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Tennessee Missionary Murdered in Haiti

Unknown gunmen shot Roberta Edwards, kidnapped 4-year-old child with her

(Newser) - A Tennessee missionary known as "Mom" in the children's home she ran in Haiti was gunned down behind the wheel of her car Saturday night, and a child around the age of 4 with her was kidnapped, Haiti's National Police tell NBC News . Per witness and official... More »

Gunman Fires on School Bus Stop Packed With Kids

No one was injured; at least one suspect in custody

(Newser) - Gunfire rang out at a Tennessee bus stop where South Chattanooga schoolkids were waiting Tuesday. The terrifying scene unfolded as a vehicle approached the bus stop around 8:20am, police tell the Chattanooga Times Free Press . Some children were apparently alerted to the danger seconds before five to 20 shots... More »

Paramedic Bride Helps Out at Accident Scene, Pic Goes Viral

Woman rushed from her wedding when she heard dad, grandparents were in crash

(Newser) - A post-wedding car crash, a concerned bride, and her photographer mom all came together in Tennessee to create a picture you won't see in too many wedding albums: a woman in her wedding dress helping out at the scene of an accident. The now-viral photo—posted on the Montgomery... More »

Boy Who Killed Girl Over Puppies Used Gun in Closet

The 12-gauge shotgun, unlocked in closet, belonged to his dad

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his 8-year-old neighbor when she refused to show him her puppies got the 12-gauge shotgun used in the shooting from an unlocked closet in his mobile home in White Pine, Tenn., police say. Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig tells the Washington Post the... More »

Boy, 11, Allegedly Killed 8-Year-Old Girl Over Puppy

Shooting occurs about 40 miles east of Knoxville

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy has been charged with murder after he killed his 8-year-old neighbor, police said, and witnesses say it was because the girl wouldn't let him see her puppy. Deputies were called to the neighborhood in White Pine, about 40 miles east of Knoxville, on Saturday night. The... More »

Tenn. Official: God, Don't Smite Us for Gay Marriage

Blount County commissioner writes resolution begging His mercy

(Newser) - With same-sex marriage now the law of the land, the commissioner of Blount County, Tenn., is proposing a resolution asking that the Supreme Being "pass us by in His coming wrath and not destroy our county as he did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities." Karen Miller'... More »

Uncle Killed Over Kidnapped Fighting Rooster

Police found the rooster tied to a chair in a mobile home

(Newser) - It has all the trappings of a Tennessee noir: an uncle allegedly dead by his nephew's hand, a gunfight, a mobile home, and a kidnapped fighting rooster tied to a chair. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports police were called to the scene of a deadly shooting early yesterday shortly... More »

Mom: Son's Assigned Book on Cells Is 'Porn'

Jackie Sims wants to ban best-selling biography about Henrietta Lacks

(Newser) - Pornographic material surely doesn't belong on a high school reading list, but what about a best-selling biography about a woman who changed the course of medical history? If you ask Tennessee mom Jackie Sims, the two are one and the same. Sims is appealing to Knox County Schools to... More »

Lack of a Comma Has Big Legal Implications in Tenn.

Official uses grammar to make investigative records harder to get

(Newser) - How important are commas? Well, the lack of one is stopping Tennessee city councils from requesting investigative records from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessean reports. In July, the TBI looked into the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old black man by a white officer in Memphis. In the wake... More »

Judge Won't Divorce Couple Because of Gay Marriage

He says since Supreme Court redefined marriage it now has to define divorce

(Newser) - Two Tennessee residents are being forced to stay married by a judge with an apparent bone to pick over the US Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The couple filed for divorce in 2014, and last week Judge Jeffrey Atherton refused to grant... More »

Tenn. Judge: There's Nothing Wrong With Lethal Injection

Says inmates didn't prove one-drug method led to painful, lingering death

(Newser) - A Tennessee judge yesterday upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates. Davidson County Chancery Judge Claudia Bonnyman said from the bench that the plaintiffs, 33 death row inmates, didn't prove that the one-drug method led to a painful and lingering death. She also said the plaintiffs... More »

Armed Citizens Turn Up to Guard Recruiting Centers

After Chattanooga shootings, residents say they want to 'serve and protect'

(Newser) - Wisconsin and six other states moved to arm National Guard members on duty after last week's Chattanooga shootings; now armed citizens are heading out to add an extra layer of protection. Reports of these self-appointed sentinels—some of them from private militia—have filtered in from Ohio, Wisconsin, Georgia,... More »

7 States to Change Rules After Chattanooga

Wisconsin the latest state to say it will arm on-duty National Guard members

(Newser) - Wisconsin is joining six other states in arming on-duty National Guard members after last week's deadly Chattanooga shootings . "Allowing our National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty gives them the tools they need to serve and protect our citizens as well as themselves," Republican Gov.... More »

Anti-DUI Campaign About 'Marginally' Hot Girls Flops

It was a swing and a miss for Tennessee

(Newser) - How would you react if you spotted a coaster at a bar bearing these words: "Buy a drink for a marginally good-looking girl only to find out she's chatty, clingy, and your boss's daughter." If your response is "man, I shouldn't drink and drive"... More »

It's Now Legal to Save Pets From Hot Cars in Tennessee

Good Samaritan law now applies to animals

(Newser) - Animal rights advocates are cheering a new law that went into effect in Tennessee at the beginning of the month that could save the lives of furry friends. Under an extension of the Good Samaritan law that allows people to break into a hot car to free a child, citizens... More »

5K Tennesseans Evacuated in Dead of Night Due to Train

Toxic fumes wafted out after derailment

(Newser) - Thousands of Tennessee residents were roused from sleep overnight on the outskirts of Knoxville when a freight train car derailed and burst into flames, sending toxic fumes into the air, NBC News reports. Seven cops were treated for inhaling those fumes, per a spokeswoman for the Blount County Sheriff's... More »

After SCOTUS Ruling, Shop Posts 'No Gays Allowed'

'I don't want them around me,' says hardware store owner Jeff Amyx

(Newser) - While many celebrated Friday's SCOTUS decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states, one Tennessee store owner wasn't flying any rainbow banners. Instead, Jeff Amyx—a "self-described 'blunt' man," per the New York Daily News —put a different sign up Monday at Amyx... More »

Bride Loses Memory, Hubby Throws Wedding 'Round 2'

Will wed on one-year anniversary with help from kind strangers

(Newser) - Justice Stamper won't soon forget the day her high school sweetheart got down on one knee in front of the entire congregation at their church in their hometown of Marion, Va., where they first met at age 10. "He taped the ring underneath a bottle cap to hide... More »

Attorney Won't Stop Probing This Man's 1940 Murder

'We should do everything we can do to see who killed' Elbert Williams

(Newser) - An old black-and-white photo on Jim Emison's desk haunts him and goads him to right a long-buried wrong. In the photo, a man named Elbert Williams peers into the camera, along with other charter members of the NAACP's Brownsville branch, an audacious group of men and women who... More »

5 US Flight Routes to Take If You Hate Yourself

Flights originating or landing at Chicago's O'Hare are delayed the most

(Newser) - Chicago and Knoxville, Tenn., are both great cities, but flying between the two of them often appears to be an aggravating experience, if data compiled by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics holds any weight. In a special project requested by the Wall Street Journal , the BTS tracked more than 1,... More »

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