tough' to re-shoot All The Money ... (more)

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  • Health coverage for 106000 Tennessee children, pregnent mothers in limbo - Johnson City PressHealth coverage for 106000 Tennessee children, pregnent mothers in limbo - Johnson City Press

    Health coverage for 106000 Tennessee children, pregnent mothers in limboJohnson City PressBased on figures compiled by the data analysis agency MACPAC, just over 78,731 Tennessee children and 9,513 unborn babies were enrolled in CoverKids in 2015. Another 17,971 children received coverage through the TennCare Standard Medicaid expansion ...and more »

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  • Rinne, Predators shut out Flames 2-0Rinne, Predators shut out Flames 2-0

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Pekka Rinne stopped 32 shots for his third shutout of the season as the Nashville Predators blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Saturday. Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala scored for Na

    Big News Network.com / 21 h. 1 min. ago
  • Horford, Rozier spark late run to lead Celtics past GrizzliesHorford, Rozier spark late run to lead Celtics past Grizzlies

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A great first quarter and a solid burst to start the fourth kept the Boston Celtics from back-to-back embarrassments, coming away with a 102-93 victory over the struggling, but still

    Big News Network.com / 21 h. 5 min. ago
  • MTSU outguns Arkansas State for Camellia Bowl winMTSU outguns Arkansas State for Camellia Bowl win

    Middle Tennessee quarterback Brent Stockstill overcame three interceptions to throw for 232 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night as the Blue Raiders outlasted Arkansas State 35-30 to win the highes

    Big News Network.com / 21 h. 38 min. ago
  • Irving, Tatum carry Celtics past GrizzliesIrving, Tatum carry Celtics past Grizzlies

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A great first quarter and a solid burst to start the fourth kept the Boston Celtics from back-to-back embarrassments, coming away with a 102-93 victory over the struggling, but still

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  • Holman leads Mississippi State blowoutHolman leads Mississippi State blowout

    Mississippi State's Aric Holman had his second consecutive double-double, and the Bulldogs blew out Tennessee Martin 92-61 Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss. Holman had 21 points and

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  • Hunter Harrison, CEO of railroad company CSX, dead at 73 - Sat, 16 Dec 2017 PSTHunter Harrison, CEO of railroad company CSX, dead at 73 - Sat, 16 Dec 2017 PST

    CSX confirmed Harrison's death in a statement, saying it was caused by "unexpectedly severe complications" from a recent illness. His death in Wellington, Florida, comes only a couple days after the company announced he was taking an unplanned medical leave of absence.

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  • No. 10 Xavier rallies from 22-point deficit, beats ETSUNo. 10 Xavier rallies from 22-point deficit, beats ETSU

    CINCINNATI -- No. 10 Xavier trailed East Tennessee State by 22 points with 14:25 remaining in the game on Saturday. The Musketeers were minus two bench players and with 10 minutes left, guard J.P. Ma

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  • Down by 22, No. 10 Xavier rallies for 68-66 win over ETSUDown by 22, No. 10 Xavier rallies for 68-66 win over ETSU

    Trevon Bluiett hits clutch jumper in final seconds as No. 10 Xavier stages big rally for 68-66 victory over East Tennessee State

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  • No. 10 Xavier overcomes 22-point deficit to beat ETSUNo. 10 Xavier overcomes 22-point deficit to beat ETSU

    CINCINNATI -- Trevon Bluiett hit a go-ahead jumper with seven seconds left to help No. 10 Xavier rally from a 22-point, second-half deficit to defeat East Tennessee State 68-66 on Saturday afternoon a

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  • Greene County Receives Governor's ThreeStar AwardGreene County Receives Governor's ThreeStar Award

    Officials on hand for Greene County's reception of the Governor's ThreeStar Award were, from left: Broxie Calrton, deputy assistant commissioner for Community and Rural Development; Iliff McMahan, northeast Tennessee regional director for Economic and Community Development; Jody Sliger, community development director; Todd Smith, Greeneville city administrator; Bob Rolfe, Tennessee commissioner of Economic and Community Development; Dana Wilds, Greene County Partnership business dDevelopment specialist; Gov. Bill Haslam; Joni Parker, Greene County Partnership general manager; David Crum, Greene County mayor; Don Hurst, northeast Tennessee region business development consultant; Amy New, assistant Ccommissioner for Rural Development .

