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Family: Riley Strain Was 'Helped' Into River
Riley Strain
Was 'Helped'
Into River
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Family: Riley Strain Was 'Helped' Into River

Mom Michelle Whiteid says text message raises possibility that his drink was drugged

(Newser) - Having had nearly a month to process Riley Strain's death in Nashville, mother Michelle Whiteid says she's bothered by text messages the 22-year-old sent her before he was asked to leave a downtown bar on March 8. Strain, whose body was discovered less than two weeks later in...

American Idol Alum Found Dead in Nashville

No word on cause of death for 47-year-old Grammy winner Mandisa Hundley, on show's Season 5

(Newser) - A singer who performed on the fifth season of American Idol nearly 20 years ago died Thursday in Tennessee's capital. "We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased," a rep for the singer says in a statement, per People . "At this time...

Country Star Morgan Wallen Ends Weekend in the Pokey

Star arrested in Nashville after cops say he hurled a chair off a bar rooftop

(Newser) - Morgan Wallen had quite the weekend in Nashville, ending his Sunday night out in Tennessee's capital with an arrest. WKRN reports that the 30-year-old country star was detained after allegedly throwing a chair from the rooftop of the six-story Chief's bar, owned by fellow country performer (and Field ...

Riley Strain Found Dead in Nashville
Riley Strain Found
Dead in Nashville

Riley Strain Found Dead in Nashville

Body of missing 22-year-old University of Missouri student found in Cumberland River

(Newser) - Some sad news regarding missing University of Missouri student Riley Strain, who disappeared earlier this month while on a fraternity trip to Tennessee: Authorities in Nashville say they've found the 22-year-old's body, reports the AP . An update from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says that Strain's body...

Newly Released Footage Shows Riley Strain Talking to Cop

The college student disappeared shortly thereafter

(Newser) - Riley Strain, the University of Missouri student who vanished on a fraternity trip to Nashville on March 8, is seen in newly released police bodycam footage interacting with an officer shortly before he disappeared that night. Strain is seen walking past an officer on a Gay Street sidewalk adjacent to...

Student Who Disappeared Had One Drink: Bar

Owners don't say why they kicked out Riley Strain, who was visiting Nashville

(Newser) - The owners of a Nashville bar said a college student was served only one alcoholic drink before his disappearance on a University of Missouri fraternity trip. The downtown bar, which is owned by country star Luke Bryan, also gave Riley Strain two glasses of water, they said, NBC News reports....

Missing Student May Have Been Overserved

Riley Strain was kicked out of Luke Bryan's bar in Nashville

(Newser) - A college student who has been missing in Nashville since last Friday night may have been overserved at country star Luke Bryan's bar, authorities say. Riley Strain, a 22-year-old University of Missouri senior, was kicked out of Luke's 32 Bridge around 9:45pm on Friday and his friends...

Two College Students Missing in Separate Incidents

Riley Strain of the University of Missouri and Caleb Harris of Texas A&M

(Newser) - Two college students are missing and the subject of police searches, one in Nashville and the other in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • Nashville: A University of Missouri student went missing Friday during a trip to Nashville with his fraternity brothers. Riley Strain, 22, a member of the Delta Chi fraternity, became

Plane Was Cleared for Emergency Landing, Didn't Make It

Plane crashes off highway near Nashville's John C. Tune Airport, killing 5

(Newser) - A single-engine plane crashed near a highway in Nashville, Tennessee, just a few miles short of the airport it had tried to reach for an emergency landing on Monday, killing five people aboard, authorities said, per the AP . The pilot made an emergency call to John C. Tune Airport around...

College Freshman Fatally Struck by Stray Bullet in Park

Jillian Ludwig, 18, attended Belmont University in Nashville

(Newser) - An 18-year-old college freshman was fatally struck in the head by a stray bullet as she walked in a park near Belmont University in Nashville, where she was a student. Jillian Ludwig was hit as she walked on a track in Edgehill Memorial Gardens Park on Tuesday afternoon, reports CNN...

