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Murder Charges for Parents Whose Son Died in Hot Car

Authorities say 2-year-old left in car overnight

(Newser) - A couple in Tennessee is facing life in prison—or even the death penalty—after authorities say they left their 2-year-old son alone in a car overnight and he died, WATE reports. Jade Phillips called 911 around 2pm July 14. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel , authorities say her son... More »

Judge's Offer: Get a Vasectomy, See Jail Time Reduced

It's happening in White County, Tennessee

(Newser) - The ACLU calls it "unconstitutional." The judge calls it a way to give inmates a "chance." It's a novel program made available since May 15 to those incarcerated in White County, Tenn., that shaves 30 days off inmates' jail time if they submit to a... More »

Homeowner Held Escaped Fugitives at Gunpoint

He held Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose at bay until cops arrived

(Newser) - Georgia's two escaped inmates were captured Thursday with help from a gun-toting Tennessee homeowner. But first, Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose broke into an elderly couple's home, tied up the occupants, held guns to their heads, threatened to kill them, and ate their beef stew, Bedford County Sheriff... More »

Man Arrested for 'Doing God's Work' at Music Festival

David Brady was allegedly selling fake drugs to concertgoers at Bonnaroo

(Newser) - Police say a 45-year-old man arrested Wednesday believed he was "doing God's work" by selling fake drugs to concertgoers at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, WVLT reports. David Brady of New York was arrested Wednesday after police spotted him sitting under a tent at the... More »

Teen Fatally Shoots Girlfriend; No Charges Are Expected

Brennan Fields was playing with the gun, a gift from his girlfriend's father

(Newser) - A 19-year-old woman in Tennessee is dead after she was accidentally shot by her boyfriend with a gun her father gave him as a graduation gift, the Commercial Appeal reports. Brennan Fields, 18, had taken apart the pistol and put it back together Thursday night; he didn't realize there... More »

America's 10 Least Boozy Cities

Expect a dry weekend in Utah

(Newser) - Don't expect to find many rowdy parties in Provo-Orem, Utah. Despite its 10 bars, the area is the least boozy in the country, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which ranked US cities based on excessive drinking rates in a 30-day period. The 10 least boozy cities, which fall in... More »

Driver Pulled Over by Cop Finds Out About Surprise Passenger

A man who'd apparently passed out on his trunk and gone for 14-mile ride

(Newser) - Perhaps Carl Webb was expecting to hear that he had a broken taillight, or that he'd been speeding. Instead, the police officer who pulled him over on a Memphis interstate Thursday had this to say, per FOX13 : "I'm not messing with you. There's a body on... More »

Cops: 7 Bounty Hunters Made Fatal Mistake Outside Walmart

All 7 charged with murder after allegedly shooting at wrong car, killing unarmed man

(Newser) - Seven bounty hunters who descended on the wrong car outside a Walmart have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the killing of an unarmed man and the wounding of another, Tennessee cops announced Wednesday. The charges come after a chaotic scene in Clarksville on April 23, where police said... More »

Falling Goal Post Kills Girl in Storm

At least 14 dead in storms in South, Midwest

(Newser) - At least 14 people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest by a storm that also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas on Sunday. Tornadoes hit several small towns in East Texas, killing four people. Five people were killed by flooding and winds... More »

Married Mom Accused of Raping Teen at School

School janitor Jessica Galyon allegedly harassed boy while students, faculty teased

(Newser) - The family of a 16-year-old Tennessee boy has filed a $4.5 million lawsuit against Roane County Schools and contractor Compass One Services of Tennessee for negligence after they say a female janitor at the teen's former high school raped him during school hours, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.... More »

Court Filing: Teen Was Abused by Mom Before Kidnapping

This would have made it easier for Tad Cummins to prey on her, experts say

(Newser) - Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins' alleged crimes look even more repugnant in the light of newly surfaced court documents. According to divorce papers filed Monday by the father of kidnapped 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas, the girl was physically abused by her mother for months before her parents separated in November 2015.... More »

Lawyer in Rape Case: Women Are Weaker Sex, Good Liars

Steve Farese is taking some heat for his comments

(Newser) - Shock and outrage after—in the closing arguments of rich Tennesee man's rape trial—a defense attorney claimed women are especially adept liars. "Women can be especially good at it because they're the weaker sex," the Commercial Appeal quotes Steve Farese as saying Thursday. He apparently... More »

Teen Believed Abducted by Teacher Found Safe

Teacher Tad Cummins arrested in Northern California: Tenn. Bureau of Investigation

(Newser) - First they found the car—then they found the fugitive teacher and his student. A spokeswoman for the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office tells the Tennessean that the Nissan Rogue being driven by Tad Cummins , the ex-high school teacher from Tennessee who's been on the lam for more than... More »

Family of Alleged Kidnapper Tad Cummins Speaks Out

'Daddy ... come home'

(Newser) - The daughters of Tad Cummins—the former Tennessee teacher suspected of kidnapping a 15-year-old student last month—say they've forgiven their father "no matter what he did." "Daddy, no matter what you've done we just want you to come home," Erica Osborne, 29, says... More »

DA: Teacher Who Kidnapped Student Is Low on Medication

Pharmacies asked to watch for Tad Cummins

(Newser) - It has been a month since Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins disappeared with 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas—long enough for the 50-year-old to need a refill of the medication he takes to control his blood pressure. Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper has asked pharmacists to watch out for customers who... More »

Teen Saves Sister's Life in Horrific Tennessee Fire

Parents, 3 siblings died in blaze

(Newser) - A young teenager saved her little sister's life in an overnight house fire that killed their parents and three siblings, a Tennessee sheriff said Friday. The fire was reported before midnight Thursday in Buchanan, along the Kentucky state line about 100 miles northwest of Nashville. At a news conference,... More »

Chance Rest Stop Meeting Led to Family's Brutal Murder

'Knoxville News Sentinel' revisits the Lillelid murders 20 years later

(Newser) - They "said they were going to go start the Armageddon." What followed wasn't the end times, but the brutal end of one family in a crime that remains one of the worst in East Tennessee memory. In a lengthy piece, the Knoxville News Sentinel revisits the Lillelid... More »

State May Dig Up Body of US President—for 3rd Time

James K. Polk's final resting place has proven to be anything but

(Newser) - If James K. Polk doesn't already hold the record for most burials of a former US president, there's little doubt he soon will. The Tennessee Senate voted 20-6 Monday to allow the remains of the 11th president to be exhumed and reburied—for the third time, the AP... More »

Teacher Suspected in Teen's Kidnapping Spotted at Walmart

Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas were caught on surveillance video

(Newser) - A 50-year-old teacher was caught on security cameras at a Walmart in Oklahoma two days after he allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in Tennessee, the Oklahoman reports. Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas are seen in the video—taken March 15 but not confirmed or released until Friday—using cash to... More »

Tenn. Deputy Celebrating His Birthday Is Shot Dead by Police

Daniel Hendrix became 'enraged' during birthday celebrations

(Newser) - An off-duty Tennessee sheriff's deputy celebrating his birthday with two other officers was shot dead by officers from a different force after the night took a disturbing turn, police say. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Daniel Hendrix, a corrections officer for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, became... More »

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