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Oops: State's Biggest Paper Publishes Full-Page Anti-Islam Ad

'Tennessean' investigating how ad got through approval process

(Newser) - Somehow, a full-page ad claiming "Islam" would be detonating a bomb in Nashville appeared in the Tennessean newspaper Sunday. The paper, Tennessee's largest , is now apologizing, and saying it will probe how the ad came to be published, the New York Times reports. "Clearly there was a... 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 »

Judge Says All State's Voters Must Have Postal Option

Tennessee judge calls limits an 'unreasonable burden' on the right to vote

(Newser) - Tennessee must give all of its 4.1 million registered voters the option to cast ballots by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, a judge ruled Thursday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that the state's limits on absentee voting during the pandemic constitute "an unreasonable burden on... 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 »

Bear Burglar Swipes Allergy Medicine, 8 Pounds of Candy

Animal surprised friends staying in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Friday

(Newser) - Friends visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park received a shock over the weekend when a black bear came knocking. Michelle Eberhart of Shelbyville, Ind., says she and a friend noticed a black bear trying to force its way through the back door of their rental cabin in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on... More »

Tennessee Authorities Think They've Nabbed a Serial Killer

Suspect Clark Perry Baldwin identified through genetic genealogy

(Newser) - Authorities in Tennessee believe they've nabbed a serial killer. Clark Perry Baldwin, a 59-year-old former truck driver, was arrested in Iowa Wednesday and charged in the 1991 death of a 24-weeks-pregnant woman in Tennessee. In March 1991, Pamela McCall was been found strangled in Spring Hill, Tenn., a few... More »

Cops Have Person of Interest in Evelyn Boswell's Death

But they didn't say much more

(Newser) - Authorities have a person of interest in the death of 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell, whose body was found in Tennessee in March. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office declined to identify the person of interest, who is under investigation, per WJHL . Evelyn's mother, 18-year-old Megan Boswell, remains in jail following... More »

3 Female Employees of Truck Stop Stabbed to Death

It happened Tuesday morning outside of Knoxville, Tennessee

(Newser) - There are fewer people on America's roads these days, but one of them proved deadly. Police say a 33-year-old North Carolina man stabbed four women at a Tennessee truck stop on Tuesday morning, killing three. All worked at the Pilot Travel Center off I-40 near Knoxville and have been... More »

Tennessee Students Get a Surprise During Online Class

Peyton Manning showed up

(Newser) - Peyton Manning went back to school on Thursday, surprising a University of Tennessee class assembled in an online video chat. The former Volunteers quarterback joined the remote communications class via Zoom only to be jokingly lectured by associate professor John Haas for being late, per CNN . "You know, if... More »

10 States Waging an Aggressive War Against Coronavirus

And 10 that may need to step it up

(Newser) - As "social distancing" and "flattening the curve" become part of our coronavirus vernacular, certain states are taking extra-aggressive measures to ensure its residents stay healthy. WalletHub wanted to see which states have done the most in terms of limiting exposure to the virus, looking at nearly 36 metrics... More »

This Guy Bought 18K Bottles of Hand Saniziter

And now Matt Colvin is in the media spotlight

(Newser) - Matt Colvin isn't exactly feeling the love. In early March—with the coronavirus spreading across America—he bought out hand-sanitizer bottles and antibacterial-wipes in small stores across Tennessee and part of Kentucky, then resold them for a hefty profit on Amazon. "It was crazy money," he tells... More »

Authorities Confirm Body Is Missing Toddler

Judge agrees to seal autopsy record

(Newser) - A body found in Tennessee is that of a toddler who was reported missing last month, authorities have confirmed. "We have a sad update to pass along in our ongoing search for answers in the death of 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell," the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday. "... More »

Clothing on Body Matches Missing Girl's: Testimony

Evelyn Boswell's disappearance was reported last month

(Newser) - The clothing worn by a child found dead in Tennessee is a match for what a missing toddler was wearing when she was reported missing last month, an investigator said Monday. Officials have said they believe, but have not confirmed, that the remains to be those of Evelyn Boswell, a... More »

Authorities: Remains Are Likely Missing Toddler

Officials believe 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell has been found on Tennessee property

(Newser) - In a case "unlike anything," an apparent ending no one wanted. In what the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation calls a "heartbreaking update," NBC News and ABC News report that authorities believe remains found Friday on a Tennessee property are those of missing toddler Evelyn Mae Boswell.... 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 »

Tornado Victims Included a Young Family of 3

Names of most of those killed in Tennessee storms have been released

(Newser) - Among the victims of Tennessee's devastating tornadoes was a young family of three: Josh and Erin Kimberlin, who were in their 30s, and their toddler son Sawyer. They were among four Putnam County families that lost multiple members in the tragedy, the Tennessean reports; one of the other families... 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 »

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