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Confused Doctors Perform Surgery on Healthy Newborn

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

(Newser) - Doctors in Tennessee accidentally performed surgery on the wrong baby, and now the mother is left to wonder about the future of her formerly healthy newborn, CBS News reports. Jennifer Melton thought her newborn Nate 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 »

Left Alone in Car, 7-Year-Old Fatally Shot by Sibling

The children found a loaded gun in their mother's purse

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy is dead after being shot in the head by a sibling when their parents left them alone in the car Monday afternoon in Tennessee, WBIR reports. According to NBC News , four children were waiting in the car outside a Verizon store while their mother and stepfather paid... More »

Body of Missing 2-Year-Old Found

Noah's family want him to be remembered for bringing community together

(Newser) - The search for missing 2-year-old Noah Chamberlin came to a heartbreaking end on Thursday afternoon when the little boy's body was found in a forest clearing. Officials say Noah was found around 1.5 miles from where he disappeared a week ago near his grandmother's home in Pinson,... More »

Cops Find Sign of Missing 2-Year-Old

They believe Noah Chamberlin is still in Tenn. woods

(Newser) - Authorities say they've found some sign of the 2-year-old boy who disappeared in Tennessee a week ago while walking with his grandmother and sister. "We have some leads that we have recovered" in the woods behind his grandparents' home, Madison County Sheriff John Mehr said Wednesday, per the... More »

Cops: Tutor Arrested With 3 Kids in Trunk

Tenn. woman charged with reckless endangerment

(Newser) - The answer to "How do you fit nine kids in a car?" is not "six in the cab and three in the trunk," Tennessee cops more or less informed a Nashville-area tutor after arresting her at a gas station Sunday evening. Police say that after a call... More »

Postal Worker Gets Acid Thrown in Her Face

Assault in Memphis suburb prompts $25K reward

(Newser) - A postal worker was on the job in suburban Memphis Friday afternoon when a man apparently tossed acid on her, the Commercial Appeal reports. She was sitting in her truck at the time, WATN notes, and another Commercial Appeal article says the acid struck her face. Unnamed in media reports,... More »

2-Year-Old Hiking With Grandma, Sister Vanishes

Thousands of volunteers join Tenn. search

(Newser) - Thousands of volunteers have joined law enforcement agencies in the search for Noah Chamberlin, a 2-year-old boy who disappeared while hiking with his grandmother and sister on Thursday afternoon. The grandmother says they were in the woods near their home in Pinson, Tenn., at around 1:30pm when the boy... More »

Tenn. Couple: We're One of the 3 Big Powerball Winners

They went on 'Today' show before confirming their ticket with lotto officials

(Newser) - Three winning tickets for the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were announced after Wednesday night's drawing, one of them in Tennessee—and a family from the Volunteer State volunteered the info that they're the winning clan on the Today show Friday morning, per Today.com . "I... More »

Hungry Disabled Guy Calls Cops; They Respond

Tennessee man hadn't eaten in 2 days after caretaker stole his debit card

(Newser) - The Tennessee town of Mount Pleasant is living up to its name through its police officers, who responded to a call from an elderly disabled man in the best way possible. WKRN reports that the PD received a call Saturday evening from the 79-year-old resident, who said he lived on... More »

Couple's Touching Post-Crash Photo Goes Viral

Tennessee couple says it's miraculous they survived

(Newser) - The picture says it all: Two young people, both in neck braces, smiling at each other—relieved to be alive and reunited. The photo of Arika Stovall and boyfriend Hunter Hanks has been shared nearly 90,000 times since Stovall posted it on Facebook last week following a harrowing New... More »

Jewelry Thief's Crime Spree Spans 5 States

Woman and male accomplice have stolen $450K in bling: cops

(Newser) - A woman believed to be in her 20s or 30s held employees of a Jared Vault jewelry store in Mebane, NC, at gunpoint on Monday before making off with jewelry piled into a shopping bag. But this wasn't her first rodeo: The FBI says the same brunette has robbed... More »

3 HS Basketball Players Charged With Raping Teammate

Tennessee players allegedly assaulted teammate in hazing incident

(Newser) - Three high school basketball players in Tennessee have been charged with raping and assaulting a teammate in an apparent hazing incident, officials said. Gatlinburg Police said in a statement that the players were charged Monday in the incident, which occurred last week at a rental cabin. The statement said staff... More »

Deadly 'Springlike' Storms Sweep Southeast

At least 7 killed as dangerous system spawns tornado

(Newser) - A ferocious storm system that experts say is more typical of June than December swept southeastern states Wednesday, killing at least seven people. The system snarled holiday travel in much of the eastern US and caused forecasters to warn of a "particularly dangerous situation" for the first time since... More »

Ex-3 Doors Down Bassist Is Headed to Prison

Robert "Todd" Harrell was high on pills

(Newser) - Knee surgeries from "bouncing around on stage for 20 years" left Robert "Todd" Harrell in pain. The pills he took to ease that pain ultimately just led to a whole lot more. Harrell, former bassist of 3 Doors Down, was sentenced Friday to two years in prison after... More »

High Schooler Killed While Shielding Girls From Gunfire

It appears to be random, gang-related violence

(Newser) - A high school football player was killed as he shielded three girls from gunfire as several men went on a shooting spree in Tennessee, police said Friday. The shootings that killed Zaevion Dobson, 15, began Thursday night, said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. The first person shot was Lisa Perry,... More »

Tenn. Woman May Add New DUI to Her Other 16

Cops say she gave up trying to pass the field sobriety tests after car crash

(Newser) - Thirteen is often thought to be the unluckiest number, but for Dorothy Kaye Hanson, 17 doesn't seem to bode especially well, either. The 59-year-old woman from Shelbyville, Tenn., was involved in a car crash last Friday, and cops say they found booze containers in a grocery bag in her... More »

8 Hurt After Plane Rolls Off Nashville Runway

Boeing 737 ended up in grass after landing

(Newser) - Officials say a plane has rolled off a runway at Nashville International Airport, injuring eight people. A Southwest Airlines spokeswoman said in an email Tuesday night that Flight 31 from Houston Hobby Airport to Nashville went off the taxiway around 5:20pm as it approached the arrival gate. She said... More »

Woman Tries Coat-Hanger Abortion, Is Arrested

Anna Yocca of Tennessee faces attempted-murder charge

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman was arrested Dec. 9 for allegedly using a coat hanger to try to end her 24-week pregnancy. Anna Yocca, 31, of Murfreesboro was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the incident, which happened in September. The baby boy was saved, according to the Murfreesboro Post ; it's... More »

College's Holiday Party Memo Rankles Republicans

'Hostile to students…with Christian and conservative values'

(Newser) - An online memo advising employees at the University of Tennessee to make sure holiday celebrations aren't Christmas parties "in disguise" has put school officials under fire. The memo "Best Practices for Inclusive Holiday Celebrations in the Workplace" has been posted on the school's website by its... More »

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