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Teen Killed in Shooting After High School Graduation

Another teen was injured in the Tennessee shooting

(Newser) - One person was killed and another injured in a shooting after a high school graduation at Middle Tennessee State University, according to police. Police confirmed the shooting Wednesday night after the Riverdale High School graduation at Murphy Center, an on-campus arena. Authorities said the ceremony for 450 seniors had already...

KFC Worker Calls 911 After Customer Writes Note for Help

Woman told Memphis police that her boyfriend was holding her against her will

(Newser) - A Memphis woman told police her partner was holding her against her will, had confiscated her phone, and punched her in the face when she tried to leave. That she was able to speak to police was thanks to her quick thinking, and a KFC worker who took action. The...

Nurse Who Doled Out Fatal Meds Avoids Jail Time

RaDonda Vaught gets 3 years of supervised probation for death of Charlene Murphey

(Newser) - RaDonda Vaught, the Tennessee nurse behind a fatal medicine mix-up that killed a 75-year-old woman in 2017, won't be going to prison. WTVF reports that the 38-year-old former nurse at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center was sentenced Friday to three years of supervised probation, following emotional testimony from...

Bill: Drunk Drivers Who Kill Parents Must Compensate Kids

Bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Bill Lee in Tennessee

(Newser) - Drunk drivers who kill the parent of a minor will be forced to pay child support until the child reaches the age of 18 under a new law to be signed in Tennessee. House Bill 1834 unanimously passed the state Senate on Wednesday after gaining unanimous support in the state...

Texas Executes Its Oldest Death Row Inmate

As Tennessee issues temporary reprieve to an inmate there

(Newser) - Texas’ oldest death row inmate was executed Thursday for killing a Houston police officer during a traffic stop nearly 32 years ago. Carl Wayne Buntion, 78, was executed at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. He was condemned for the June 1990 fatal shooting of Houston police officer James Irby, a...

Trump-Backed 'Carpetbagger' Kicked Off Tennessee Ballot

Party says Morgan Ortagus didn't meet residency requirement

(Newser) - The Tennessee Republican Party has voted to kick three candidates off the GOP primary ballot in the state's reconfigured 5th Congressional District—including one supported by Donald Trump. Party officials said the executive committee voted to remove Morgan Ortagus, Baxter Lee, and Robby Starbuck from the August primary ballot...

For Anteater in Tennessee Zoo, a Big Rabies First

Rabies has never been seen in this species before; anteater may have brought it from Va. to Tenn.

(Newser) - A rabies variant not usually seen in Tennessee apparently found its way there via Virginia, and a captive anteater is getting the blame. A CDC report published Friday cites the case of a particular southern tamandua, aka lesser anteater (even fancier name: Tamandua tetradactyla), that may have exposed more than...

Tenn. Lawmaker Cites Hitler as Example for the Homeless

Frank Niceley: After living on streets, Hitler 'went on to lead life that got him in the history books'

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker in Tennessee stunned his colleagues Wednesday when he shared the story of a homeless man who turned his life around—Adolf Hitler. During a debate on a bill banning homeless encampments on public property, State Sen. Frank Niceley told lawmakers he "wanted to give a little...

This Is the Most Stressed State in America

Louisiana is one big stress ball, according to latest WalletHub rankings

(Newser) - To say we've collectively and individually been stressed over the past two years is probably an understatement, but the stress levels are higher in some parts of the US than others. WalletHub looked at all 50 states, examining more than three dozen metrics in four categories: stress related to...

Nurse on Trial for Homicide After Mistake in Hospital
Nurse in Fatal Drug
Mix-Up Hears Her Fate
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Nurse in Fatal Drug Mix-Up Hears Her Fate

RaDonda Vaught found guilty of negligent homicide, gross neglect in death of 75-year-old patient

(Newser) - Update: RaDonda Vaught has been found guilty in the death of an elderly patient after a fatal drug mistake. The Tennessean and NPR report that a jury in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday convicted the former nurse of criminally negligent homicide and gross neglect of an impaired adult, tied to the...

