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4-Year-Old Saves Toddler Sister: 'I Grabbed Her Tummy'

Gray Forrester was in the right place at the right time when 2-year-old Andie fell in the pool

(Newser) - Gray Forrester is just barely school age, but the 5-year-old has already earned the label of hero. WBIR reports that Gray was just 4 during an incident in their Knoxville, Tenn., yard that led to his 2-year-old sister, Andie, almost drowning. Their mom, Laura, said on the day in question... More »

Fugitive Disbarred Attorney Captured After 8 Months

Richard Merritt is accused of killing his own mother

(Newser) - A disbarred attorney from Georgia who allegedly killed his mother and went on the run instead of surrendering to serve a prison sentence has been recaptured after eight months as a fugitive. Authorities say Richard Merritt was arrested by the US Marshals Service in a thrift store in Nashville on... More »

Teen's Messages With Other Boy Were Posted. Hours Later, He Was Dead

Channing Smith, 16, killed himself in his Tennessee home

(Newser) - On the night of Sunday, Sept. 22, Channing Smith, 16, saw that private, sexually explicit messages between himself and a male classmate had been posted to Instagram and Snapchat. Within hours, Channing was dead, having taken his own life. His family says the cyberbullying is to blame; the Tennessee high... More »

NFL Game Gets Off to a Literally Fiery Start

Field catches on fire at Nissan Stadium in Nashville before Titans-Colts game

(Newser) - If the Indianapolis Colts were looking for a heated showdown against the Tennessee Titans, they got it Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. CNN reports on an actual fire that broke out on the field during the Titans' home opener, right before kickoff as the players burst onto the field... More »

She Gave Birth on 9/11. Then, the Doctor's 'Oh, My Goodness'

Newborn Christina Malone-Brown was born at 9:11pm weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces

(Newser) - A Mississippi couple welcomed a 9-pound, 11-ounce baby into the world on 9/11, at 9:11pm, the AP reports. The Commercial Appeal reports Christina Malone-Brown was born by cesarean section at a hospital in Germantown, Tenn. Christina's father, Justin Brown, says bystanders joked his family should play the lottery.... More »

Grandkids' Visit Turns Into Murder-Suicide in Tennessee

Police say man shot and killed his wife, grandson, then himself

(Newser) - Two young siblings were visiting their grandparents' Tennessee home when things went unimaginably wrong. Police say Terry Majors, 64, shot and killed his wife Leigh Shea-Majors, 61, and his 6-year-old grandson, Ty Dodson, before fatally shooting himself Saturday. Ty's 4-year-old sister ran to a neighbor's house for help... More »

$5K Lawsuit Targets Chicken Sandwiches

Craig Barr accuses Popeyes of deceptive business practices

(Newser) - A Tennessee man is suing Popeyes Chicken because, he says, they ran out of chicken sandwiches. Craig Barr filed the $5,000 suit Wednesday after what he called repeated attempts to buy the sandwich at different locations, NBC News reports. "I can't get happy; I have this sandwich... More »

Treasure Hunter's Big Find Near Waterfall: a Man's Last Moments

YouTuber finds GoPro camera of Richard Ragland, who drowned in Tennessee in 2017

(Newser) - A recent find in the waters near a Tennessee waterfall won't bring back Richard Ragland, who drowned there two years ago, but it may answer a few questions and bring his family some closure. YouTuber Rich Aloha, who hunts for treasure as a hobby, tells WSB that he was... More »

Inmate's Last Words in Electric Chair: 'Jesus Wept'

Tennessee executes man for murder of mother, daughter

(Newser) - On Thursday night, Tennessee executed an inmate in the electric chair at Nashville's Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, marking the chair's third use since November. Stephen Michael West, convicted of murdering a mother and her teenage daughter in their home in 1986, chose the method over lethal injection earlier... More »

Surgical 'Never Event' Leads to $25M Lawsuit

Woman had stent put in wrong kidney at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

(Newser) - Two doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have admitted to implanting a stent in the wrong kidney of a woman who sued in March for more than $25 million. Carla Miller of Jackson, Tenn., died two months later, though her children are continuing with the lawsuit and will argue kidney... More »

His Chance of Surviving Birth Was 5%. He Did—and More

Cooper Kilburn, 2, has successful reconstruction of airway, larynx

(Newser) - "We planned for this surgery from day one of Cooper's life." Two years later, it happened—successfully. That quote comes from Dr. Jerome Thompson, an otolaryngologist who led the team that pulled off a world first at Memphis' Le Bonheur Children's Hospital: successfully giving Cooper Kilburn... More »

Cops: Disgruntled Employee Killed 2 Walmart Workers

Shooting took place Southaven, Mississippi

(Newser) - A gunman described as a disgruntled Walmart employee fatally shot two co-workers and wounded a police officer before he was shot and arrested Tuesday at a Walmart store in northern Mississippi, authorities said. Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore said the man, whom he did not name, shot a Southaven... More »

US Siblings' Swim During Guatemala Trip Turns Fatal

Tennessee teen dead, his sister injured after electrical short in hotel pool

(Newser) - A trip to Guatemala turned tragic for a pair of Tennessee siblings Friday when, as they were swimming in their hotel pool, an electrical short occurred, killing one and injuring the other. Seth Washam, 18, who was killed, was slated to attend Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn., in the... More »

Cops Warn About 'Meth-Gators'

'We shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do'

(Newser) - The effects of methamphetamine on alligators is not fully understood, per USA Today —though we might soon find out. Tennessee's Loretta Police Department warned people not to flush meth and other drugs over the weekend for fear of creating "meth-gators." "Ducks, Geese, and other fowl... More »

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 »

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