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  • Louisvilles strong finish puts away MemphisLouisvilles strong finish puts away Memphis

    Senior guard Quentin Snider scored 19 points and sophomore forward V.J. King added 17 as Louisville posted an 81-72 victory over Memphis on Saturday in the Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden in N

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  • Opportunity knocks for No. 20 Tennessee vs. No. 7 North CarolinaOpportunity knocks for No. 20 Tennessee vs. No. 7 North Carolina

    Tennessee has a chance to further emerge on the national stage when the No. 20 Volunteers play host to No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon. But for Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, there's more emph

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  • NBA player’s ex-wife charged in connection with his murderNBA player’s ex-wife charged in connection with his murder

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WKRN) – Local 24 in Memphis has confirmed that Sherra Wright, ex-wife of murdered basketball star Lorenzen Wright, has been arrested in Riverside, California, in connection with the former Grizzlies player’s death. The man charged with Wright’s murder pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday. 46-year-old Billy Turner is charged with first degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of Wright. Turner’s arrest last week came more than seven years after the discovery of Wright’s body in southeast Memphis. The former wife of Lorenzen Wright has been named in a three-count indictment for allegedly conspiring with a Collierville man to kill the former Memphis basketball star in 2010, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Saturday. Sherra Wright, 46, and previously indicted Billy R. Turner, also 46, were indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Wright, who lives in Murrieta, Calif., was arrested Friday night by federal marshals on a fugitive warrant and is in custody in the Riverside County (Calif.) Jail pending extradition proceedings. Turner, who was indicted Dec. 5 on first-degree murder charges, remains in the Shelby County Jail on $1 million bond on the new superseding indictment returned Tuesday. The announcement was made at a news conference this morning in the office of Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings. Lorenzen Wright was last seen alive on July 18, 2010, when he left the Collierville home of Sherra Wright. Early the following morning Germantown Police received a 911 call from his cell phone, but the call was interrupted by gunfire. Wright’s body was discovered July 28, 2010, in a field by Callis Cutoff Road near Hacks Cross and Winchester. He had been shot multiple times. According to the indictment, Wright was killed sometime between July 17 and July 20 that year. He was 34. On Nov. 9 this year, authorities announced that they hadlocated the murder weapon in a lake near Walnut, Miss. The indictment returned Tuesday alleges that Sherra Wright and Turner: (Count 1) between July 17, 2010, and July 20, 2010, unlawfully, intentionally and with premeditation killed Lorenzen Wright; (Count 2) between April 1, 2010, and July 30, 2010, unlawfully and intentionally agreed, conspired and acted to kill Lorenzen Wright with premeditation, and that Sherra Wright and Turner, in furtherance of the conspiracy, travelled to the area of Callis Cut and Hacks Cross Road to kill Lorenzen Wright; (Count 3) between April 1, 2010, and July 17, 2010, attempted to unlawfully, intentionally and with premeditation kill Lorenzen Wright, acquired firearms to commit the act, recruited an unindicted co-conspirator to help them and, on the part of Turner, travelled to Lorenzen Wright’s home outside of Atlanta to commit the offense. While the offense was committed in part in other jurisdictions, it began in Shelby County, Tenn. The case is being handled by Chief Prosecutor Paul Hagerman of the DA’s Multi-Agency Gang Prosecution Unit (MGU), and Asst. Dist. Atty. Colin Campbell, also of the MGU that prosecutes homicide cases and other violent crimes associated with gang activity, specific targeted gang members or special cases assigned by the District Attorney General.  

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  • Two men arrested in connection with Gallatin robbery/assaultTwo men arrested in connection with Gallatin robbery/assault

    GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Gallatin police have taken two men in to custody in connection with the November 7th robbery outside of a liquor store. Curtis Fields and Jordan Davis were arrested Friday night, according to police. November 7, police say Fields got a ride from the victim to Liquor World. After arriving at the location, Fields allegedly pointed a hand gun to the back of the victim’s head. Police say the victim was asked to step out of the vehicle, and was struck in the forehead twice with the hand gun. Fields then fled the scene in a black Honda driven by Jordan Davis, police say. Curtis Fields also had an active warrant for aggravated robbery. Both are charged with robbery. Fields faces an additional charge of assault.  

