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Tenn. Sheriff After Fatal Shooting: 'I Love This S---'

Lawsuit alleges excessive force in June shooting in Tennessee

(Newser) - The fatal shooting of an unarmed Tennessee man is now the focus of a federal lawsuit based on footage in which a sheriff suggests he ordered the killing to avoid damage to police cars. In the aftermath of the April 13, 2017, shooting of Michael Dial—determined to be justified—... More »

Teen Suspended Over Viral Anti-Bullying Video

Emily Gipson recorded video following fellow student's apparent suicide

(Newser) - "We're expected to forgive the bullies because the authorities are sure they didn't mean it," Emily Gipson says in a YouTube video posted Jan. 22. "Sometimes I wonder how many kids it takes dying to make a difference." The 16-year-old sophomore at Tennessee's... More »

Dedicated Students Change Teacher's Snow Day Plans

Memphis English teacher Candous Brown led a Facebook Live class after students asked for help

(Newser) - To teach or not to teach—that is the question. And Candous Brown chose "to teach" on Wednesday morning, even though her school in Memphis, Tenn., was closed for a snow day. WREG notes that the English instructor at Raleigh-Egypt High School was still in her "kitty-kat pajamas"... More »

Confederate Statues Taken Down After Memphis Sells Parks

Davis, Forrest statues came down soon after sale

(Newser) - Two Confederate statues came down in Memphis on a dramatic night that had been months in the planning. Statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest were removed from two parks Wednesday night after the city sold the parks to a nonprofit called Memphis Greenspace Inc.... More »

How 101 Feet Added 10 Years to My Husband's Sentence

Had Terrance Davis been 101 feet further from the school, he wouldn't have had that tacked on

(Newser) - Joi Davis' husband was arrested for selling cocaine from their Nashville apartment in 2003, and she sees part of his punishment as entirely unjust. That's because had he sold it 101 feet away from where he did—"in an apartment down the hall, for example"—his 22-years-without-parole... More »

Bullied Boy Gets Amazing Show of Support

His anti-bullying video went viral, reached celebrities

(Newser) - "They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly," Tennessee middle schooler Keaton Jones says in a heartbreaking anti-bullying video originally uploaded to Facebook Friday. "I have no friends." But after the video was shared more than 430,000 times and viewed more than 20... More »

Man Discussing Church Shootings Accidentally Shoots Wife in Church

The bullet that entered her abdomen first struck his hand

(Newser) - During a discussion of church shootings, a man announced that he took his gun everywhere, pulled it out in a room full of people, then accidentally shot himself and his wife—at church. The unidentified Tennessee man, described as in his 80s, was at a luncheon at First United Methodist... More »

Amid Counterprotest, 2nd 'White Lives Matter' Rally Canceled

League of the South holds 2 events in Tenn., cancels the latter

(Newser) - White nationalists descended on Shelbyville, Tenn., on Saturday in a rally they called "White Lives Matter," but after meeting a heavy presence of police and counterprotesters, organizers canceled a second protest planned later in the day in Murfreesboro. A rep for the League of the South, which planned... More »

Twitter Bars Candidate's Ad Over 'Baby Body Parts' Line

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee is running to replace Bob Corker in the Senate

(Newser) - Conservative congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is running for the Senate, and her entry into the Tennessee race has gotten more attention than anticipated thanks to a decision by Twitter. The company blocked a video ad in which Blackburn declares, "I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby... More »

During Traffic Stop, Tennessee Cops Find This

'Every clip was loaded. Every gun was loaded'

(Newser) - A Tennessee man is in custody after he was found to have several fully and semi-automatic weapons and more than 900 rounds of ammunition during a traffic stop, say federal police. Scott Edmisten, 43, was spotted driving 55mph in a 30mph zone and sped up to 80mph for about a... More »

Wife of Vegas Victim: 'He Saved My Life and Lost His'

'I'm in complete disbelief and despair,' says Heather Gulish Melton of husband Sonny

(Newser) - One of the first victims to be identified from the Las Vegas mass shooting is a male nurse from Tennessee who had gone to the country music festival with his wife. What's more, his wife credits him with saving her life. "At this point, I'm in complete... More »

Note in Tenn. Church Suspect's Car Referenced Revenge

The note could offer a glimpse into Emanuel Kidega Samson's mindset

(Newser) - A note found in the car of a man charged with spraying deadly gunfire at a Tennessee church made reference to revenge for white supremacist Dylann Roof's massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, two years earlier, law enforcement officials told the AP . The note could offer... More »

Sen. Bob Corker Is Retiring

Is Peyton Manning a possible replacement?

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Corker announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of his term in 2018 after 12 years in the US Senate, CNN reports. The Tennessee Republican and head of the Senate foreign relations committee says he made the decision "after much thought, consideration, and family discussion over... More »

Gunshots, Then a Minister's Command to 'Run!'

Emanuel Kidega Samson is charged with murder after church shooting in Tennessee

(Newser) - The minister shouted "Run, run, gunshots!" and congregants hid under pews or in bathrooms as a masked man armed with two guns opened fire at a Tennessee church, killing one person and wounding six before being subdued. Burnette Chapel Church of Christ member Minerva Rosa tells the AP... More »

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 »

1 Dead, 6 Injured in Shooting at Tenn. Church

A 26-year-old suspect is in custody

(Newser) - Officials say a woman is dead following a shooting Sunday morning at a church in Tennessee that also left six churchgoers wounded, ABC News reports. Police say a 26-year-old suspect has been apprehended. According to the Tennessean , the shooting started around 11:15am at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ... More »

Machete-Wielding Man Takes 9 Hostage at Bank

It doesn't appear to be an attempted robbery

(Newser) - A machete-wielding man was arrested Friday in Tennessee after taking nine people hostage inside a bank, ABC News reports. According to WZTV , the situation started around 2:45pm at the Community First Bank & Trust in Columbia. Police say it's unclear why the suspect took hostages at the bank,... More »

Man Who Murdered Holly Bobo Learns His Fate

Zach Adams sentenced to life in prison for murder, kidnapping, rape

(Newser) - The man who kidnapped, raped, and killed a 20-year-old nursing student in Tennessee has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, WTVF reports. Holly Bobo disappeared in 2011 after going into the woods outside her parents house with an unidentified man; her body wasn't found... More »

Decapitated Man in Tennessee Really Something Else Entirely

Realistic decoration has passers-by calling 911

(Newser) - Police in Greene County, Tenn., have asked the public to stop calling 911 about a Halloween decoration that may be a tad too early—and too realistic. The sheriff's department has notified the public that what looks like a body crushed by a garage door is a puppet stuffed... 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 »

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