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Tennessee Overwhelmingly Passes Free College Bill

Bill Haslam to sign proposal offering free 2-year schooling

(Newser) - Soon, every high school graduate in Tennessee will be able to afford at least some further education. The state's House overwhelmingly passed the "Tennessee Promise" bill Tuesday night; it offers graduates a two-and-a-half-year free ride to any qualifying associate's degree or technical certificate program, the Tennessean reports.... More »

Tenn. Senate Votes to Bring Back Electric Chair

Meanwhile, Ohio considers sweeping new restrictions

(Newser) - What do you do when you can't get your hands on the drugs in your lethal injection cocktail? As far as Tennessee's Senate is concerned, you fire up Old Sparky. The state's Senate yesterday voted 23-3 to advance a bill allowing the state to execute inmates via... More »

Strangers' Intervention at Gym Saves Woman's Life

Nine worried people got anorexic woman to hospital in nick of time

(Newser) - Stories about people staging a successful intervention to save someone in trouble aren't so unusual. But what about when those people are total strangers? The Tennessean has such a tale from the Green Hills YMCA, where nine regulars at the gym got worried about an emaciated young woman who... More »

Tennessee to Execute 10, Keep Details Secret

Law allows it to keep executioner, where drugs came from under wraps

(Newser) - Tennessee officials plan to execute a record number of death row inmates over the next two years, all under a cloak of secrecy. The state late last year asked its Supreme Court for permission to execute at least a dozen convicts—its biggest request ever—and intends to use a... More »

There's a Serious Whiskey War Going On in Tennessee

At the root of it: the law that defines just what Tennessee whiskey is

(Newser) - What is Tennessee whiskey? Well, according to a year-old law, in order to call your product that, it must be made ... almost exactly the way Jack Daniel's is made. That is, as the AP puts it:
  • It must be "fermented in Tennessee from mash of at least 51%
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Judge Tells Tennessee to Recognize Gay Marriages

Couples were married in other states

(Newser) - A federal judge in Nashville ordered Tennessee to recognize the marriage of three same-sex couples yesterday. The ruling came after the couples, all of whom were married in other states, filed a lawsuit asking Tennessee to recognize marriages performed elsewhere. The state, which has a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage,... More »

Tennessee Kids May Be Forced to Learn Cursive

Popular bill will require teaching it in 3rd grade

(Newser) - Only around half of schoolchildren in Tennessee still learn cursive handwriting but lawmakers want to save it from becoming a lost art. A bill before the state House will make it mandatory for kids to learn how to read and write cursive, probably in the third grade, and it has... More »

Arrest in Case of Student Seen Dragged Into Woods

Stranger charged with Holly Bobo's murder

(Newser) - Nearly three years after a man in camouflage was seen dragging nursing student Holly Bobo into the woods near her home, police have made an arrest. Zachary Adams, a 29-year-old man who lives around 15 miles from Bobo's West Tennessee home, has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and first-degree... More »

Snow Pounds East Coast Yet Again

DC could see 12 inches; 2K flights canceled

(Newser) - It may be March, but the winter weather isn't over. The East Coast is once again getting pummeled by snow, with Washington, DC, and other mid-Atlantic cities expecting between six and 12 inches, AccuWeather reports. Ice, meanwhile, could reach to Charlotte, NC. Virginia, Tennessee, and Delaware are among states... More »

VW Labor Chief to South: Get Unions or No More Deals

Union in Germany will block moves

(Newser) - The head of Volkswagen's General Works Councils in Germany is threatening to block any further investment in the southern United States, Reuters reports, after workers at VW's Chattanooga plant voted against union representation . "I can imagine fairly well that another VW factory in the United States, provided... More »

Tennessee Considers Eternal Daylight Savings Time

Proposal for permanent Daylight Savings Time called a 'wangdanger'

(Newser) - Tennessee might be done turning its clocks back. The state's House State Government Subcommittee has approved a bill that would end the practice of adjusting the clocks twice a year, effective this summer, effectively giving the state permanent Daylight Savings Time, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. "It will... More »

Huge Loss for UAW: Tennessee Workers Say No

Volkswagen employees reject union

(Newser) - Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union's effort to organize Southern factories. The 712-626 vote released tonight stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even... More »

Son-in-Law Arrested in Tennessee Bombing

Richard Parker charged in blast that killed couple

(Newser) - When a bomb killed a retired lawyer and his wife in their rural Tennessee home, neighbors speculated that they must have been mistaken targets. After all, who would go after Jon and Marion Setzer, both in their 70s? Now authorities say their son-in-law would, reports the Tennessean . Police in Lebanon... More »

Wife Dies After Mail Bomb That Killed Lawyer Husband

Tenn. police looking at revenge as motive; note found with bomb

(Newser) - The wife of a retired lawyer who was killed by a mail bomb this week has also died, reports the Tennessean . Marion Setzer, 72, had been listed as seriously injured in Monday's explosion. Meanwhile, police trying to get to the bottom of the bombing may have found a vital... More »

Package Explodes, Killing Retired Lawyer at His Home

Jon Setzer, 74, died Monday near Lebanon, Tenn.

(Newser) - A 74-year-old retired lawyer is dead after "an unknown package exploded" at his rural Tennessee home Monday, and locals are rattled. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and ATF agents are investigating the death of Jon Setzer, but so far they've stayed mum on motive, and the Tennessean reports that... More »

Cops: Girl, 5, Forced to Drink So Much Soda She Died

Parents are charged with first-degree murder over their punishment

(Newser) - A husband and wife in Tennessee are accused of making their 5-year-old daughter drink excessive amounts of grape soda and water as punishment—so much so that the girl died as a result, reports the Times-News of Kingsport. Randall Vaughn, 41, and Mary Vaughn, 58, are charged with first-degree murder,... More »

Pilot Whose Deadly Crash Airport Missed Was Drunk

Michael Callan had BAC of .081, just over Tennessee's .08 limit.

(Newser) - An autopsy report on the Canadian pilot who crashed undetected in Nashville —the one who inexplicably claimed Taylor Swift as his next of kin —has found Michael Callan was legally drunk when his plane went down after circling the airport on Oct. 29. Though two-thirds of his body... More »

Guy Torqued Over Seized Raccoon Runs for Tenn. Gov

Mike Brown furious over government's refusal to return Rebekah

(Newser) - Mike "Coonrippy" Brown's gubernatorial candidacy is pretty much a one-platform affair: "It's all about the raccoon," he tells the Tennessean . In July, Tennessee officials seized Brown's pet raccoon, Rebekah; he says he was targeted following a viral video featuring him and another raccoon. He... More »

Police Remove Banners Warning of 'White Genocide'

Banners hung from overpass in Knoxville

(Newser) - Drivers on Interstate 640 in Knoxville were recently met with white supremacy messages when passing under the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge overpass, but police removed the banners bearing the messages yesterday, WATE reports. The two vinyl banners read, "'Diversity' is a code word for white genocide." Police... More »

Tennessee Apparently Quite Eager to Execute People

State requests execution dates for 10 inmates

(Newser) - Since 1960, Tennessee has executed just six people. If the state has its way, however, 10 more prisoners could be dead in the near future. Officials have asked the state Supreme Court for execution dates for the death row inmates, in what the Tennessean calls an "unprecedented push,"... More »

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