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  • Smyrna's TRC Celebrated 40th Anniversary FridaySmyrna's TRC Celebrated 40th Anniversary Friday

    On Friday Smyrna's Tennessee Rehabilitation Center celebrated 40-years of helping others. Participating in the festivities were Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Human Services Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes, local elected officials and many others.

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  • Tennessee man accused of exposing women he met online to HIVTennessee man accused of exposing women he met online to HIV

    JACKSON, Tenn. (WBBJ) – A registered sex offender is accused of exposing at least three women to HIV and not telling them. Court documents allege that 30-year-old Reginald Sanders met at least two of the women through an online dating website and went by the name Anthony Stewart. Sanders was accused of having sexual relations with the women and failing to mention that he is HIV positive. According to court documents Sanders faces three counts of criminal exposure to HIV. He was being held on $50,000 bond.

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  • Mourinho says Henrikh Mkhitaryan is free to leave the club in JanuaryMourinho says Henrikh Mkhitaryan is free to leave the club in January

    PanARMENIAN.Net - Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he won't stand in the way of Marouane Fellaini or Henrikh Mkhitaryan if they want to leave the club in January, Metro reports. Fellaini, 30

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  • Photo credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg via Getty Images.Photo credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

    For the last five weeks, most of the political world has been focused on the wild race for the Alabama Senate seat that l Jeff Sessions vacated earlier this year to become attorney general. But other key races didn't stop while Democratic senator-elect Doug Jones was beating scandal-ridden Republican Roy Moore.

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  • Tennessee Senators vote a yesa to new GOP tax billTennessee Senators vote a yesa to new GOP tax bill

    As some protestors waved signs urging him to vote "no", Tennessee U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander told a suburban Nashville Rotary Club that Congress and President Trump are set to deliver Christmas presents to Tennesseans by reducing taxes and some healthcare premiums. Democrats see the revamped Republican tax overhaul bill differently, but the version worked out between House and Senate negotiators now appears headed for approval with Tennessee Senator Bob Corker the latest "yes" vote announced Friday afternoon.

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  • Knox County opioid deaths climb to 266 to finish out the yearKnox County opioid deaths climb to 266 to finish out the year

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Tennessee will be ending 2017 with a significant increase in the number of suspected drug overdose deaths. The Knox County District Attorney’s office has tallied up 266 suspected overdose deaths so far in 2017, that’s up compared to last year with 224 deaths. Just this month alone, there have been 11 overdose deaths reported. District Attorney Charme Allen said through the overdose task force formed earlier this year, investigators and her team have spent more time with the families impacted by these deaths. “It’s not just the addict affected. It’s their friends and family,” said Allen. “It’s heartbreaking. No one wants to lose a loved one.”. Sabina Cason lost her son to an overdose last year. She said it is a difficult time of year for her family, but they want others to know you are not alone. She said help from the support of family and the community helps bring strength during difficult times. “It means a lot. The hurt goes away and the memories stay,” said Cason To help families like the Cason’s, the District Attorney’s office has set up an overdose memorial Christmas tree outside their office. They invite family members of those loved ones who have passed to place an ornament on the tree in their memory. Allen said more families are impacted by this epidemic than ever before. For the first time this year, Fentynal, a very powerful drug, is identified as the number one drug in many of these overdose cases. “It’s being cut into heroine, used to press pills. People think they are getting a pill, a xanax and they are not,” said Allen. Allen wants drug dealers to know they are prosecuting these cases on a new level since forming the overdose task force. Since Early March they have charged eleven people with second degree murder in connection to overdose deaths. “We are trying to hit drug dealers hard,” said Allen. “When you sell that drug to somebody and they die, even down the line, we’re coming after you for a homicide.” A bold message as they continue to fight against the drug epidemic while helping those families cope with the pain of losing a loved one. “We’ve seen the heartbreak and the pain for those who are losing their loved ones, so we are trying to balance that, hit drug dealers but also be compassionate and help those who have lost loved ones remember them at Christmas.,” said Allen. The task force has teamed up with Knoxville Police Department to offer a support group for families affected by the opioid epidemic. The meetings are held monthly at the police department safety building.