Chief Condemns Leak of School Shooter's Writings

He confirms writings from Nashville shooter Audrey Hale are authentic

(Newser) - Nashville Police Chief John Drake says he's "disturbed" over the unauthorized release of writings from the shooter who killed six people , including three children, at the Covenant school in March. Drake confirmed the authenticity of the writings in a statement late Monday evening, the AP reports. "This...

TBI: Police Chief's Son Took Own Life After Chase

John C. Drake Jr., suspect in weekend shooting of 2 cops, was found dead on Tuesday

(Newser) - The search for the estranged son of the head of Nashville's police force has come to a grim end. Authorities say John C. Drake Jr. was found dead in South Nashville on Tuesday, three days after he allegedly shot and injured two police officers, per the Tennessean . Drake Jr....

Police Search for Chief's Son After Shooting of Officers

Struggle took place outside a Dollar General during a stolen vehicle investigation

(Newser) - Police in Tennessee were searching Sunday for the estranged son of Nashville's police chief as the suspect in the shooting of two police officers outside a Dollar General store. Officers in La Vergne, a city about 20 miles southeast of Nashville, were investigating a stolen vehicle outside the store...

Trans Teen, Family 'Run Out of Town on a Rail'
Trans Teen, Family
'Run Out of Town on a Rail'

Trans Teen, Family 'Run Out of Town on a Rail'

'New Yorker' piece dives into how laws in Tennessee, and in South in general, have affected LGBTQ youth

(Newser) - Tennessee has passed nearly 20 anti-LGBTQ+ laws since 2015, among the highest in the nation, per the Human Rights Campaign. For Kristen Chapman, that number is more than just a statistic—it proved to be the death knell for her family's future in the Volunteer State, as her 17-year-daughter,...

As 'Tennessee Three' Member Is Silenced, Shouts of 'Fascists'

GOP lawmakers in state House bar Dem Rep. Justin Jones from speaking amid tense session

(Newser) - Republican lawmakers voted Monday to temporarily silence a Democratic member of the so-called "Tennessee Three" during an already tense House floor session after determining the young Black member violated newly enacted rules designed to punish disruptive members. The move directed at Rep. Justin Jones prohibited him from speaking on...

In Nashville, 'Outlaw' Country Artists Push Back on Tradition

Alternative performers pigeonholed as 'Americana' try to break into the mainstream—but it's not easy

(Newser) - When you hear "Tennessee," it's hard not to think of "Music City"—the nickname for the state capital of Nashville, home to the Grand Ole Opry and the heart of country music. But while that may call forth visions of white dudes in cowboy boots...

Now Threatened With Bud Light-Related Boycott: Garth Brooks
Now Threatened by
Bud Light Boycott:
Garth Brooks

Now Threatened by Bud Light Boycott: Garth Brooks

Country star says his Nashville bar will sell every beer

(Newser) - The latest to be threatened with a boycott related to LGBTQ+ issues is Garth Brooks. The country singer is opening the Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk in Nashville's South Broadway district this summer, and in an interview with Billboard last week, he said, "If you’...

Their Uplifting TikTok Ditty Went Viral in a Hurry
This Uplifting TikTok
Ditty Has Struck a Chord

This Uplifting TikTok Ditty Has Struck a Chord

'If I Were a Fish' has resonated online with its message of acceptance

(Newser) - They didn't set out to create a viral online sensation, but a Nashville couple has nevertheless done so with a song equal parts catchy and uplifting. The song is "If I Were a Fish," and the singers are Corinne Savage (whose stage name is Corook) and her...

After School Shooting, Tennessee Moves to Shield Gunmakers

Bill passes state Senate to protect manufacturers from liability, will now head to governor

(Newser) - In the wake of a deadly school shooting last month, Republican lawmakers in Tennessee awarded final passage Tuesday to a proposal that would further protect gun and ammunition dealers, manufacturers, and sellers against lawsuits. The Senate's 19-9 vote sends the bill to Republican Gov. Bill Lee, despite pushback from...

Florist Refuses RNC Job: 'There's Blood on That Money'

Owners of FLWR Shop urge others in the event industry to follow their lead

(Newser) - The owners of a Nashville floral shop have turned down a lucrative opportunity to provide flowers for a Republican National Committee fundraising event, saying the blood of the those killed in a recent school shooting in the city would be on any money received. The event—which will include former...

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