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Cops: 'Hero' Usher Stopped Tenn. Church Shooting

He confronted gunman, held him at gunpoint

(Newser) - A 22-year-old usher who stopped a shooting rampage at a Nashville-area church on Sunday says he's not a hero—but police do not agree. "He's the hero. He's the person who stopped this madness," says Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson, per the Tennessean . The... More »

Cops: Porsche Driver Shot Homeless Man

Nashville man asked her to move her car

(Newser) - An aspiring country singer from Texas has been charged with the attempted murder of a homeless Tennessee man who asked her to move her Porsche. Police say 26-year-old Katie Quackenbush shot Gerald Melton, 54, after he complained about loud music and exhaust fumes from the Porsche SUV where she was... More »

Nashville Mayor Is Frank About Son's Death as She Returns to Work

Megan Barry says we need to focus on the opioid crisis

(Newser) - Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is back to work Monday, little more than a week after her 22-year-old son died of an apparent drug overdose . In an emotional press conference upon her return, Barry was open about Max's drug use and death, explaining that he had completed a rehab program... More »

Trump Slams 'Unprecedented Judicial Overreach'

He praises Andrew Jackson at Nashville rally

(Newser) - President Trump held a campaign-style rally in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday night, and a federal judge's blocking of his new travel ban hours earlier was one of his chief topics. The president slammed the Hawaii judge's decision as "unprecedented judicial overreach" and accused the court of acting for... More »

Police Officer Dies Trying to Rescue Suicidal Woman

Police say Officer Eric Mumaw 'died doing what he loves'

(Newser) - A Tennessee police officer twice awarded for his heroism died Thursday in Nashville after jumping into a frigid river to save a woman trying to kill herself, the Tennessean reports. Eric Mumaw, 44, and two other officers arrived at a boat ramp on the Cumberland River around 4:30am for... More »

10 Windiest Cities in US

Nashville, not Chicago, tops the list

(Newser) - Not a fan of blustery days? Steer clear of these places. Research firm CoreLogic has released a list of the windiest cities in the US based on wind-related events and maximum wind speed recorded in 279 metro areas in 2016 (including during Hurricane Matthew). The list: More »

Nashville Pot Smokers May Now Catch a Break From Cops

Decriminalization move, at police discretion, may cause clash with state government

(Newser) - Nashville's city council has decided that it's time to go a little easier on citizens who would rather smoke a joint than have a shot of Tennessee whiskey. The council voted 35-3 this week to give cops the option of decriminalizing marijuana by handing out $50 fines or... More »

10 Best US Cities for Music Fans

Madison, Wisconsin, scores surprisingly high

(Newser) - There's a reason Nashville is known as Music City. ValuePenguin ranks Nashville as the best US city for music fans based on 15 factors, broken down into three groups: The Band (number of musicians, recording studios, and record labels, per 1,000 people), The Crowd (number of radio stations,... More »

Erin Andrews: Nashville Hotel Should Pay Me Full $55M

Attorneys cite liability law to push hotel companies to pay stalker's share of judgment

(Newser) - A jury awarded $55 million to Fox Sports reporter and Dancing With the Stars co-host Erin Andrews earlier this month in her suit against the stalker who secretly recorded nude video of her at a Tennessee hotel. The stalker, Michael David Barrett, was found 51% responsible, while West End Hotel... More »

Cops: Teen Who Didn't Want to Wake Up Shoots Family

Grandma, sister, nephew all expected to survive their injuries

(Newser) - Police say a 16-year-old boy who apparently didn't want to wake up for school Tuesday morning shot three of his family members in an East Nashville, Tenn., home. "There was a quarrel about getting up and getting ready for the day when (at some point) the 16-year-old ran... More »

Cops: Tutor Arrested With 3 Kids in Trunk

Tenn. woman charged with reckless endangerment

(Newser) - The answer to "How do you fit nine kids in a car?" is not "six in the cab and three in the trunk," Tennessee cops more or less informed a Nashville-area tutor after arresting her at a gas station Sunday evening. Police say that after a call... More »

The Fittest US City Is...

Washington, DC; Memphis comes in last

(Newser) - The fittest city in the US also happens to be the capital. So says this year's American Fitness Index , the work of the American College of Sports Medicine. The report scores cities based on a range of factors, including chronic health problems like diabetes; healthy and not-so-healthy behaviors, like... More »

Jack White Cuts 'Fastest' Single

Cuts live version of 'Lazaretto' in 3 hours, 55 minutes

(Newser) - At 10am yesterday, Jack White took the stage in Nashville, thanking the crowd for joining him "for breakfast." Less than four hours later, White had in his hot little hands the so-called "World's Fastest Released Record"—a hot-off-the-presses recording of two live songs that he... More »

Pilot Whose Deadly Crash Airport Missed Was Drunk

Michael Callan had BAC of .081, just over Tennessee's .08 limit.

(Newser) - An autopsy report on the Canadian pilot who crashed undetected in Nashville —the one who inexplicably claimed Taylor Swift as his next of kin —has found Michael Callan was legally drunk when his plane went down after circling the airport on Oct. 29. Though two-thirds of his body... More »

Morton's Asks Cancer Patient to Remove Cap

Man needed it for the extra warmth; witnesses outraged

(Newser) - Multiple diners say they witnessed staff at a Nashville Morton's Steakhouse treating a cancer patient poorly, Fox 17 reports. The man was part of a large party that had come in for a company holiday gathering and spent more than $2,000; toward the end of the meal, he... More »

'Honky-Tonk Hero' Dead in Bar Shooting

Wayne Mills killed after argument about smoking

(Newser) - Wayne Mills called himself an "outlaw," a country singer who loved performing in honky-tonks. But he was shot in the head and killed in a Nashville honky-tonk around 5am Saturday, WZTV reports. Mills, who had been playing in country bars for decades with his Wayne Mills Band, was... More »

Nashville Crash Pilot's Next of Kin: Taylor Swift?

Canadian man who died listed the singer, who has never heard of him

(Newser) - Another strange twist in the Nashville plane crash that went unnoticed for hours last month: The Canadian pilot who died in the crash inexplicably claimed Taylor Swift as his next of kin. "The first we heard of this was when the appropriate authorities contacted Taylor's management about the... More »

Major Airport Fails to Notice Deadly Crash

Another plane eventually noticed Nashville wreckage

(Newser) - A small plane crashed and burned at Nashville International Airport early yesterday, killing the pilot—but the exact time of the crash is unknown because nobody at the airport noticed it, CNN reports. The airport's control tower is staffed around the clock, but the airport wasn't aware of... More »

Fencing Coach Foils Crime as Only a Fencing Coach Can

Tennessee man chases off robbers with sword

(Newser) - Two Nashville robbers had the misfortune to try to steal a purse in a shopping center parking lot just as Franco Scaramuzza pulled in. That's because Scaramuzza is a fencing coach who had just left practice and still had his equipment with him, reports WSMV . What results is explained... More »

Anti-Gay Christian Pretends to Be Gay for a Year

Timothy Kurek eventually wrote a pro-gay book about it

(Newser) - For Timothy Kurek, gays were nothing more than "fags" destined to burn in hell. A conservative Christian living in Nashville, Kurek was surprised when a friend came out to him as a lesbian. He was also moved—and decided to spend a year living under cover as a gay... More »

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