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A Death Again Mars Bonnaroo

27-year-old found unresponsive in campground, apparently had pre-existing condition

(Newser) - A 27-year-old man died Saturday at Bonnaroo, dealing the music festival its second concertgoer death in as many years, reports the Tennessean . The man was found unresponsive at a campsite where he was camping with his father; festival officials say its EMT team was on the scene within minutes and... More »

It Was a Brutal Night for Cops in Memphis

At least 24 hurt in protest over fatal shooting by US Marshals

(Newser) - At least two dozen police officers were hurt Wednesday while trying to fend off protesters in Memphis, where tensions are high following a fatal shooting by US marshals. Police say protesters angered by the death of the man in north Memphis—which reportedly occurred on the lawn of his family... More »

Taylor Swift Gets Political—Again

The singer urges her home-state senator to back LGBTQ rights

(Newser) - Taylor Swift re-entered the political arena Saturday with a polite but pressing letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Hill reports. "I respect your position in our country and your ability to really impact positive moves forward," she wrote the Republican from her home state of Tennessee, but urged... More »

Tennessee Church Shooter Learns His Fate

Emanuel Samson gets life without parole

(Newser) - A Tennessee jury deliberated less than two hours Tuesday before sentencing the man who shot up a Nashville church in 2017 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. On Friday, the jury found Emanuel Kidega Samson guilty of murder in the death of Melanie Crow. Samson also injured... More »

Police: Dating This Guy Cost a Woman $80K

But police have arrested the suspect, John Martin Hill

(Newser) - Have a bad online dating experience? At least you didn't go out with John Martin Hill. The alleged scammer was caught Tuesday after police say he met a woman on Match.com and swindled her out of $80,000, NBC News reports. Hill, 35, apparently convinced the woman from... More »

Inmate Sings Hymns Until Execution Drugs Kick In

Don Johnson spent 34 years on death row

(Newser) - A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis prayed and sang hymns as he was put to death Thursday in Tennessee. Don Johnson, 68, was executed via lethal injection inside a maximum-security Nashville prison for the 1984 suffocation of his wife,... More »

Inmate Declines Special Last Meal, Wants to Feed Homeless

Donnie Johnson turns down $20 meal, asks supporters to feed the homeless instead

(Newser) - Donnie Edward Johnson declined to choose a special last meal, and will eat what the general prison population eats before his 7pm execution Thursday. But the convicted murderer is calling for his supporters to buy a meal for a homeless person, the Tennessean reports. Johnson's lawyer says he was... More »

New Pedestrian Bridge Not for the Faint of Heart

SkyBridge opens next month in Gatlinburg, Tenn., in Great Smoky Mountains

(Newser) - Those who like the Great Smoky Mountains and have no fear of heights might want to plan a road trip to Tennessee in the near future. What's being billed as the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the US will open in Gatlinburg on May 17. The SkyBridge at the... More »

A Tragic Twist in Tennessee Slayings Timeline

Warrant for Michael Cummins' arrest was being prepared the day before 7 bodies were found

(Newser) - A tragic revelation in the killings of seven people in Tennessee's Sumner County: On Friday, the day before the bodies were found , a probation officer was preparing a warrant for suspect Michael Cummins' arrest. Cummins allegedly violated a no-contact order with a neighbor whose home he set on fire... More »

Death Toll Hits 7 in Tennessee Slayings

Cops found 2 more bodies while processing crime scene

(Newser) - Police investigating five murders in Tennessee on Saturday made an additional horrific find: Two more bodies in one of the two homes that were searched in rural Sumner County. Michael Cummins, the 25-year-old suspect in all seven slayings, was taken into custody after a massive manhunt Saturday night. Police say... More »

Cops Investigating Whether This Man Knew 5 Victims

Michael Cummins is arrested in shootout with police after hours-long manhunt

(Newser) - Police are investigating whether a suspect captured after an hours-long manhunt knew five people whose bodies were discovered in two homes in rural Tennessee. Michael Cummins, 25, was taken into custody Saturday night after being shot about a mile away from one of the Sumner County crime scenes, said Tennessee... More »

What the Heck? Theater Alters Film Name to Hide 'Profanity'

'Hellboy' is now 'Heckboy' on marquee of theater in Dickson, Tenn.

(Newser) - If you want to catch a screening of Hellboy at the Roxy 8 movie theater in Dickson, Tenn., you're out of luck. You will, however, be able to watch Heckboy. That's how the theater is billing Neil Marshall's R-rated film, a reboot of the 2004 superhero flick,... More »

Court Bans Parking Enforcement Practice in 4 States

Authorities can use photos instead

(Newser) - Marking a tire with chalk to track how long a car has been parked is unconstitutional, per a first-of-its-kind ruling that could force cities to adopt new approaches to parking enforcement. The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee on Monday found tire-chalking is an... More »

Racist Symbol Used in New Zealand Shows Up in Tennessee

Hashtag-like symbol painted near burned building at the Highlander Center

(Newser) - You may not be familiar with the Highlander Education and Research Center, but you certainly know the names attached to it: The prominent social justice organization hosted the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks decades ago; on Friday, its main office was completely burned in a fire... More »

Toddler Was on Her Backyard Slide When Stray Bullet Came

Ariel Salaices of Tennessee, 2, is on life support

(Newser) - A 2-year-old girl is on life support in a Tennesee hospital after being struck by a stray bullet while playing in her backyard with her brothers. Ariel Salaices was on a slide when she was shot, ABC News reports. Her mother said the girl fell off the slide, then walked... More »

Distillery to Pepsi: 'Mountain Dew' Is Fair Game for Moonshiners

Ole Smoky Moonshine says the brand name has long been a descriptor for hooch in Appalachia

(Newser) - In Appalachia, those who distill moonshine have long called their product "mountain dew," and the descriptor as such can even be found in the dictionary . That's exactly what a Tennessee distillery is counting on as it fights to force PepsiCo to let it, and others, use the... More »

Report: Luke Perry's Ashes Scattered on His Farm

TMZ says actor was cremated, and remains spread over his beloved Tennessee property

(Newser) - The initial confusion around Luke Perry's apparent burial appears to have been cleared up with a report he wasn't buried at all. Perry, who died March 4 after suffering a massive stroke, was cremated and his ashes spread over his Tennessee farm—"the place he most cherished,... More »

Dad Charged With Giving Gun to Mass Shooting Suspect

He knew son was mentally ill, prosecutors say

(Newser) - The father of a man accused of killing four people at a Waffle House in Tennessee last year has been charged with unlawful delivery of a firearm in Illinois, a prosecutor announced Thursday. Jeffrey Reinking's son, Travis Reinking, has been held without bond on first-degree murder charges since the... More »

8th-Grade Slavery Homework Leaves Folks 'Flabbergasted'

'Create a list of expectations for your family's slaves,' read Tenn. assignment

(Newser) - Thursday's headlines revolved around Virginia's first lady asking African-American students to imagine being slaves ; Friday's headlines center on asking students to imagine they were the slave owners themselves. Per the Tennessean , that ask came via an 8th-grade homework assignment at Sunset Middle School in Williamson County, Tenn.... More »

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 »

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