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Elderly Veteran Arrested for Asking Officials to Speak Up

Eddie Overholt got cuffed and taken away

(Newser) - When a 76-year-old veteran asked officials to speak up at a meeting, he got arrested for it. Eddie Overholt was at a county board meeting in Tennessee on Friday where officials were discussing a pipeline that would release water into the Nolichucky River, the Huffington Post reports. The audience was... More »

'Black Market Babies' Trying to Find Roots With DNA

New tests try to identify biological parents of off-the-books adoptees

(Newser) - About 30 people showed up at a Tennessee motel yesterday to give cheek-swab samples, in a last-ditch attempt to locate long-lost biological relatives. In the late 1950s and '60s, a Georgia clinic run by the late Dr. Thomas Hicks facilitated more than 200 off-the-books adoptions, the AP explains . With... More »

This Is America's Most Corrupt State

That's Mississippi, folks

(Newser) - Mississippi isn't just the most religious state in the country, it's also the most corrupt, according to a new study . The study, which compiled more than 25,000 corruption convictions of public officials between 1976 and 2008, also revealed that corruption in the country's 10 worst states,... More »

High School Food Fight Ends Very Badly

Wilson Central High School students face misdemeanor charges

(Newser) - Yet another senior prank has gone awry. Eight Tennessee high school kids are facing misdemeanor charges—over a food fight. The four juvenile and four adult students from Wilson Central High School apparently didn't "back off" after the fight began on Friday, and were charged with vandalism... More »

Tennessee Brings Back Electric Chair

As Wyoming debates return to firing squad

(Newser) - Amid shortages of drugs used in lethal injections and controversy over a botched execution in Oklahoma , Tennessee has become the first state to revive an older method of execution. Gov. Bill Haslam yesterday signed a bill allowing the state to use the electric chair if execution drugs are not available,... More »

Cops: Man Tried to Have Sex With ATM

Then Lonnie Jackson Hutton allegedly tried to have his way with a picnic table

(Newser) - This may be the holy grail of weird sex crime stories: Police on Friday arrested a Murfreesboro, Tenn., man who was allegedly trying to have intercourse with a bar's ATM around 9:30pm, the Daily News Journal reports. Per the police report, 49-year old Lonnie Jackson Hutton "pulled... More »

Lawmaker Stands By ObamaCare-Nazi Analogy

Tennessee's Campfield says it should be taken as a 'warning'

(Newser) - A Tennessee lawmaker already famous for his over-the-top political stances just went over-the-top in the grandaddy of all ways: a Holocaust comparison for ObamaCare and Democrats. In a blog post yesterday, state Rep. Stacey Campfield wrote that "Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is... More »

Tennessee Makes It Illegal to Get High While Pregnant

Doing so could land you in jail, starting in July

(Newser) - Starting July 1, if you're pregnant and use drugs while living in Tennessee, you can be charged with a crime for causing harm to your unborn baby. Gov. Bill Haslam signed the controversial law yesterday, the Tennessean reports. Civil and reproductive rights groups had opposed it, saying it would... More »

Tornadoes Kill 11 More Across South

Storm system now headed for Georgia

(Newser) - After spawning deadly tornadoes that flattened homes and businesses in Alabama and Mississippi, a storm system that also caused havoc in the Midwest had Georgia in its sights early today. At least 11 people in the South were killed yesterday, bringing the overall death toll from two days of severe... More »

Tenn. Cop Choked Student Until His Knees Buckled

Photos capture incident at University of Tennessee party

(Newser) - A Knox County, Tenn., sheriff's deputy has been swiftly fired after photos appeared online showing him choking a college student to the point that the 21-year-old's knees buckled. Student Jarod Dotson has been charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest—but the freelance photographer who caught the Saturday... More »

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 »

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