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Judges Reject Redistricting Map Misnumbered by Republicans

Democrats call decision a victory for Tennessee's constitution

(Newser) - A Republican-drawn map for Tennessee's Senate seats violates the state Constitution because lawmakers incorrectly numbered the legislative districts in Democrat-leaning Nashville, affecting which years those seats are on the ballot, a panel of judges ruled Wednesday. The ruling centers on maps passed by the Republican-supermajority Legislature in 2022 during...

Here Are the Chubbiest States in America

And the least chubbiest

(Newser) - "Being overweight is becoming the new normal in America." So says WalletHub in its list of the chubbiest and slimmest states in the nation. The site took a look at obesity and overweight prevalence, health consequences, and food and fitness, and cross-referenced them across 31 health metrics. (Note:...

TBI: Police Chief's Son Took Own Life After Chase

John C. Drake Jr., suspect in weekend shooting of 2 cops, was found dead on Tuesday

(Newser) - The search for the estranged son of the head of Nashville's police force has come to a grim end. Authorities say John C. Drake Jr. was found dead in South Nashville on Tuesday, three days after he allegedly shot and injured two police officers, per the Tennessean . Drake Jr....

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'Run Out of Town on a Rail'

Trans Teen, Family 'Run Out of Town on a Rail'

'New Yorker' piece dives into how laws in Tennessee, and in South in general, have affected LGBTQ youth

(Newser) - Tennessee has passed nearly 20 anti-LGBTQ+ laws since 2015, among the highest in the nation, per the Human Rights Campaign. For Kristen Chapman, that number is more than just a statistic—it proved to be the death knell for her family's future in the Volunteer State, as her 17-year-daughter,...

Friends Retracing Route Find Missing Motorcyclist

Taylor Boyle began trip Sunday morning in Tennessee, was spotted Tuesday night

(Newser) - An extensive search by law enforcement, a private search and rescue team, friends, and strangers paid off when a missing motorcyclist was found alive days after a crash in Tennessee. Taylor Boyle, who was last seen by his family about 10am Sunday, was spotted by friends off the road at...

Alleged Serial Wedding Crasher Arrested at Wedding

57-year-old is accused of stealing money, cards

(Newser) - A 57-year-old woman who has allegedly crashed weddings in three states was arrested at a wedding in Mississippi on September 30. The Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department says Sandra Lynn Henson is charged with petit larceny, trespassing, and disturbing the peace in that state—and that she's been accused...

Silenced Member of 'Tennessee Three' Sues State

State Rep. Justin Jones accuses Republican House speaker of 'discrimination and censorship'

(Newser) - Tennessee Rep. Justin Jones, a young Democrat who has for months been a target of state House Republicans, has had enough. The 28-year-old filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the state, House Speaker Cameron Sexton, and House administrative officials, alleging Republicans have repeatedly violated his constitutional rights by blocking him...

Dad of 3 Killed on His Way to His High School Reunion

Chris Wright was gunned down on a downtown Chattanooga street

(Newser) - A Tennessee father of three was gunned down while he was on his way to his 20-year high school reunion in downtown Chattanooga Thursday, police say. Surveillance footage shows Chris Wright, who was en route to a meetup with alumni from the Baylor School, getting into some sort of argument...

Judge: Blind Side Deal Never Should Have Happened

She ends conservatorship that let Sean, Leigh Anne Tuohy control football player's finances

(Newser) - A Tennessee judge said Friday she's ending a conservatorship agreement between former NFL player Michael Oher and a Memphis couple who took him in when he was in high school, but the highly publicized dispute over financial issues will continue. Shelby County Probate Court Judge Kathleen Gomes said she'...

Unique Spotless Giraffe Gets a Fitting Name

She's dubbed Kipekee, which means 'unique' in Swahili

(Newser) - The rare spotless giraffe born at a Tennessee zoo now has a fitting name. After an online vote, the baby giraffe was named Kipekee, which means "unique" in Swahili. Some 40,000 people from around the world weighed in, chosing Kipekee over Firyali ("unusual" or "extraordinary"),...