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  • The Latest: GOP tax bill eliminates commuter incentivesThe Latest: GOP tax bill eliminates commuter incentives

    Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week. The final bill agreed to by Republican negotiators and released late Friday eliminates the tax incentive for private employers that subsidize their employees' transit, parking and bicycle commuting expenses.

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  • Tennessee Senators vote ‘yes’ to new GOP tax billTennessee Senators vote ‘yes’ to new GOP tax bill

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As some protestors waved signs urging him to vote “no”, Tennessee U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander told a suburban Nashville Rotary Club that Congress and President Trump are set to deliver Christmas presents to Tennesseans by reducing taxes and some healthcare premiums. Democrats see the revamped Republican tax overhaul bill differently, but the version worked out between House and Senate negotiators now appears headed for approval with Tennessee Senator Bob Corker the latest “yes” vote announced Friday afternoon. The protestors outside the Rotary Club signs urged the two Tennessee Senators to vote “no” for a variety of reasons, but neither would be swayed about the tax overhaul bill, which remained a moving target Friday with late changes to go along with its centerpiece of dropping corporate rates dramatically “Maybe the most important part of the bill is the (part) to make American businesses competitive with the rest of the world,” Alexander told reporters before the speech. “And we are convinced this will get the economy growing and leave more money in the pockets of middle income Americans.” Alexander was asked about getting his fellow Tennessee senator to go along with the tax overhaul before Corker said “yes” Friday afternoon. “I had dinner with him two nights ago. He makes his own decisions. I care about the deficit too. I have just decided that the need for economic growth slightly outweighs the concern for the deficit,” added Alexander. The senator is confident his own bipartisan Alexander-Murray health care bill to restore government cost-sharing payments to help lower income Americans will also be approved separately from the tax overhaul. “Senator McConnell has pledged to put Alexander-Murray on the spending bill that will also pass next week,” said Alexander. “The President has said he will support it.”

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  • Sen. Bob Corker announces support for tax billSen. Bob Corker announces support for tax bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Sen. Bob Corker says he will vote for the sweeping GOP tax package. The Tennessee senator, who opposed the original Senate bill, said in a statement Friday that although the bill is far from perfect, the once-in-a-generation opportunity “to make U.S. businesses domestically more productive and internationally more competitive is one we should not miss.” Corker had complained about adding to the nation’s $20 trillion debt with deep tax cuts. In his statement, Corker said, “I realize this is a bet on our country’s enterprising spirit, and that is a bet I am willing to make.” Corker is retiring when his term ends next year.

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  • Police: Memphis mother arrested after boy, 6, found weighing 13 poundsPolice: Memphis mother arrested after boy, 6, found weighing 13 pounds

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Memphis mother is jailed for child abuse after her six-year-old son was reportedly admitted to the hospital weighing 13 pounds. Andrea Caldwell is charged with aggravated child abuse/neglect. According to WATN, the Department of Children’s Services had been looking for the child since May. The television station reported the child was found by a DCS worker last week at a hotel and reportedly had bruises all over his body, matted hair and bed sores. Police said the boy has severe developmental delays and the DCS worker reported his feeding tube was clogged and didn’t appear to work. He was transported to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, where it was determined his weight was 13 pounds. DCS reported to investigators he weighed 40 pounds when he was last seen in March. Caldwell remains in jail on $175,000 bond. She is due in court Thursday.

