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They Came In With Paddles to Save Him. A Fireball Erupted

Family says dad died after fireball caused by defibrillator in Nashville hospital

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman says her husband died on Thanksgiving after catching fire in a Nashville hospital, and now his family is speaking out to prevent something like this from happening again. Kathy Stark tells WKRN that earlier this month she had her spouse of 35 years, Bobby Ray, brought to...

After Fatal Shooting, a Drive-by Attack at Funeral

Two people were injured in Nashville

(Newser) - A drive-by shooting in Nashville on Saturday injured two people as they and others were walking out of church from the funeral of a woman who was fatally shot earlier this month, according to police. Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron said the afternoon shooting occurred outside New Season...

Country Music's Entertainer of the Year Repeats

Singer Luke Combs wins CMA honor 2nd year in a row; Chris Stapleton, Lainey Wilson also win big

(Newser) - Luke Combs was crowned entertainer of the year at Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards, the second year in a row that he's taken home the night's top honor. "I want to thank country music for making my dreams come true," Combs said, dedicating the award...

Porsche Driver Who Shot Homeless Man Avoids Jail Time

She was sentenced to probation in 2017 incident

(Newser) - The woman who shot a homeless Nashville man who'd asked her to move her Porsche has avoided jail time in the case. Katie Quackenbush was on Thursday ordered to serve nearly a full year of probation for the 2017 crime, Fox News reports. She was convicted of misdemeanor reckless...

Domestic Assault Case Against Michelle Branch Dismissed

Sheriff's report says Michelle Branch slapped her husband

(Newser) - Update: The domestic assault charge against singer Michelle Branch has been dropped. The state of Tennessee requested that the case against the 39-year-old be dismissed, People reports. TMZ reports prosecutors then did just that, but no other details were available as to why. Our original story from Aug. 14 follows:...

Elvis Actor Found Dead
Elvis Actor
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Elvis Actor Found Dead

Shonka Dukureh dies in Nashville at age 44

(Newser) - Shonka Dukureh, who played Big Mama Thornton in this year's movie about Elvis Presley , was found dead Thursday in a bedroom at her home in Nashville, police say. She was 44. Nashville police say there were no signs of foul play, per the AP . Autopsy results are pending from...

Nurse Who Doled Out Fatal Meds Avoids Jail Time

RaDonda Vaught gets 3 years of supervised probation for death of Charlene Murphey

(Newser) - RaDonda Vaught, the Tennessee nurse behind a fatal medicine mix-up that killed a 75-year-old woman in 2017, won't be going to prison. WTVF reports that the 38-year-old former nurse at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center was sentenced Friday to three years of supervised probation, following emotional testimony from...

Reese Witherspoon Is Now a Soccer Team Owner

Actor buys minority stake in Nashville's pro team

(Newser) - Reese Witherspoon has joined the growing ranks of actors who double as owners of soccer teams. Witherspoon bought a minority stake in Major League Soccer's Nashville Soccer Club , reports Nashville Scene . Her husband, investor Jim Toth, also bought a stake, as did Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry. Terms were...

Singer Retired to Join Police
Singer Retired to Join Police
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Singer Retired to Join Police

Jeff Carson's hits include 'Not On Your Love' and 'The Car'

(Newser) - Country music singer and songwriter Jeff Carson, who had a No. 1 hit with "Not On Your Love" before becoming a police officer, has died. He was 58 and died of a heart attack at a hospital in Franklin, Tenn., his publicist said. Carson was born Jeffrey Lee Herndon...

Jury Rejects Parole in 4 Slayings at Waffle House

Travis Reinking was convicted of first-degree murder for 2018 shootings in Nashville, Tenn.

(Newser) - Update: After listening to relatives testify for two hours Saturday about their loved ones who were killed at a Waffle House in 2018, a jury decided to impose a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole on Travis Reinking. Family members sobbed as they told the court in...

