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Man Tips Servers $22K in Hotel Bar, Gets Arrested

'He'll probably need that for legal fees'

(Newser) - Joel Boyers was removed from the JW Marriot bar in Nashville on Monday and charged with public intoxication and possessing a firearm while intoxicated, but some people there will still remember him fondly: Before he was arrested, he tipped his servers $22,000. Police say they were contacted by the... More »

After Nashville Musician Is Slain, Police Arrest 5 Minors

Suspects in murder of Kyle Yorlets range in age from 12 to 16

(Newser) - Police in Nashville say a 24-year-old musician was shot to death outside his house when he refused to turn over the keys to his car. What makes the story even worse is that police arrested five suspects ages 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16, reports BuzzFeed . Three of the five... More »

Man Killed After Concrete Thrown From Bridge

Tennessee man was hit in the face

(Newser) - A 54-year-old man on his way to work early Tuesday was killed after a chunk of concrete went through his windshield—and police don't believe it was an accident. Investigators believe the concrete was thrown from the Shelby Avenue bridge in Nashville onto Interstate 24 below, the Tennessean reports.... More »

Amazon Makes Its Picks, and a Young Politician Isn't Pleased

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks NYC gave away too much to lure the company

(Newser) - The insiders were correct : Amazon announced Tuesday that its new second headquarters will be split between a site in Queens and another in Crystal City, northern Virginia. Each will have about 25,000 employees. Nashville, meanwhile, will get an "operations center of excellence" with about 5,000 workers, reports... More »

Fan Falls From Stands Through Awning at NFL Game

It happened during cheerleaders' T-shirt toss

(Newser) - A football fan was hospitalized Sunday after falling from the stands at Tennessee's Nissan Stadium during the NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and the New England Patriots. An NFL employee who witnessed the fall tells USA Today that as cheerleaders threw T-shirts into the crowd during the third... More »

Real Knife, Real Horror at Nashville Haunted House

Victim stabbed by friend with blade mistaken for prop

(Newser) - Halloween is James Yochim's favorite time of year: "I get really excited about going to haunted houses." His Friday night at Nashville Nightmare in Madison—a sprawling attraction with four haunted houses, an escape room, and scary cast members running around with fake weapons—might dull the... More »

The Knock at 3am to Report a Death Wasn't the Family's Last

The 'Tennessean' looks at the toll the opioid crisis has had on the Baltzes

(Newser) - Just before Christmas 2015, former 3 Doors Down bassist Robert "Todd" Harrell was sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted in a fatal 2013 crash that occurred on Nashville's I-40. He was driving at 101mph when he clipped a pickup being driven by Paul Shoulders Jr.... More »

1-Year-Old Died in Hot Truck as Dad Caught a Flight

No charges in Nashville

(Newser) - A Nashville father flew out of town on a business trip, and police say he unintentionally left his 1-year-old daughter behind in his pickup truck, a mistake that proved fatal. The man's wife, Jenny Barker, had gone to work Wednesday believing husband Matt Barker would drop off their two... More »

Waffle House Suspect Wearing a 'Suicide Smock'

As the AP reports Travis Reinking's dad gave him his guns back

(Newser) - The co-owner of a Colorado crane company where the suspect in a deadly weekend shooting at a Nashville restaurant once worked said she'd urged federal officials to keep Travis Reinking in custody after he was arrested at the White House last year. Reinking's former boss says he had... More »

Gunman Wearing Only a Jacket Kills 4 at Waffle House

Police in Nashville are hunting a suspect who is now believed to be nude

(Newser) - A man wearing only a green coat opened fire early Sunday at a Nashville-area Waffle House, killing four people and injuring another two, reports ABC News . Two people died outside the building around 3:30 am Sunday and one inside before a patron managed to grab the weapon; a fourth... More »

PETA: PetSmart Gives Animals 'Slow, Miserable Deaths'

Authorities seize animals from Tennessee PetSmart over allegations of animal neglect

(Newser) - Authorities raided a Nashville-area PetSmart on Thursday, seizing hamsters, mice, and a guinea pig, WSMV reports. According to the Tennessean , PETA says it received photos and videos from a PetSmart employee showing store managers "repeatedly refusing to provide sick, injured, and dying animals with veterinary care in order to... More »

Nashville Mayor Resigns, Owes City $11K Over Affair

Megan Barry will repay the city to cover payments to former bodyguard

(Newser) - It was a scandal she couldn't survive: Nashville Mayor Megan Barry not only resigned on Tuesday, she pleaded guilty to felony theft related to her affair with a former bodyguard. As part of her plea deal, Barry agreed to repay the city $11,000—in part to make up... More »

Nude Photos May Show Mayor's Affair Was a Crime

TBI says they were taken when bodyguard was on duty

(Newser) - Investigators in Tennessee say nude photos recovered from a former police officer's phone could be evidence of two crimes—or possibly three, since Nashville Mayor Megan Barry says if the photos are of her, they were taken without her consent. In an affidavit, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says... More »

Nashville Mayor Admits Affair, Says She Won't Resign

Megan Barry had relationship with security chief

(Newser) - "We had an affair, and it was wrong, and we shouldn't have done it," Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told the Tennessean on Wednesday, admitting to an extramarital relationship with the police officer who served as head of her security detail. Both Barry and Sgt. Robert Forrest Jr.... More »

Bitter Cold Is Breaking Records —and Windows

Sharks are freezing, too

(Newser) - Just how cold is it across much of North America? Sharks are freezing to death and windows are cracking. Weather.com notes daily record cold high temperatures were tied or set in 29 spots from the Midwest to the South and East on Thursday, including in Baltimore, Boston, and New... More »

Note in Tenn. Church Suspect's Car Referenced Revenge

The note could offer a glimpse into Emanuel Kidega Samson's mindset

(Newser) - A note found in the car of a man charged with spraying deadly gunfire at a Tennessee church made reference to revenge for white supremacist Dylann Roof's massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, two years earlier, law enforcement officials told the AP . The note could offer... More »

Cops: 'Hero' Usher Stopped Tenn. Church Shooting

He confronted gunman, held him at gunpoint

(Newser) - A 22-year-old usher who stopped a shooting rampage at a Nashville-area church on Sunday says he's not a hero—but police do not agree. "He's the hero. He's the person who stopped this madness," says Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson, per the Tennessean . The... 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 »

Nashville Mayor Is Frank About Son's Death as She Returns to Work

Megan Barry says we need to focus on the opioid crisis

(Newser) - Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is back to work Monday, little more than a week after her 22-year-old son died of an apparent drug overdose . In an emotional press conference upon her return, Barry was open about Max's drug use and death, explaining that he had completed a rehab program... More »

Nashville Mayor's Son Dies of Apparent Drug Overdose

The Barrys described son Max, 22, as a 'kind soul full of life'

(Newser) - The office of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said Sunday that her only child has died of an apparent drug overdose. The office released a statement from Barry and her husband, Bruce, saying 22-year-old Max Barry died Saturday night in Denver. "Early this morning, we received news that no parents... More »

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