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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 »

Cops: Here's What Uncle Bought Before Kidnapping 9-Year-Old

'If he's capable of kidnapping a child he's capable of anything'

(Newser) - Authorities are combing through more than 1,200 leads in a desperate search for a 9-year-old girl they say was abducted by her uncle May 4, WATE reports. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel , 57-year-old Gary Simpson picked Carlie Trent up from her Tennessee school, telling staff her father had... More »

Tenn. Law Allows Therapists to Reject Gay Patients

This 'codifies discrimination,' counseling association warns

(Newser) - Mental health therapists and counselors in Tennessee can now turn away gay patients or others whose "goals, outcomes, or behaviors" conflict with their "sincerely held beliefs." Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed Bill 1556 into law on Wednesday, saying it doesn't "address a group, issue, or... More »

Guy Staged His Own Death to Stop Marine Ex's Alleged Murder Plot

Brad Sutherland says she wanted him dead

(Newser) - Talk about a murder plot: In February, cops told Brad Sutherland that his Marine ex-girlfriend wanted him dead, but her boyfriend—himself a Marine Corps sniper with an infamous past—had warned authorities of the plan. The ex-girlfriend, Laura Buckingham, allegedly tried hiring a hit man who was really a... More »

Parents Fume After Kids Age 6 and Up Are Arrested

Police say the children failed to intervene in a fight off-campus

(Newser) - Parents in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are outraged after students as young as 6 years old were arrested, handcuffed, and briefly detained at a juvenile detention center Friday. Parents said at least five students ranging in age from 6 to 11 were arrested at Hobgood Elementary School because they allegedly failed to... More »

Tennessee Gov Vetoes Bill That 'Trivializes the Bible'

Quest to make it official state book fails

(Newser) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed a bill seeking to make Tennessee the first state to designate the Bible as its official book, the AP reports. Haslam, who considered entering a seminary before deciding to join the family truck-stop business after college, said in his veto message that the... More »

Guy Tries to Rob Cop in Unmarked Police Car

Whoops

(Newser) - Call it a case of very rotten luck. A man in Tennessee has been arrested after authorities say he tried to rob a Knoxville police officer who was sitting in an unmarked police car, the AP reports. Citing a police report, the Knoxville News-Sentinel says the officer was sitting in... More »

Tennessee Lawmakers: We Want Bible as State Book

It's up to Gov. Haslam whether bill is 'unconstitutional,' 'sacrilegious,' or neither

(Newser) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has a bill coming his way that has the Bible nominated as the official state book, a move critics say would be both "unconstitutional and sacrilegious," per Nashville Public Radio . The state Senate approved the holy tome 19-8 Monday night, which could make Tennessee... More »

Woman Faces Charges for Making Her Kids Walk to School

It was punishment for missing the school bus

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman is facing child neglect charges after deputies found her driving ahead of her daughters while making them walk to school, the AP reports. Marion County Sheriff Ronnie Burnett tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press the mother, Lisa Marie Palmer, told deputies her daughters were being punished for... More »

Erin Andrews: Nashville Hotel Should Pay Me Full $55M

Attorneys cite liability law to push hotel companies to pay stalker's share of judgment

(Newser) - A jury awarded $55 million to Fox Sports reporter and Dancing With the Stars co-host Erin Andrews earlier this month in her suit against the stalker who secretly recorded nude video of her at a Tennessee hotel. The stalker, Michael David Barrett, was found 51% responsible, while West End Hotel... More »

Cousin: Photo of Bound, Gagged Babies Just 'a Joke'

Memphis police were investigating

(Newser) - A disturbing photograph posted on Facebook has prompted a police investigation in Memphis, Tenn. The picture shows two young children, one of them with tears in her eyes, bound and gagged with duct tape. The caption reads: "Kids for sale, 45% off because they bad." The Facebook user... More »

Cops: Teen Who Didn't Want to Wake Up Shoots Family

Grandma, sister, nephew all expected to survive their injuries

(Newser) - Police say a 16-year-old boy who apparently didn't want to wake up for school Tuesday morning shot three of his family members in an East Nashville, Tenn., home. "There was a quarrel about getting up and getting ready for the day when (at some point) the 16-year-old ran... More »

How 2 Men Got Banned From Hunting in 44 States

Men illegally killed dozens of deer, took disturbing photos

(Newser) - Two Tennessee men are forever banned from hunting in that state and 43 others after illegally killing dozens of deer and taking disturbing photos of the animals, the Tennessean reports. "We will never know how many deer these two killed, but we believe they could have poached at least... More »

Wrong Newborn Gets Surgical Procedure

'There's no excuse for mixing up babies at a hospital'

(Newser) - A hospital in Tennessee accidentally performed minor surgery on the wrong baby, and now the mother is left to wonder about the future of her newborn, CBS News reports. Jennifer Melton thought her healthy newborn was being taken for a routine physical by doctors at University Medical Center in Lebanon.... More »

Boy, 5, Calmly Reports Parents' Murders to 911

Chattanooga police say murders may be gang-related

(Newser) - "My mama and my daddy got shot … They dead." That's how a 5-year-old boy describes the murder of his parents in Chattanooga, Tenn., in a 911 call released Tuesday. Over nearly eight minutes, the boy tells a dispatcher he witnessed the deaths of Lakita Hicks, 25,... More »

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