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NFL Player's New Son Makes Surprise Arrival

Kevin Byard helped his wife Clarke as she gave birth in a bathtub

(Newser) - An NFL player says he made the catch of a lifetime before the 2020 season even started, ESPN reports. Kevin Byard, star safety for the Tennessee Titans, says his wife suddenly gave birth on Aug. 23 in their Tennessee home—and he was the only one there to help. Byard... More »

This Is the Worst US City to Drive In

Oakland is no smooth ride, but you'll be cruising right along in Lincoln, Neb.

(Newser) - While more of us are telecommuting during the pandemic, WalletHub notes that many prefer to drive rather than take public transportation in the COVID-19 era, so it looked at the 100 largest cities in the country to see where driving is the best—and the worst. The site examined 31... More »

These 11 Cities Receive a COVID Warning

Dr. Birx is worried about Baltimore, Cleveland, and 9 others

(Newser) - White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx is worried about 11 US cities in particular because of a surge in positive tests, according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity . Birx warned state and local leaders—the exact participants are unclear—in a private phone call... More »

Taylor Swift Sparks Angry Debate With Tweet Thread

The singer-songwriter wants statues taken down in her home state of Tennessee

(Newser) - Taylor Swift unleashed a string of angry tweets Friday demanding the permanent removal of "racist" statues in Nashville, Rolling Stone reports. Among her appeals, the singer-songwriter urged officials to remove a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest (a "monstrosity") and not replace one of Edward Carmack ("a... More »

Officials Reveal New Element in Tennessee Man's 'Evil Plan'

Alexander Friedmann allegedly had concrete room built to practice jailbreak

(Newser) - A longtime prison reform advocate accused of preparing to stage an escape at a Tennessee jail that's under construction had a builder create a concrete room in his condominium's basement so he could learn how to break into the walls, authorities say. The room built in a storage... More »

70M Americans Face Severe Weather Forecast

That could include tornadoes and hail

(Newser) - Good thing Americans have nothing else to worry about—because severe storms that might include hail and tornadoes are forecast for a good swath of the country on Saturday, CNN reports. "Over 70 million Americans face the threat of severe weather today, with the greatest threat for a significant... More »

Taylor Swift Makes Big Tennessee Move

She's donating $1M to tornado relief

(Newser) - Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to tornado relief efforts in Middle Tennessee, where deadly storms ravaged counties this week, including in Nashville, the AP reports. In an Instagram post made Thursday, Swift said “Nashville is my home.” She added that “the fact that so many people... More »

Group Sues to Extend Voting in Tornado-Hit Tennessee

Storm damage closed 21 polling stations

(Newser) - Advocates have filed a lawsuit in Tennessee seeking to extend Super Tuesday voting until Friday. Hours before polls opened, tornadoes killed at least 24 people in parts of the state including Nashville. The suit filed by the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law states that storm damage affected... More »

Photos Show Devastation of Nashville Tornado

Death toll is at least 25 across the region

(Newser) - The death toll from the tornadoes that ripped through Nashville and central Tennessee overnight has jumped to at least 25, reports the AP . Of those, 16 were in Putnam County, per the Tennessean . At least two fatalities were in Nashville. The new totals came as search crews continued to comb... More »

Deadly Tornado Destroys 40 Buildings in Nashville

Multiple fatalities reported

(Newser) - Search and rescue operations are underway in Nashville and central Tennessee, where a powerful tornado—maybe two—caused fatalities and caused dozens of buildings to collapse early Tuesday, reports the AP . Police report two deaths in East Nashville, and ABC News is reporting four additional deaths—three in Putnam County... More »

Spielberg's Daughter Is Arrested in Nashville

Mikaela Spielberg was charged with domestic violence

(Newser) - About a week ago, Steven Spielberg's daughter said she's a porn star. Now Radar reports that Mikaela Spielberg has been arrested and charged with domestic violence in Nashville, Tennessee. An inmate report shows the 23-year-old was collared Saturday morning, booked soon after, and put under a routine "... More »

Alleged Thief's Mistake: Using Daughter's Journal

Prosecutors say dropped item contained hit list, identifying information

(Newser) - Authorities in Tennessee say they busted a well-organized burglar after he allegedly dropped a notebook during a break-in that contained a list of other places he planned to target. Robert Shull Goddard, 49, is accused of smashing a glass door and breaking into a Nashville area home on Jan. 29,... More »

Students Weep, Faint Over College Merger

Watkins College of Art is set to merge with Belmont University, a Christian institution

(Newser) - A Nashville art college is in turmoil after news broke earlier this week of a merger with Belmont University—a Christian institution that's known to crack down on staffers who go against its faith, Artnet reports. "There is rage and there is fear," said Quinn Dukes, an... More »

Arrest Made in Stabbings Over 'Unwanted Advancement'

Michael Mosely, 23, was arrested Wednesday

(Newser) - Two men killed, four people of interest, and nearly four days without an arrest—until now. Authorities arrested 23-year-old Michael Mosely on Wednesday in the fatal stabbings of two men outside a Nashville bar, including the brother of San Francisco 49ers quarterback CJ Beathard, the Tennessean reports. An array of... More »

'Unwanted Advancement' Led to Death of 49er QB's Brother

Clayton Beathard, friends reportedly stepped in to help the woman

(Newser) - Police still have no suspects in the early Saturday stabbing that killed two at a Nashville bar, including the brother of San Francisco 49ers quarterback CJ Beathard , but they have named a person of interest. The Tennessean reports police want to question Michael D. Mosley, who they say is one... More »

NFL Player's Brother Killed 'Over a Woman'

Clayton Beathard was just 22 years old

(Newser) - The San Francisco 49ers played with aching hearts Saturday after hearing about quarterback CJ Beathard's brother—who had just been killed in Nashville, USA Today reports. Clayton Beathard, 22, was one of two men fatally stabbed outside a bar in what police say was an argument over a woman.... More »

Kid Rock Helped Off Stage After Tirade

The singer-songwriter insults Oprah Winfrey, Joy Behar, and Kathie Lee Gifford

(Newser) - Warning: This story includes words uttered by Kid Rock. The singer-songwriter has yet again spewed vitriol at female celebrities, this time onstage at Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N' Roll Steakhouse in Nashville. "F--k Oprah!" he shouted earlier this week while "clearly intoxicated,"... More »

Country Star Busted for Alleged Drunk Driving

Sam Hunt charged with DUI in East Nashville

(Newser) - Last month, Sam Hunt was performing a Reba McEntire hit at CMT's Artists of the Year awards show. This month, the country music star known for such songs as "Body Like a Back Road" is charged with a DUI, People reports. Hunt, 34, was allegedly driving his truck... More »

TobyMac Pays Homage to Late Son

Truett Foster McKeehan died unexpectedly at 21

(Newser) - It may be weeks before autopsy and toxicology results explain the death of 21-year-old aspiring musician Truett Foster McKeehan—son of Christian recording star TobyMac, reports the Tennessean . McKeehan, who died Wednesday in his Nashville home , essentially grew up rapping on his father's albums and put out his own... More »

Son of Christian Rapper TobyMac Dies at 21

Truett Foster McKeehan died at Nashville-area home

(Newser) - The 21-year-old son of a well-known Christian rapper died suddenly this week, USA Today reports. Truett Foster McKeehan was the oldest child of TobyMac, who got his start with Christian group DC Talk before breaking out into a solo career. "Truett did pass away at home in the Nashville... More »

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