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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 »

Newspaper Carrier Shot Dead as She Drove to Get Papers

4 others injured when suspect fired shots at a Days Inn, cars in East Tennessee

(Newser) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says one person has died and four others, including a police officer, were injured when a suspect fired shots at a Days Inn and at several vehicles traveling along Volunteer Parkway in East Tennessee. The person killed was a newspaper carrier who was driving to... More »

Cops: Thief Found in Bed With Stolen Lingerie Mannequin

Interesting

(Newser) - A clerk at the Hustler Hollywood store in Nashville told police that a drunk guy entered the store after midnight Monday, grabbed a lingerie mannequin, took it into the parking lot, and, after a brief argument with the clerk, tossed it into the back of his truck and drove off.... More »

Family Doesn't Understand Why Mom Killed 4 Kids

7-year-old managed to escape

(Newser) - The horrific murder of four young children in suburban Memphis on Friday is a complete mystery to those who knew Shanynthia Gardner. The 29-year-old is accused of killing 4-year-old Tallen Gardner, 3-year-old Sya Gardner, 2-year-old Sahvi Gardner, and 6-month-old Yahzi Gardner with a butcher knife, the AP reports. A fifth... More »

Family Sues TSA After Teen Cancer Patient Assaulted

'One of them slammed her down … there was blood everywhere'

(Newser) - A Tennessee family is suing after they say TSA agents and airport police assaulted their disabled teenage daughter, WREG reports. Hannah Cohen and her mom Shirley were traveling home to Chattanooga after Hannah's final treatment for a brain tumor in June 2015. According to the Guardian , Hannah had made... More »

Pat Summitt, Legendary Basketball Coach, Dies at 64

Tennessee's Summitt had more Division I wins than any coach in NCAA history

(Newser) - Pat Summitt, whose work ethic (and famous intense stare ) was born on her family's farm and propelled her to rack up more wins than any other basketball coach (men's or women's) in NCAA Division I history, died Tuesday at age 64, the AP reports. "It... More »

Hungry Teen Asks for Doughnuts, Gets $270K

Chauncy Jones and his mom were living with 'nothing'

(Newser) - Matt White was grocery shopping in Memphis, Tenn., when 16-year-old Chauncy Jones asked if he could carry White's groceries to the 30-year-old's car in exchange for a pack of doughnuts. Little did Chauncy know that he was about to change his life. He told White that he had... More »

She Was Getting Alarm to Keep Him Out. He Was Already In

Tony Joe Gunter faces charges after he was shot in the foot

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman had a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend and had changed her locks twice. She says neither kept Tony Joe Gunter away and so she opted to have a security system installed. Authorities say the woman left her home in Goodlettsville briefly on Tuesday to visit a neighbor... More »

Congressional Candidate Erects Super-Racist Campaign Billboard

Rick Tyler says he's inspired by Donald Trump

(Newser) - A Polk County, Tenn., restaurant owner running for a congressional seat is outraging neighbors and the internet with an exceptionally racist campaign billboard, WTVC reports. “I am so enraged I can barely express myself without copious amounts of profanity," Amy Hines Woody captioned her photo of the billboard... More »

Lawmaker Is Giving Out Free Assault Rifles

Says death threats won't disrupt his plan

(Newser) - Giving away semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in US history might sound ill-advised, but that's exactly what a Tennessee state rep plans to do. Andy Holt announced last week that he'd give away an AR-15 —a weapon used in mass shootings such... More »

Lawmaker Burns Traffic Camera Ticket in Viral Video

Urges constituents to do the same

(Newser) - Not a fan of traffic cameras? You have at least one lawmaker passionately on your side, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Tennessee state Rep. Andy Holt recently got a "photo enforcement citation" after being caught on one of the cameras, and in a video that's gotten more than... More »

Family: 'Miracle' Saved 5-Year-Old From Heart Attack

His dad gave him CPR for 16 minutes

(Newser) - Stone Buckner lost oxygen at birth so that he was "laying lifeless," says his father, David Buckner. "I saw God work that out." He's now witnessed a second "miracle." Now 5, Stone collapsed and stopped breathing on Friday, reports WATE . "I laid... More »

Tennessee Moves Forward With Lawsuit to Refuse Refugees

'Don't let potential terrorists come to Tennessee'

(Newser) - Tennessee is poised to be the first state to sue the federal government to prevent the settlement of refugees, the Tennessean reports. On Friday, Gov. Bill Haslam refused to sign—but also refused to veto—a resolution passed resoundingly by the Tennessee legislature earlier this year. That lack of action... More »

Carlie Trent Is Back Home

Aunt says uncle seemed normal on day of kidnapping

(Newser) - Tennessee girl Carlie Trent is home with loved ones and the uncle accused of kidnapping her is behind bars. The 9-year-old, who was rescued by men searching a remote area on Thursday, spent a night in a hospital before being reunited with family members including her little sister, Katie, on... More »

Carlie Trent's Rescuer: God 'Gave Us a Clue'

She was found near barn searchers skipped a day earlier

(Newser) - Stuart Franklin says it was little more than luck that led him to discover 9-year-old Carlie Trent and the uncle who allegedly kidnapped her on private property on Tennessee's Clinch Mountain Thursday. "There's a lot of abandoned cabins in the area and it's a lot of... More »

Good Samaritans Rescue Carlie Trent, Hold Uncle at Gunpoint

Authorities say she was abducted by her uncle last week

(Newser) - Authorities say a 9-year-old girl abducted by her uncle last week in Tennessee was found Thursday, WATE reports. According to the AP , authorities are crediting two Good Samaritans for rescuing Carlie Trent and apprehending her uncle, Gary Simpson. Donnie Lawson and Roger Carpenter heard law enforcement believed Simpson and Carlie... More »

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