Speaker scandal revives scrutiny of Tennessee lawmakers

U.S. 05/18/19, 10:33

As calls for the Tennessee House speaker's resignation intensify amid a scandal involving racist and sexually explicit texts, the GOP-dominant statehouse once again finds itself grappling with a culture that some say is harmful to women and people of color. The ...

Former Tennessee top aide to stay on payroll until July

U.S. 05/17/19, 13:03

A former top aide for Tennessee's embattled House speaker who resigned after admitting to once using cocaine in a legislative office and sending lewd text messages about women will continue to be paid by state taxpayers until July.House Speaker Glen ...

Update: Wish for man facing execution: Meal for homeless

U.S. 05/16/19, 16:05

The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Tennessee man who suffocated his wife (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The Nashville church where a Tennessee death row inmate is an ordained elder is honoring the man's last wish by planning a community ...

Man faces execution for killing wife decades ago in Memphis

U.S. 05/16/19, 00:26

A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis is set for execution Thursday evening in Tennessee.Sixty-eight-year-old inmate Don Johnson is scheduled to receive a lethal injection for his conviction in the ...

Pressure from religious leaders mounts in death row case

U.S. 05/13/19, 13:54

Pressure from religious leaders for Tennessee's governor to grant mercy to a death row inmate mounted Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal that could have delayed his upcoming execution.Don Johnson's petition for clemency has centered ...

Guard Evina Westbrook leaves Tennessee for UConn women

Basketball 05/11/19, 16:01

Former Tennessee guard Evina Westbrook has joined the UConn women's basketball team.UConn said Saturday the 6-footer will have two years of eligibility left.Westbrook led the Lady Vols with 14.9 points and 5.3 assists a game last season while shooting 42%. ...

Winning and losing legislation in Tennessee in 2019

Sports 05/06/19, 14:16

Over the last four months, Tennessee lawmakers pushed through bills that would create a two-county expanded education voucher program, seek federal permission to overhaul TennCare through block grant funding and allow online sports betting in the state.The Republican-supermajority General Assembly ...

New Tennessee law punishes voter signup missteps; suit filed

U.S. 05/02/19, 21:27

Tennessee's governor signed GOP-backed legislation Thursday that would likely make his state the first to fine voter registration groups for turning in too many incomplete signup forms, prompting a federal lawsuit and protests by critics who said it would suppress ...

Officials: Parents of suspect among 7 killed in Tennessee

U.S. 04/29/19, 14:19

The seven people killed in two homes in rural Tennessee included the parents of the suspect and other relatives, authorities said Monday.Law enforcement officials arrested 25-year-old Michael Cummins on Saturday about a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from one of the ...

Tenn. police investigating whether suspect knew 7 victims

U.S. 04/28/19, 15:33

Police on Sunday raised the death toll at two homes in rural Tennessee to seven and said they are investigating whether a suspect captured after an hourslong manhunt knew the victims. Michael Cummins, 25, was taken into custody Saturday night after ...

Update: Tenn. police increase death toll at 2 homes to 6

U.S. 04/28/19, 13:35

The Latest on the deaths of multiple victims at two homes in rural Tennessee (all times local):1:30 p.m.Authorities say the death toll at two homes in rural Tennessee has now reached six.This undated booking photo provided by the Tennessee Bureau ...

5 bodies found in Tennessee, suspect captured after manhunt

U.S. 04/27/19, 23:38

An officer in rural Tennessee shot the suspect in the investigation into the discovery of five bodies in two homes, capping an hours-long manhunt Saturday that ended with his capture. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said Michael Cummins, 25, ...

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