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US Has New Nuclear Reactor for 1st Time in 20 Years

It's the 100th commercial nuclear reactor in the US

(Newser) - The first commercial nuclear reactor of the 21st century—and the first in 20 years—was officially declared complete Wednesday in Tennessee, the AP reports. According to CNN , the Tennessee Valley Authority started work on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in 1973. The first reactor didn't open until 1996.... More »

The Ladies 'Geek Out' at CMT Artists of the Year

Shania Twain was named Artist of a Lifetime

(Newser) - Country singers Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Kelsea Ballerini honored each other and celebrated their shared successes at the CMT Artists of the Year show. Female singers rocked the stage, geeked out over one another, and showcased women's impact on country music's past, present, and future during the... More »

Soldier Chased by Wasps, Then Hit and Killed by Cars

Police believe man was mixing painkillers and alcohol

(Newser) - A soldier stationed at Fort Campbell in Tennessee died after wandering into traffic on a major highway early Monday, the Tennessean reports. Austin McGeough, 21, died after being hit by several cars on Highway 41-A in Pleasant View. Detectives working the case believe McGeough was under the influence of crushed... More »

Girl, 4, Allegedly Abducted by Family Friend Found Safe

Rebecca Lewis found, West Wild Hogs in custody

(Newser) - Authorities say a 4-year-old central Florida girl has been recovered in Tennessee and that the man who took her is in custody, the AP reports. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on its Twitter page Monday afternoon that Rebecca Lewis and 31-year-old West Wild Hogs were located in Memphis. Authorities... More »

Woman Shocked by Horny Burglars

She caught the suspects making sweet love on her couch

(Newser) - Chocolate, Barry White, oysters ... burglary? It appears breaking and entering is the hot new aphrodisiac after a Tennessee woman returned home after a weekend away to find a couple getting down on her couch. "It's like they just had a big old nasty party," Jamie Barnes tells... More »

How Two $1.69 Bottles of OJ Cost Dollar General $277K

Diabetic employee drank a juice, paid for it, told her bosses, was fired for 'grazing'

(Newser) - Two bottles of OJ that retailed for $1.69 at Dollar General will end up costing the chain more than a quarter of a million dollars. That after a diabetic former employee won a lawsuit connected to the juice. Linda Atkins was working at a Maryville, Tenn., location in the... 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 »

Oops: Forest Service Ripped Up Sacred 'Trail of Tears'

Employees didn't have permission for construction on Native American site

(Newser) - The US Forest Service has ripped up a portion of the Trail of Tears in the Appalachian Mountains, reopening wounds for Native Americans who consider sacred the land where thousands of their ancestors died during their forced migration westward. Manmade trenches and berms were discovered last summer, but details about... More »

AC Cord Blamed for Fire That Killed 9

Sole survivor is fighting for his life

(Newser) - A faulty power cord to an air-conditioning unit was the cause of a horrific blaze that left Memphis firefighters in tears Monday, officials say. Six children and three adults died in the blaze, which the Memphis fire department says was the city's worst since a gas explosion killed 11... More »

Firemen Weep at Scene of Fire That Killed 5 Kids, 4 Adults

Fire officials say it was worst blaze city has had in almost a century

(Newser) - What local fire officials are calling the worst fire in Memphis, Tenn., in almost 100 years swept through a one-story home Monday, killing nine people, including five kids, USA Today reports. Per the Commercial Appeal , the city's fire director, Gina Sweat, confirmed the deaths at a press conference and... More »

Cops: Guy Annihilated Neighbor's Home With Backhoe

There was apparently a bit of a feud between two Tennessee families

(Newser) - We've got a modern-day Hatfield and McCoy scenario in Tennessee that's resulted in one family's home succumbing to the wrath of a backhoe and a member of the other family charged with being the wrath behind said backhoe, Fox13 reports. The Tipton County Sheriff's Office says... More »

14 Injured When Thrown From Ride at Tennessee Fair

Victims were riding the spinning Moonraker at the Delta Fair

(Newser) - Police in Memphis say 14 people were injured when they were thrown from an amusement ride at Tennessee's Delta Fair, the AP reports. Shelby County Sheriff's office spokesperson Earle Farrell says 14 people were transported on Saturday afternoon to local hospitals from the fair. Farrell says they were... More »

He's 18, She's 71; They're 'Happy, in Love'

Tennessee newlyweds 'knew we were right for each other'

(Newser) - Gary Hardwick says he's always been attracted to older women. In fact, his new wife, Almeda Hardwick, 71—the same age as Gary's grandmother—isn't even the oldest woman he ever dated. Gary, 18, says he was unhappy in a relationship with a 77-year-old woman in June... More »

Girl Suffers Brain Injury in Tumble From Ferris Wheel

Accident happened in Greeneville, Tenn.

(Newser) - Reports are conflicting as to what caused a Ferris wheel car to overturn at eastern Tennessee's Greene County Fair on Monday night: ABC News reports police aren't sure why the basket flipped, dumping the three girls riding in it onto the ground. An accident report filed by Family... More »

Rival Bails Out Lawmaker Accused of Stealing His Signs

Tennessee's Curry Todd is charged with theft

(Newser) - Think the presidential campaign is wacky? A primary campaign in Tennessee might be even wackier than the presidential one. Republican State Rep. Curry Todd was arrested Monday, accused of stealing his opponent's campaign signs from a property in Collierville. A staffer for rival Mark Lovell caught the alleged theft... More »

America's 10 Most Violent States

Louisiana tops the list

(Newser) - Bad news, Louisiana. The state is the most violent in the country, according to a 24/7 Wall St. ranking, based on violent crimes, homicides, incarceration rates, the number of police officers per 100,000 residents, and estimated small-arms ownership. The top 10: More »

Bus Driver Admits to Raping Student, Walks Free

Alexander Rodriquez will be on supervised sex offender probation for 10 years

(Newser) - A 35-year-old former school bus driver won't serve time in jail after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old student in Hamilton County, Tenn. On Thursday, Judge Barry Steelman accepted Alexander Rodriquez's plea deal for aggravated statutory rape, which included a four-year suspended sentence, though he questioned why prosecutors... More »

Couple's Vacation Golf Cart Ride Turns Tragic

Man killed, wife charged in his death

(Newser) - Timothy and Lori Doyle of Illinois were visiting family in Gallatin, Tenn., when a night out at a golf community along a lake turned tragic Saturday. Timothy, 60, was standing up riding on the back of a golf cart while his wife, 55, drove them and another couple to the... More »

Body of Country Singer's Teen Son Found

Jerry Greer was involved in boating accident

(Newser) - A sad ending to the story of country singer Craig Morgan's son, who went missing after a boating accident Sunday and whose body has now been found, Tennessee authorities confirmed Monday night. Jerry Greer, 19, was tubing on the Tennessee River near Kentucky Lake with a friend when they... More »

Country Singer's Teen Son Missing After Boat Accident

Craig Morgan's son, Jerry Greer, was reportedly tubing with friends

(Newser) - The son of country singer Craig Morgan is missing after a boating accident Sunday in Tennessee, People reports. Jerry Greer, 19, was tubing on Kentucky Lake at the time. TMZ reports that a boat pulling an inner tube was in an accident of some kind. Sources say it was a... More »

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