9 Officers Open Fire on Man Standing Along Highway

Police say Landon Eastep pulled out something they feared was a weapon

(Newser) - Negotiations to try to coax a man with mental issues off the shoulder of an interstate in Tennessee ended with nine officers opening fire. Landon Eastep, 37, was killed Thursday after he pulled a "shiny cylindrical object" from his pocket while standing along Interstate 65, said police, who added...

It Began With a Bobby Pin. Now She Has a New Home

TikTokker Demi Skipper describes 'surreal' trading spree that nabbed her a Nashville abode

(Newser) - A few months into the coronavirus pandemic, Demi Skipper offered up a bobby pin for trade. She's been trading up ever since, acquiring an Xbox, a diamond necklace, and several cars. But the 30-year-old San Francisco resident, who amassed 5 million followers while documenting her trades with strangers on...

4 Charged in $750K Murder-for-Hire Plot

Police say Texas' Erik Charles Maund paid to have Tenn. couple killed to avoid exposing affair

(Newser) - A Texas auto dealer hired former US Marines and a purported former member of the Israeli Defense Forces to kill a Nashville, Tenn., couple found shot to death last year, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday. It describes an elaborate murder-for-hire plot that began after 46-year-old Erik Charles Maund...

7 Hurt After Black Friday Mall Shootings in NC, Tacoma

And in Tennessee, 3 are dead, 4 wounded after mass shooting in Nashville apartment

(Newser) - A trio of shootings across the US left three dead and nearly a dozen injured on Black Friday. NBC News reports that the three fatalities happened at an apartment in Nashville, Tenn., in an incident that also left four injured. Per WKRN , police responded to the shooting that took place...

Hero Pastor Tackles, Disarms Gunman

Suspect waved firearm at Nashville congregation

(Newser) - A pastor in Nashville, Tennessee, says he was acting as God's instrument when he tackled and disarmed a man who had been waving a gun at his congregation. Police say the heroic actions of pastor Ezekiel Ndikumana and other members of the Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church "saved...

Truck Drivers Warned About 'Stowaway Game'

People have been seen riding the outside of moving trucks

(Newser) - A man critically injured on a highway in Nashville Monday night may have been playing an incredibly dangerous game. Nashville police say the man was seen on the side of Interstate 40 trying to stop vehicles. Police say he jumped on a stopped tractor-trailer "for reasons unknown" and fell...

Police: Case of Mistaken Ride-Sharing Car Ended in Rape

Suspect has been arrested in connection with May incident in Nashville

(Newser) - More than four months after a woman says she was kidnapped in Nashville and raped by a man she wrongly thought was a ride-share driver, police say an arrest has been made. Randall Corey Johnson, of Lebanon, Tenn., has been charged in connection with the May 24 incident, reports the...

Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall, 85, Dies
Country Music Hall of Famer
Tom T. Hall, 85, Dies
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Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall, 85, Dies

The songwriter behind Harper Valley P.T.A. had a string of hits

(Newser) - Country music legend Tom T. Hall has died. He was 85. Hall, a fixture in Nashville since the ‘60s and a Grand Ole Opry cast member since 1971, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Hall, who was born Thomas Hall and added the T...

Dolly Parton: 'This Is the House That Whitney Built'

She invested profit from I Will Always Love You cover in Black neighborhood in Nashville

(Newser) - When Whitney Houston sang—and, in a way, reinvented—Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, Parton made a lot of money. And that money got reinvested in the Black community. Houston recorded her cover for The Bodyguard in 1992, and it was a bigger hit for her than...

With Radio Host on Ventilator, His Brother Backs Vaccinations

Phil Valentine's listeners have said they changed their minds on the shots, too

(Newser) - Now that Phil Valentine, the conservative radio talk show host, has been hospitalized with COVID-19 and placed on a ventilator, some of his listeners are deciding to get vaccinated after all. One of them is his brother. "As soon as I found out this thing had hit him like...

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