Camel Fatally Attacks 2 Men at Tennessee Farm

Deputies had to put the animal down

(Newser) - A camel somehow got free at a Tennessee farm Thursday and went on the attack, leaving two men dead. The details of the rampage are not clear, but Bobby Matheny, 42, of Ridgely, Tenn., and Tommy Gunn, 67, of Obion, Tenn., were pronounced dead at the scene, the New York ...

Tennessee Mom at Center of a 'Difficult and Shocking' Case

Melissa Blair is accused of trading items like vape pens to teen boys for sexual favors

(Newser) - A Tennessee mom who was an active parent at a local school is accused of being a little too active, allegedly trading items to teen boys for sexual favors. Law & Crime reports that 38-year-old Melissa Blair has been indicted for charges including statutory rape, after allegedly making contact with...

Mom Who Fatally Stabbed Her 4 Kids Learns Fate

Shanynthia Gardner sentenced in 2016 slayings

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman convicted of stabbing her four children to death was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, the AP reports. Criminal Court Judge James Lammey Jr. found Shanynthia Gardner, 34, guilty last month of the 2016 slayings of the children, ages 4, 3, 2 and 5 months. Another child,...

2 Inmates Dead After Tennessee Jailbreak

Johnny Shane Brown is still at large

(Newser) - Two inmates who escaped from a county jail in Tennessee on Friday are dead and a third is still at large, authorities say. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office says Tobias Wayne Carr, 38, and Timothy Allen Sarver, 45, were "confirmed deceased" following a convenience store robbery and multi-county...

Jury Rejects Parole in 4 Slayings at Waffle House

Travis Reinking was convicted of first-degree murder for 2018 shootings in Nashville, Tenn.

(Newser) - Update: After listening to relatives testify for two hours Saturday about their loved ones who were killed at a Waffle House in 2018, a jury decided to impose a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole on Travis Reinking. Family members sobbed as they told the court in...

Family Missing for 10 Days Found Dead in Vehicle

Investigators say they died when vehicle came off Tennessee bridge

(Newser) - A Tennessee family died in a tragedy that was undetected for 10 days, authorities say. The bodies of 39-year-old Jeremy Cook; his fiancee, 28-year-old Johanna Manor; and her daughter, 8-year-old Adalicia Manor, were found in Wednesday in a crashed vehicle in a ravine near Interstate 840 in Williamson County, Fox...

After School Board Bans Maus, It Soars on Amazon

They objected to language, violence in Art Spiegelman's Holocaust book

(Newser) - Update: A Tennessee school board's decision to keep Art Spiegelman's Maus out of the hands of 8th-graders has fueled a buying spree. Mediaite reports that as of Sunday, the hardcover format of The Complete Maus is the No. 1 best seller on Amazon in the books category . Other...

9 Officers Open Fire on Man Standing Along Highway

Police say Landon Eastep pulled out something they feared was a weapon

(Newser) - Negotiations to try to coax a man with mental issues off the shoulder of an interstate in Tennessee ended with nine officers opening fire. Landon Eastep, 37, was killed Thursday after he pulled a "shiny cylindrical object" from his pocket while standing along Interstate 65, said police, who added...

Boy Who Wrote Letter About Guns and Murder Is Shot Dead

12-year-old criticized Tennessee's permitless gun law

(Newser) - In one of his classes at a Memphis middle school, 12-year-old Artemis Rayford wrote a letter to Tennessee's governor about a new state law that allows those 21 and up to carry a gun without training or a permit. "It is my opinion that this new law will...

Here Are the 10 States People Are Fleeing

Residents are especially saying so long to New Jersey

(Newser) - Over the past year, people in the US made some major life changes—including moving out of state. Whether it was to be closer to family during the pandemic or simply a desire for a life in a less-dense area, plenty of Americans made mini-migrations across state lines. United Van...

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