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Tenn. Judge: There's Nothing Wrong With Lethal Injection

Says inmates didn't prove one-drug method led to painful, lingering death

(Newser) - A Tennessee judge yesterday upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates. Davidson County Chancery Judge Claudia Bonnyman said from the bench that the plaintiffs, 33 death row inmates, didn't prove that the one-drug method led to a painful and lingering death. She also said the plaintiffs... More »

Armed Citizens Turn Up to Guard Recruiting Centers

After Chattanooga shootings, residents say they want to 'serve and protect'

(Newser) - Wisconsin and six other states moved to arm National Guard members on duty after last week's Chattanooga shootings; now armed citizens are heading out to add an extra layer of protection. Reports of these self-appointed sentinels—some of them from private militia—have filtered in from Ohio, Wisconsin, Georgia,... More »

7 States to Change Rules After Chattanooga

Wisconsin the latest state to say it will arm on-duty National Guard members

(Newser) - Wisconsin is joining six other states in arming on-duty National Guard members after last week's deadly Chattanooga shootings . "Allowing our National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty gives them the tools they need to serve and protect our citizens as well as themselves," Republican Gov.... More »

Anti-DUI Campaign About 'Marginally' Hot Girls Flops

It was a swing and a miss for Tennessee

(Newser) - How would you react if you spotted a coaster at a bar bearing these words: "Buy a drink for a marginally good-looking girl only to find out she's chatty, clingy, and your boss's daughter." If your response is "man, I shouldn't drink and drive"... More »

It's Now Legal to Save Pets From Hot Cars in Tennessee

Good Samaritan law now applies to animals

(Newser) - Animal rights advocates are cheering a new law that went into effect in Tennessee at the beginning of the month that could save the lives of furry friends. Under an extension of the Good Samaritan law that allows people to break into a hot car to free a child, citizens... More »

5K Tennesseans Evacuated in Dead of Night Due to Train

Toxic fumes wafted out after derailment

(Newser) - Thousands of Tennessee residents were roused from sleep overnight on the outskirts of Knoxville when a freight train car derailed and burst into flames, sending toxic fumes into the air, NBC News reports. Seven cops were treated for inhaling those fumes, per a spokeswoman for the Blount County Sheriff's... More »

After SCOTUS Ruling, Shop Posts 'No Gays Allowed'

'I don't want them around me,' says hardware store owner Jeff Amyx

(Newser) - While many celebrated Friday's SCOTUS decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states, one Tennessee store owner wasn't flying any rainbow banners. Instead, Jeff Amyx—a "self-described 'blunt' man," per the New York Daily News —put a different sign up Monday at Amyx... More »

Bride Loses Memory, Hubby Throws Wedding 'Round 2'

Will wed on one-year anniversary with help from kind strangers

(Newser) - Justice Stamper won't soon forget the day her high school sweetheart got down on one knee in front of the entire congregation at their church in their hometown of Marion, Va., where they first met at age 10. "He taped the ring underneath a bottle cap to hide... More »

Attorney Won't Stop Probing This Man's 1940 Murder

'We should do everything we can do to see who killed' Elbert Williams

(Newser) - An old black-and-white photo on Jim Emison's desk haunts him and goads him to right a long-buried wrong. In the photo, a man named Elbert Williams peers into the camera, along with other charter members of the NAACP's Brownsville branch, an audacious group of men and women who... More »

5 US Flight Routes to Take If You Hate Yourself

Flights originating or landing at Chicago's O'Hare are delayed the most

(Newser) - Chicago and Knoxville, Tenn., are both great cities, but flying between the two of them often appears to be an aggravating experience, if data compiled by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics holds any weight. In a special project requested by the Wall Street Journal , the BTS tracked more than 1,... More »

Country Singer Loses Gunfight With Bounty Hunter

Randy Howard was an outlaw until the end

(Newser) - A demise straight out of a country song for "All-American Redneck" singer Randy Howard: The 65-year-old was killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter at his Tennessee home this week, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press . A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman tells the AP that the agency... More »

Ex-Congressional Candidate Plotted to 'Destroy' Muslims

But Robert Doggart only pleaded guilty to minor charge

(Newser) - A former Congressional candidate in Tennessee has pleaded guilty after allegedly planning to assault a Muslim community known as "Islamaberg," court documents say. Robert Doggart, 63—who got just 6% of the vote as an Independent in 2014—was nabbed April 10 and hit with an array of... More »

School District Served Kids Meat From 2009

Gravy was used to disguise elderly pork roast

(Newser) - If the Hawkins County school system in Tennessee had kept its meat in the freezer much longer, the meat might have been older than some of the students it was served to. The county says it's changing its procedures after students at many schools were served pork roast that... More »

Nelly Busted as Cops Find Meth, Pot, Guns on Tour Bus

Pot, meth, drug paraphernalia found on rapper's tour bus: cops

(Newser) - A state trooper in Tennessee made a routine traffic stop on a bus yesterday morning that landed Nelly in some pretty serious trouble. As TMZ reports, the bus was the rapper's tour bus and the trooper smelled pot soon after pulling it over for not having a DOT sticker.... More »

Girls' Basketball Teams Fined for 'Mockery' of a Game

Tennessee teams ejected from postseason for playing to lose

(Newser) - Two Tennessee high school girls' basketball teams have been chucked out of the playoffs after a farcical game that the referee says both teams tried to lose. According to the referee's report from the Saturday game between Riverdale and Smyrna, players "missed 12-16 free throws intentionally," "... More »

Good Samaritan, Young Son Die in Highway Crash

They stopped to help when SUV hit black ice

(Newser) - Friends and family members are heartbroken by the death of Kristi Clark and her 10-year-old son, Carter Oakley—but they say she was acting completely in character when she rushed to help passengers in an SUV that rolled over in front of her vehicle. In what police describe as a... More »

City Bans Negative Comments on Social Media

Tennessee plan is backfiring, of course

(Newser) - City employees in South Pittsburg, Tenn., may not like the city's latest policy, but don't expect to see them carping about it on Facebook. The policy forbids them from saying anything negative about the city on any type of social media, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press . And... More »

One Twin Dies in Bus Crash, While Brother Survives

Cause of Knoxville collision that killed 3 remains unclear

(Newser) - Details are filtering out from yesterday's collision between two school buses in Knoxville, Tenn., that killed two kids and one adult . Among the more wrenching is that one of the children killed, 6-year Zykia Burns, had a twin brother on the same bus who wondered why his sister didn'... More »

2 Kids, Adult Killed When Buses Collide in Knoxville

Knoxville accident 'is unspeakable tragedy,' official says

(Newser) - Two buses bringing children home from school collided on a Tennessee highway this afternoon, killing two students and an adult and injuring another 23 people. Police did not immediately say what caused the crash, which sent one of the buses onto its side. The children killed were in third grade... More »

100-Year-Old Woman Sees Ocean for First Time

Tennessee's Ruby Holt watched dolphins, ate seafood along Alabama shore

(Newser) - It was during a water-gun fight at her senior living facility over the summer that Ruby Holt told bystanders she had always wanted to see the ocean, which she had never visited in her century on this planet. With the encouragement of employees at the Tennessee facility where she resides,... More »

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