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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 »

Mom of Missing Toddler Arrested

Megan Boswell, charged with false reports, implicates her own mom

(Newser) - The conflicting statements offered by the mother of a Tennessee toddler last seen in December but only reported missing a week ago have led to an arrest. Megan Boswell, mother of 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of false reports, according to the Sullivan County... More »

Missing Toddler Case Is 'Unlike Anything' Before

Evelyn Boswell's mother didn't report her missing for over 2 months

(Newser) - A missing-toddler case made headlines Friday when the girl's grandmother was pulled over in a reportedly stolen BMW, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports. Angela Boswell, 42, and her companion William McCloud, 33, were arrested in North Carolina and charged with possessing stolen property. Whether this helps in finding Evelyn Boswell—... More »

They Tried to Save His Life. Before Death, He Thanked Them

Nicholas Sutton chose electric chair over lethal injection

(Newser) - A convicted murderer was put to death in Tennessee's electric chair Thursday, becoming the state's fifth prisoner over 16 months to choose electrocution over the state's preferred method of lethal injection. Nicholas Sutton, 58, was pronounced dead at 7:26pm at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in... More »

10 US States Where Your Vices Can Run Amok

Nevada is the most sinful, Vermont the most upright

(Newser) - Lent begins next week, and for many, the denial of certain vices and bad behaviors in an attempt to give something up during the religious observance. In some states, though, the temptation may just be too much. WalletHub looked at nearly four dozen metrics in all 50 states across seven... More »

The People Trying to Halt His Execution Are Unexpected

Among them: the daughter of one of the people Nick Sutton murdered

(Newser) - Death row inmate Nick Sutton has an unusual group of supporters seeking to block his scheduled execution Thursday. Among them are family members of his victims, as well as past and present prison workers calling for clemency. Sutton, 58, was sentenced to death in 1986 for killing fellow inmate Carl... More »

Armed Corrections Officer Shot Dead by Police

Travis Mullins allegedly pointed a gun at officers

(Newser) - A corrections officer accused of targeting a woman he had been dating in a store parking lot was shot and killed by a police officer in Tennessee. Travis Mullins, 29, was pronounced dead Monday evening outside a Lowe's Home Improvement store in Greeneville, WBIR reports. Greeneville police were called... 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 »

Cops: Mayor Embezzled From His Own Grandmother

Tennessee's Chris Jones allegedly stole $394K while she had dementia

(Newser) - The mayor of a Tennessee town is behind bars, where he could remain for the next 25 years. Mount Carmel's Chris Jones was arrested Monday, days after he was indicted on charges of stealing nearly $400,000 from his grandmother, who suffered from dementia in the year before she... More »

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