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Tenn. Law Allows Therapists to Reject Gay Patients

This 'codifies discrimination,' counseling association warns

(Newser) - Mental health therapists and counselors in Tennessee can now turn away gay patients or others whose "goals, outcomes, or behaviors" conflict with their "sincerely held beliefs." Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed Bill 1556 into law on Wednesday, saying it doesn't "address a group, issue, or... More »

Guy Staged His Own Death to Stop Marine Ex's Alleged Murder Plot

Brad Sutherland says she wanted him dead

(Newser) - Talk about a murder plot: In February, cops told Brad Sutherland that his Marine ex-girlfriend wanted him dead, but her boyfriend—himself a Marine Corps sniper with an infamous past—had warned authorities of the plan. The ex-girlfriend, Laura Buckingham, allegedly tried hiring a hit man who was really a... More »

Parents Fume After Kids Age 6 and Up Are Arrested

Police say the children failed to intervene in a fight off-campus

(Newser) - Parents in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are outraged after students as young as 6 years old were arrested, handcuffed, and briefly detained at a juvenile detention center Friday. Parents said at least five students ranging in age from 6 to 11 were arrested at Hobgood Elementary School because they allegedly failed to... More »

Tennessee Gov Vetoes Bill That 'Trivializes the Bible'

Quest to make it official state book fails

(Newser) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed a bill seeking to make Tennessee the first state to designate the Bible as its official book, the AP reports. Haslam, who considered entering a seminary before deciding to join the family truck-stop business after college, said in his veto message that the... More »

Guy Tries to Rob Cop in Unmarked Police Car


(Newser) - Call it a case of very rotten luck. A man in Tennessee has been arrested after authorities say he tried to rob a Knoxville police officer who was sitting in an unmarked police car, the AP reports. Citing a police report, the Knoxville News-Sentinel says the officer was sitting in... More »

Tennessee Lawmakers: We Want Bible as State Book

It's up to Gov. Haslam whether bill is 'unconstitutional,' 'sacrilegious,' or neither

(Newser) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has a bill coming his way that has the Bible nominated as the official state book, a move critics say would be both "unconstitutional and sacrilegious," per Nashville Public Radio . The state Senate approved the holy tome 19-8 Monday night, which could make Tennessee... More »

Woman Faces Charges for Making Her Kids Walk to School

It was punishment for missing the school bus

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman is facing child neglect charges after deputies found her driving ahead of her daughters while making them walk to school, the AP reports. Marion County Sheriff Ronnie Burnett tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press the mother, Lisa Marie Palmer, told deputies her daughters were being punished for... More »

Erin Andrews: Nashville Hotel Should Pay Me Full $55M

Attorneys cite liability law to push hotel companies to pay stalker's share of judgment

(Newser) - A jury awarded $55 million to Fox Sports reporter and Dancing With the Stars co-host Erin Andrews earlier this month in her suit against the stalker who secretly recorded nude video of her at a Tennessee hotel. The stalker, Michael David Barrett, was found 51% responsible, while West End Hotel... More »

Cousin: Photo of Bound, Gagged Babies Just 'a Joke'

Memphis police were investigating

(Newser) - A disturbing photograph posted on Facebook has prompted a police investigation in Memphis, Tenn. The picture shows two young children, one of them with tears in her eyes, bound and gagged with duct tape. The caption reads: "Kids for sale, 45% off because they bad." The Facebook user... More »

Cops: Teen Who Didn't Want to Wake Up Shoots Family

Grandma, sister, nephew all expected to survive their injuries

(Newser) - Police say a 16-year-old boy who apparently didn't want to wake up for school Tuesday morning shot three of his family members in an East Nashville, Tenn., home. "There was a quarrel about getting up and getting ready for the day when (at some point) the 16-year-old ran... More »

How 2 Men Got Banned From Hunting in 44 States

Men illegally killed dozens of deer, took disturbing photos

(Newser) - Two Tennessee men are forever banned from hunting in that state and 43 others after illegally killing dozens of deer and taking disturbing photos of the animals, the Tennessean reports. "We will never know how many deer these two killed, but we believe they could have poached at least... More »

Wrong Newborn Gets Surgical Procedure

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

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

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