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One Twin Dies in Bus Crash, While Brother Survives

Cause of Knoxville collision that killed 3 remains unclear

(Newser) - Details are filtering out from yesterday's collision between two school buses in Knoxville, Tenn., that killed two kids and one adult . Among the more wrenching is that one of the children killed, 6-year Zykia Burns, had a twin brother on the same bus who wondered why his sister didn'... More »

2 Kids, Adult Killed When Buses Collide in Knoxville

Knoxville accident 'is unspeakable tragedy,' official says

(Newser) - Two buses bringing children home from school collided on a Tennessee highway this afternoon, killing two students and an adult and injuring another 23 people. Police did not immediately say what caused the crash, which sent one of the buses onto its side. The children killed were in third grade... More »

100-Year-Old Woman Sees Ocean for First Time

Tennessee's Ruby Holt watched dolphins, ate seafood along Alabama shore

(Newser) - It was during a water-gun fight at her senior living facility over the summer that Ruby Holt told bystanders she had always wanted to see the ocean, which she had never visited in her century on this planet. With the encouragement of employees at the Tennessee facility where she resides,... More »

Cops: Guy Hired Hitman to Kill His Family, Killed Hitman

Prosecutor will seek death penalty for Ryan Champion

(Newser) - Not only is a Kentucky man accused in the murder of his family, he's also accused of killing the man he allegedly hired to do the deed. Police say Ryan Champion, 36, asked Vito Riservato, 22, to kill his parents and sister in western Kentucky, but the apparent murder-for-hire... More »

Court Blocks Gay Marriage in 4 States

Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee can't have same-sex weddings

(Newser) - It's a rarity for advocates of gay marriage: defeat. A federal appeals court today upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, reports the Columbus Dispatch . The ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals goes against decisions to allow gay marriage in four other... More »

State Senator Mocks Newly Laid-Off Reporter

Stacey Campfield asks her if she has any comments

(Newser) - It's not like outgoing Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield , most recently in the news for standing by his Nazi-ObamaCare analogy , is known for his tact. But a taunting, personal message he sent to a newly laid-off reporter via Facebook is making headlines nonetheless. "So, do YOU have any... More »

Tennessee Woman Jailed for Messy Yard

Karen Holloway gets 6 hours behind bars for ignoring citations

(Newser) - Kids who won't do yardwork might get detention; a Lenoir City, Tenn., woman got jail time instead. After Karen Holloway ignored multiple citations for code violations, including multiple bushes, she was sentenced to five days in jail. A judge reduced that to six hours, which she served on Tuesday,... More »

Boy's Tribute to Soldier Dad Lights Up the Skies

6-year-old asks people to turn on porch lights 'so Daddy can see ... I love him'

(Newser) - Thousands of people around the country and the world responded to a 6-year-old boy's plea to turn on a few extra porch lights so his fallen dad could see them shining. The father, Staff Sgt. Thomas Baysore, was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 26, 2013, and he had often... More »

Judge Rules on Man Paralyzed for Cavity Search

Police, doctor say they were just doing their job

(Newser) - A federal judge has ruled that police officers and a physician who medically paralyzed a man to conduct a cavity search for drugs in Tennessee are not immune from prosecution. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the 2010 cavity search at the Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center did turn up... More »

Guy Butt-Dials 911, Gets Busted for Drugs

He's arrested after authorities overhear his conversation

(Newser) - There's no need for phone-tapping when criminals call the police on themselves. That's what allegedly happened to one Grant O'Connor, 25, WKRN reports: He butt-dialed 911 as he chatted about a dealer and doing drugs, police say. Officials traced the call, which led them to a restaurant... More »

Holly Bobo's Body Found

Tennessee student was kidnapped in 2011

(Newser) - Sorrow, but some closure for the family of Holly Bobo: The remains of the Tennessee nursing student have been found more than three years after she was seen being dragged into the woods near her home by a man in camouflage. A skull was found near a logging road in... More »

Teens Escape Detention Center —Twice in Week

Video shows juveniles may have assaulted a staff member

(Newser) - A violent disturbance broke out involving more than 20 teens at the same Nashville juvenile detention center where 32 escaped earlier this week. About 28 teens—some of whom had also escaped during Monday's massive breakout—were involved in the latest incident that began last night, a rep for... More »

Clown Canned for Shouting Insults at Black Family

At fair, he called mom 'nappy head,' 'unbeweaveable'

(Newser) - If you're a clown in a dunk tank at a carnival, part of your job is to gently egg on attendees so that they'll hand over a couple of bucks and try to sink you. But a Tennessee family says one performer crossed the line at the Delta... More »

32 Teens Break Out of Tenn. Detention Center

17 still on loose after busting out of Nashville facility

(Newser) - Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center around 11pm last night, and 17 are still being sought, says a rep for Tennessee's Department of Children's Services. The teens—ages 14 to 19, according to the AP —apparently crawled under a fence in the facility's... More »

Cable Giants Try to Limit Cities' Internet Service

US Telecom targets Chattanooga, TN, and Wilson, NC

(Newser) - Municipalities, take note: A group representing cable giants like Time Warner and Comcast is pressing US officials to stop two cities from expanding high-speed Internet services, the Guardian reports. Those cities—Chattanooga, TN, and Wilson, NC—are already providing unusually fast 1GB-per-second service to residents. Chattanooga's broadband helped trigger... More »

Teen Impaled by Golf Club in Freak Frat Party Accident

ASU student Natalie Jo Eaton awake and responsive in Memphis hospital

(Newser) - At a cookout Aug.19 during rush at an Arkansas State University frat house, a college kid hit a football, thrown by a friend, with a golf club. The club's shaft broke, traveled 30 feet, and impaled 18-year-old Natalie Jo Eaton in the neck, Arkansas Matters reports. When police... More »

Inmates Sue, Call Electric Chair 'Torture Device'

Tennessee convicts say it shouldn't be alternative to lethal injection

(Newser) - Death-row inmates in Tennessee have sued the state over its possible use of the electric chair to kill them, reports the Tennessean . "Even when the chair works exactly as it is intended, it is a torture device," says an attorney for the inmates. The move stems from the... More »

Victoria Jackson Loses in Tennessee Election

Ex-'SNL' star loses her bid for county seat

(Newser) - Former Saturday Night Live cast member and current Tea Party activist Victoria Jackson has lost her bid as an independent candidate for a seat on a county commission in Tennessee. Jackson moved to Thompson's Station last year and said she filed as an independent to run for the Williamson... More »

Lamar Alexander Defeats Tea Party Challenger

Also: Montana's Walsh steps down amid plagiarism scandal

(Newser) - Another boost for the GOP's Senate hopes: Lamar Alexander has defeated a Tea Party challenger in Tennessee and is now strongly favored to win re-election this fall, reports Politico . State Rep. Joe Carr had sought to portray Alexander as an out-of-touch Washington insider, but that approach has failed to... More »

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 »

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