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In Surprise, Longtime Senator Is Retiring

Republican Lamar Alexander of Tennessee won't run in 2020

(Newser) - Three terms is enough for Lamar Alexander. The 78-year-old Republican senator from Tennessee said Monday that he will run not for re-election in 2020. Both Politico and the Tennessean see it as a surprising move, though the latter points out that Alexander would be 86 at the end of another... More »

Earthquake Shakes People in 6 States

No reports of injuries following 4.4-magnitude quake

(Newser) - "I'm so glad Twitter exists so I could confirm that we just had an earthquake and it wasn't me just losing my mind here in suburban Atlanta," reads a sample Wednesday tweet , one of many that helped make #earthquake a trending topic. Residents of Tennessee and... More »

Woman: I Killed in Self-Defense. Court: 51 Years Behind Bars

Cyntoia Brown says she was forced into prostitution as teen, shot man to save her own life

(Newser) - Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and others have gone to bat for a woman fighting a life sentence for killing a man when she was a teen, after she says she was forced into prostitution by her pimp boyfriend. Now, per People , the Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that Cyntoia Brown, 30,... More »

Last Words Before Execution: 'Beats Being on Death Row'

Tennessee executes longest-serving condemned man

(Newser) - Tennessee executed its longest-serving death row inmate Thursday night—and after 36 years as a condemned man, David Earl Miller was apparently ready to die. The Tennessean reports that the 61-year-old's last words after he was strapped into the electric chair were initially inaudible. After the warden asked him... More »

Man Killed After Concrete Thrown From Bridge

Tennessee man was hit in the face

(Newser) - A 54-year-old man on his way to work early Tuesday was killed after a chunk of concrete went through his windshield—and police don't believe it was an accident. Investigators believe the concrete was thrown from the Shelby Avenue bridge in Nashville onto Interstate 24 below, the Tennessean reports.... More »

Amazon Makes Its Picks, and a Young Politician Isn't Pleased

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks NYC gave away too much to lure the company

(Newser) - The insiders were correct : Amazon announced Tuesday that its new second headquarters will be split between a site in Queens and another in Crystal City, northern Virginia. Each will have about 25,000 employees. Nashville, meanwhile, will get an "operations center of excellence" with about 5,000 workers, reports... More »

Fan Falls From Stands Through Awning at NFL Game

It happened during cheerleaders' T-shirt toss

(Newser) - A football fan was hospitalized Sunday after falling from the stands at Tennessee's Nissan Stadium during the NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and the New England Patriots. An NFL employee who witnessed the fall tells USA Today that as cheerleaders threw T-shirts into the crowd during the third... More »

Inmate Has 2 Last Words Before Electric Chair

Edmund Zagorski chose an unusual final meal

(Newser) - Double murderer Edmund Zagorski was executed by electric chair Thursday night after the US Supreme Court denied an appeal that argued forcing him to choose between electrocution and lethal injection was unconstitutional. Witnesses say the 63-year-old inmate's final words before the execution were "Let's rock," NBC... More »

Cops: Tennessee Mom, 4 Kids Died in Murder-Suicide

Children ranged in age from 8 to 16

(Newser) - A Tennessee official says a mother and four children have been found dead at a home in Columbia. Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper says the family died in an apparent murder-suicide, the AP reports. The dead children, who ranged in age from 8 to 16, and woman were found... More »

Cops: He Went After Son With Chainsaw, Lost His Own Leg

Douglas Ferguson, 76, was arrested after 3 months of medical care

(Newser) - A Tennessee man who finished three months of treatment following the amputation of his leg was arrested Tuesday in connection with the June 28 event that cost him his limb. The Kingsport Times-News reports police arrived at a home in Bristol three months ago and learned that Douglas Ferguson, 76,... More »

Real Knife, Real Horror at Nashville Haunted House

Victim stabbed by friend with blade mistaken for prop

(Newser) - Halloween is James Yochim's favorite time of year: "I get really excited about going to haunted houses." His Friday night at Nashville Nightmare in Madison—a sprawling attraction with four haunted houses, an escape room, and scary cast members running around with fake weapons—might dull the... More »

Inmate Makes His Choice Ahead of Execution

Edmund Zagorski requests electric chair, 'lesser of two evils,' over lethal injection

(Newser) - A Tennessee inmate set to be executed this week is asking the state to allow him to die by electric chair over lethal injection because it's the "lesser of two evils." Attorney Kelley Henry confirmed that Edmund Zagorski made the request roughly two hours before the Tennessee... More »

Taylor Swift Gets Political

'I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans'

(Newser) - Taylor Swift broke her long silence on her political beliefs Sunday—and it wasn't to agree with Kanye West about President Trump . In an Instagram post , the star spoke out in support of two Democratic candidates in Tennessee, CNN reports. "In the past I’ve been reluctant to... More »

An Intense Search in the Smokies, a Heartbreaking Find

Body of hiker Mitzie Sue Clements discovered a week after she vanished

(Newser) - It's a sad ending to a weeklong search for an Ohio woman who vanished while hiking on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the body of 53-year-old Mitzie Sue Clements was found Tuesday afternoon, less than a mile south of... More »

One of the 'Biggest Gun Thefts Ever' Is Tracked to Chicago

About 400 guns were taken from a UPS facility in Tennessee, per the ATF

(Newser) - Hundreds of guns that were stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee were recovered Tuesday in the Chicago area, federal authorities say. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says most of the roughly 400 guns taken from a UPS facility in Memphis were found in Midlothian,... More »

Before His Execution: 'I'm Really Sorry. That's It'

Billy Ray Irick first person executed in Tennessee since 2009

(Newser) - Billy Ray Irick was executed with a lethal injection Thursday night, some 33 years after he raped and murdered Paula Dyer, a 7-year-old girl he was supposed to be babysitting. The 59-year-old was the first person executed in Tennessee since 2009 and the seventh since 1961, the Tennessean reports. "... More »

Man Shot Dead Trying to Save Abused Puppy

His fiancee wants to adopt it

(Newser) - A 37-year-old Tennessee man was shot dead after challenging a man who was abusing a puppy, police say. Fiancee Sue Hoskins, who recently moved back to the state from Iowa with Robert Wilson, tells the Tennessean that he tried to stop a man who was holding a Yorkshire terrier puppy... More »

Primaries Set Up Tough Senate Battle in Tennessee

Political outsider wins GOP nomination for governor

(Newser) - Thursday's primaries have set the stage for months of hard-fought campaigning in Tennessee—and with control of the Senate potentially in the balance, guaranteed that President Trump will be making a few visits to the state. In a move that the Washington Post predicts will give the party its... More »

A Toddler Drowned in a Day Care Pool. Her Twin Just Died

Tragedy in Tennessee at unlicensed child-care facility

(Newser) - A Tennessee toddler drowned in a day care's swimming pool Friday, and now her twin brother has also succumbed to his injuries, per the Knoxville News Sentinel . The little boy, identified by People as Elijah Orejuela, died Sunday after two days on life support; his sister, Elyssa Orejuela, died... More »

Guy on Date Breaks Biggest Unwritten Rule Ever: Cops

Kelton Griffin, 21, is accused of stealing car for another date

(Newser) - From the annals of classy guys: A Tennesee man is accused of stealing a woman's car to use on a date with her godsister that same night, the Commercial Appeal reports. Kelton Griffin, 21, allegedly took out Faith Pugh last weekend in her black Volvo because he had no... More »

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