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Decapitated Man in Tennessee Really Something Else Entirely

Realistic decoration has passers-by calling 911

(Newser) - Police in Greene County, Tenn., have asked the public to stop calling 911 about a Halloween decoration that may be a tad too early—and too realistic. The sheriff's department has notified the public that what looks like a body crushed by a garage door is a puppet stuffed... More »

Cops: Porsche Driver Shot Homeless Man

Nashville man asked her to move her car

(Newser) - An aspiring country singer from Texas has been charged with the attempted murder of a homeless Tennessee man who asked her to move her Porsche. Police say 26-year-old Katie Quackenbush shot Gerald Melton, 54, after he complained about loud music and exhaust fumes from the Porsche SUV where she was... More »

Mom Passes Out During Holly Bobo Murder Trial

Prosecutor says killer lived in 'dark world'

(Newser) - A man who lived in the "dark, dark world" of methamphetamine and morphine abducted a Tennessee nursing student from her rural home in 2011, then drugged, raped, and shot her before discarding her body and bragging about it, a prosecutor said Monday. Paul Hagerman made the statements during opening... More »

Teen Walks Out of Wilderness 11 Days After Going Missing

Austin Bohanan was lost in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

(Newser) - The National Park Service says a teenager who went missing for 11 days is with his family after he emerged from Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park and flagged a passing boat for help. A news release says 18-year-old Austin Bohanan was found Tuesday uninjured. Officials say Bohanan had... More »

Girl Heard Knock at Door. She Was Found Dead an Hour Later

Police have few clues in 'brutal' murder of 12-year-old Yhoana Arteaga

(Newser) - Police are begging for information from the public regarding the horrific murder of a 12-year-old girl in her family's mobile home last week in Tennessee. Fox 17 reports Yhoana Arteaga was on crutches and stuck at home in Goodlettsville last Thursday, having injured her leg in a skating accident... More »

Bride Allegedly Pulls Gun From Dress, Opens Fire

So much for wedded bliss

(Newser) - "She pulled out of her wedding dress a 9mm pistol, pointed it at her new husband's head, and pulled the trigger." That's how a police officer sums up what could go down in history as the worst bridezilla moment ever. Authorities were called to a motel... More »

Oops: Toddler Goes Looking for Parents Over Wet Concrete

2 footprints will be saved as a souvenir

(Newser) - When a 2-year-old wants to find her mom and dad, a little wet concrete isn't going to stand in her way. And that's why little Izzadora Millaway of Cleveland, Tenn., is enjoying some viral fame, reports UPI . It seems that workers had just poured concrete in the basement... More »

The Ludicrous Barkley Marathons Will Break You

Fewer than 20 people have completed the race in 31 years

(Newser) - To complete Tennessee's Barkley Marathons, runners only need to average 2mph for 60 hours. Easy, right? Not so much, Esquire reports in a must-read piece that simultaneously makes the race seem like heaven and hell on Earth. The Barkley Marathons comprises five loops through Frozen Head State Park. There'... More »

Rapist Finally Done In —by His Dentures

Thomas Maupin pleads guilty to 2001 rape in Memphis

(Newser) - While in prison for a murder for which he was twice convicted and later acquitted, Thomas Maupin had a set of dentures made. Years later, that set would become a key piece of evidence helping to put him behind bars again. According to Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich, dentures... More »

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 »

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