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  • Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker announces support for tax bill, boost for GOPTennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker announces support for tax bill, boost for GOP

    Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker announces support for tax bill, boost for GOP

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  • Police fatally shoot man who refuses to drop weaponPolice fatally shoot man who refuses to drop weapon

    Officials say police in Tennessee fatally shot a man who pointed a weapon at officers as they tried to arrest him on several outstanding warrants

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  • Man killed in officer-involved shooting at McMinnville homeMan killed in officer-involved shooting at McMinnville home

    McMINNVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 34-year-old man was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting at a McMinnville home early Friday morning. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it’s investigating the overnight shooting that took place at Chestnut Ridge Road home. According to a release, authorities were called to the home in an attempt to arrest Clifford Keller on several outstanding warrants. The TBI said Keller was out of jail on a furlough and recently failed to report back to jail when ordered. During an early morning exchange with Keller, the situation escalated when the 34-year-old reportedly threatened a police patrol dog that located him in a camper. Authorities said Keller fired a shot from inside the camper and later brandished a weapon in the direction of officers. In spite of verbal orders to drop the weapon when approaching officers, the TBI reported Keller did not comply. At least one officer fired his service weapon, striking Keller, who died at the scene. No officers were injured. The TBI is continuing its investigation. Additional information was not released.

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  • Mackler Out of Senate Race, Yields to BredesenMackler Out of Senate Race, Yields to Bredesen

    James Mackler, the Nashville attorney and Iraq War vet who, months ago, declared as a Democratic candidate for the Tennessee U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Bob Corker, has faced the reality that last week's declaration of candidacy by former Governor Phil Bredesen had closed off his available routes to financial support. Accordingly, Macler issued a press release on Thursday announcing his withdrawal from the Senate race.

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  • Former candidate James Mackler endorses Phil Bredesen for U.S. SenateFormer candidate James Mackler endorses Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Democrat James Mackler, who dropped from Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race on Wednesday, has endorsed his his former competitor Phil Bredesen. When he dropped from the race, Mackler said today’s political climate is a time for unity. He echoed those words Friday in a statement sent to News 2. I joined the Army after 9/11 because I felt like I had to do more and I entered this U.S. Senate race eight months ago because I felt called to public service. Public service is under attack when extremists like Marsha Blackburn vote to end AmeriCorps. Washington is broken. No one is working for Tennesseans and we need people who are going to work for common sense solutions. This is the time for unity and there is no time to waste which is why I am happy to be endorsing Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate. Bredesen, former Tennessee governor and Nashville mayor, said he’s honored for the support. “I’m honored to receive James Mackler’s support and I admire his deep commitment to service to our nation. I look forward to watching the success of James’ ‘Believe in Service’ initiative and working with him in the future,” he wrote. After dropping from the race, Mackler launched a political action committee called “Believe in Service” that will support federal candidates “who protect and expand valuable national service programs like AmeriCorps.”

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  • US Attorney: Memphis Arrests Fulfill Trump PrioritiesUS Attorney: Memphis Arrests Fulfill Trump Priorities

    Indictments were handed down Wednesday for 20 undocumented workers arrested late last month, a move that advances the priorities of the Trump Adminstration, a local leader said. The workers were assigned to Expeditors International by Provide Staffing, a local employment agency.

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  • Former UT football official pleads guilty to official misconductFormer UT football official pleads guilty to official misconduct

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A former University of Tennessee football official who was fired earlier this year for “gross misconduct” pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of official misconduct. The Knox County District Attorney’s Office says former director of football operations Chris Spognardi received a one-year suspended sentence. He had been accused of faking receipts to account for his expenditure of cash advances. Spognardi was placed on leave in August 2016 and was fired the following February. His responsibilities at UT included day-to-day operations of off-field football matters, such as travel. His salary was $80,800. He had previously worked with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones at Central Michigan and Cincinnati.

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  • Bad Santa: Tennessee Shakespeare turns Godot into a Holiday HellscapeBad Santa: Tennessee Shakespeare turns Godot into a Holiday Hellscape

    Paul Kiernan and Dave Demke as Estragon and Vladimir in the Tennessee Shakespeare Company's production of Waiting for Godot at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. "That's what we've got to do - wait on God and let this process play out.