As 'Tennessee Three' Member Is Silenced, Shouts of 'Fascists'

GOP lawmakers in state House bar Dem Rep. Justin Jones from speaking amid tense session

(Newser) - Republican lawmakers voted Monday to temporarily silence a Democratic member of the so-called "Tennessee Three" during an already tense House floor session after determining the young Black member violated newly enacted rules designed to punish disruptive members. The move directed at Rep. Justin Jones prohibited him from speaking on...

This Baby Might Be World's Only Giraffe Without Spots

She was born at a Tennessee zoo last month

(Newser) - A spotless giraffe may be the only one of her kind on the planet, according to the zoo where she was born. The baby with no spots was born July 31 at Brights Zoo in Limestone, Tennessee, WJHL reports, and zoo officials say that since spots are able to be...

Shooting Suspect's Dad Killed by Police 20 Years Ago

2004 complaint filed by suspect's mom says her son suffered emotional distress at the time

(Newser) - An eerie detail has emerged after a man fired shots outside of a Jewish school in Memphis, Tennessee, earlier this week. NBC News reports that the father of 33-year-old suspect Joel Bowman was shot dead by Memphis cops in May 2003 after they received a 911 call of him "...

Both Expelled Members of 'Tennessee Three' Win Their Seats Back

Justin Pearson and Justin Jones win their special elections

(Newser) - Tennessee Reps. Justin Pearson and Justin Jones, who became Democratic heroes as members of the "Tennessee Three," reclaimed their legislative seats Thursday after they were expelled for involvement in a gun control protest on the House floor, the AP reports. The young Black lawmakers were reinstated by local...

In Nashville, 'Outlaw' Country Artists Push Back on Tradition

Alternative performers pigeonholed as 'Americana' try to break into the mainstream—but it's not easy

(Newser) - When you hear "Tennessee," it's hard not to think of "Music City"—the nickname for the state capital of Nashville, home to the Grand Ole Opry and the heart of country music. But while that may call forth visions of white dudes in cowboy boots...

Teen Suspended for Mocking Principal Sues

Tennessee student says free speech rights were violated after Instagram posts made fun of school

(Newser) - It's not unusual for students to poke fun of teachers or administrators, but one high school principal who suspended a teen for doing so is now on the receiving end of a First Amendment lawsuit. The Washington Post reports on the complaint filed Wednesday in the US District Court...

Police: Patient Shot, Killed Surgeon in Exam Room

Police arrested suspect outside clinic in Collierville, Tennessee

(Newser) - Police say a patient fatally shot an orthopedic surgeon in an exam room at a Tennessee clinic on Tuesday. Dr. Benjamin Mauck, a husband and father of two young children, was shot dead around 2pm in what police described as a targeted "one-on-one interaction" at Campbell Clinic Orthopedics in...

He Left Phone at Restaurant. Cops Say It Held Awful Videos

Videos of boys being raped were allegedly found on soccer coach's phone

(Newser) - A popular Tennessee soccer coach left his cellphone at a restaurant, and police say what was found on that phone was unimaginable: hundreds of pictures and videos of unconscious boys between the ages of 9 and 17 being raped. Camilo Hurtado Campos, 63, is accused of filming the rapes over...

Cops: Man Fatally Shot Estranged Wife, 4 Others

Tennessee police at burning home where 3 kids died say gunman Gary Barnett also killed himself

(Newser) - Six people are dead in Tennessee, including three children, after police responding to a call of gunfire showed up at the scene to find a house on fire. Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnett tells WRCB that the call in Marion County came in around 8:45pm on Thursday, at which...

He Got Engaged. Cops Say She Went to 'Online Killers Market'

Tennessee woman accused of hiring hit man to take out wife of man she'd met on Match.com

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman has been arrested after cops say she tried to hire a hit man to take out the wife of a guy she'd met through a dating site. ABC News reports that 47-year-old Melody Sasser allegedly sent about $10,000 in bitcoin to a dark web site...

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