    Tennessee News / 2 d. 19 h. 23 min. ago
  • Verdict returned in death of teen Obama praised for courageVerdict returned in death of teen Obama praised for courage

    One guilty of first-degree murder, 2 guilty of facilitating murder in 2015 shooting death of Tennessee teen who shielded friends from gunfire

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  • 3 found guilty in murder of Knoxville football player Zaevion Dobson3 found guilty in murder of Knoxville football player Zaevion Dobson

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – After eight days of the Zaevion Dobson murder trial, a verdict was reached Thursday in his murder. Christopher Bassett was found guilty of first-degree murder, while Richard Williams and Kipling Colbert Jr. were found guilty of facilitation of first-degree murder. The bonds of Colbert and Williams were also revoked. Dobson, 15, was shot and killed by a single bullet in Lonsdale on Dec. 17, 2015, nearly two years ago. Investigators said he was shielding friends from gunfire when he died. PREVIOUS: Police: Tennessee football player killed shielding girls from gunfire During the trial, the jury heard from family and friends of Dobson, law enforcement officials and a variety of other experts. The state argued that a territorial gang rivalry was the reason for Dobson’s murder. The state says 34 shots were fired at Zaevion and his five friends that night. The state argued all three defendants are members of a gang, saying investigators found gang graffiti on signs at the scene of a shooting earlier that night and all three defendants were in a rap video together. Since the 15-year-old died protecting his friends, he was honored after his death by both President Barack Obama and the ESPYs awards. Click here to read more about Zaevion Dobson.

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  • Rep. Black’s allegations spur a look at Tennessee’s Capitol Hill historyRep. Black’s allegations spur a look at Tennessee’s Capitol Hill history

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Governor’s candidate Diane Black says she was called offensive names and fended off a colleague while serving in the Tennessee General Assembly. The words from Black, a current Middle Tennessee U.S. representative, come in an article about Congress cleaning up its act concerning sexual harassment, but what about the place she once served in Tennessee? In the Wednesday article for the website Townhall, Rep. Black wrote of fending off one male colleague in an elevator in her early years as a Tennessee State Representative in 1998. Another male member called her “Nurse Goodbody.” She also told of being in Tennessee Senate leadership in 2009 and helping force one of her male  Republican colleagues to resign after learning of his affair with an intern. Black is also hoping to the Republican nomination for governor in Tennessee, so is Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell who also served with Black in the house. “I can comment on how it’s been handled since I have been Speaker of the House,” she told News 2 Wednesday. “We have reformed our worker’s harassment policy. We made it updated. It was 19 years old.” Harwell spearheaded efforts that removed House member Jeremy Durham last year after media reports led to a state attorney general’s investigation alleging some form of sexual harassment with 22 Capitol Hill women. Earlier this year, brand new lawmaker Mark Lovell resigned after allegations he groped a female at a legislative event. “All that was done and was public,’ added the Speaker. “So the final report that was issued on the member was transparent and we do protect the names of those who are the victims.” On Monday, Tennessee House staffers underwent mandatory sexual harassment training. Clearly, the issue of sexual harassment in the government workplaces, will be an issue as we head in the 2018 election year. RELATED: U.S. Interior Dept. says 1 in 3 employees report being harassed

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  • Attorney exits Senate race, clearing side for ex-governorAttorney exits Senate race, clearing side for ex-governor

    Democrat James Mackler says he's dropping out of the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee to replace Sen. Bob Corker, a move that appears to clear the path to the Democratic nomination for former Gov. Phil Bredesen

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  • Tennessee Consumer Affairs offers Consumers Tips to Protect Tech Gifts from Scammers, ThievesTennessee Consumer Affairs offers Consumers Tips to Protect Tech Gifts from Scammers, Thieves

    Technology-themed gifts are popular among holiday shoppers but, unfortunately, technology and modern conveniences can give scammers and thieves new windows into ruining the holidays. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance's Division of Consumer Affairs reminds consumers that caution should be taken to keep tech devices from falling into the hands of a con artist.

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  • SmartFinancial's latest deal involves expansion in middle TennesseeSmartFinancial's latest deal involves expansion in middle Tennessee

    The $1.6 billion-asset SmartFinancial said in a press release Tuesday that it will pay $31.8 million in stock for the parent of the $244 million-asset Southern Community Bank. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter.

    Tennessee News / 4 d. 1 h. 54 min. ago
  • Winners and losers from the Alabama special electionWinners and losers from the Alabama special election

    Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12 said he was "overwhelmed" after defeating Republican Roy Moore in Alabama's U.S. Senate special election. After what seems like years, the Alabama special election is over.

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