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Tennessee Senate passes bill reinstating electric chair as execution option

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) – Tennessee’s electric chair would be pressed back into service for executions if the state cannot obtain drugs needed to carry out lethal injections under a bill advanced Wednesday by state lawmakers. The Tennessee Senate voted 23-3 to advance the proposal that would bring…

Tenn. Governor Haslam will appeal federal ruling supporting marriage equality

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will appeal a federal judge’s ruling requiring the state to temporarily recognize the legal marriages of three same-sex couples who wed in other states, the state attorney general said on Tuesday in court papers. Judge Aleta Trauger on Friday ordered Tennessee…

One dead and one injured after package explodes upon delivery to Tennessee home

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – A package exploded on Monday at a residence in central Tennessee, killing one person and injuring another, emergency officials said. The package was delivered to a home in Lebanon, about 40 miles east of Nashville, said Jeremy Heidt, a spokesman for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.…

Republican lawmaker wants Tennessee to honor Billy Graham’s service to the Gospel

A Tennessee Republican has proposed legislation honoring the Rev. Billy Graham. State Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) proposed the measure to “recognize and commend” the famed evangelist “for his many years of service to the Gospel, applaud his service to God and to his fellow man, and extend our best…

Tennessee man runs for governor in GOP primary for right to shower with his raccoon

A Tennessee man has announced he is running for governor in the Republican primary after the state refused to return his pet raccoon. Mark “Coonrippy” Brown, a licensed firearm dealer, told The Tennessean that his bid for office was “all about the raccoon.” Videos of the 56 year old showering…

Lawsuit demands Memphis start testing decade-old backlog of 12,000 rape kits

Attorney Robert Spence filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Memphis, Tennessee on Friday demanding that it test the backlog of approximately 12,000 rape kits in its possession. According to Spence, victims were led to believe that their rape kits would be tested, and could aid police in apprehending…

Opponents vow to continue legal challenge to Tennessee mosque a year after it opened

Opponents of a Tennessee mosque are planning an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after their state’s highest court declined to hear their case. The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro opened more than a year ago, but opponents are still arguing that the Rutherford County Planning Commission failed to provide adequate…

Ladybug invasion hits Tennessee

Ladybugs swarming houses in autumn is not a new phenomenon. But this year’s swarms of uninvited Coccinellidae family members are especially large in Tennessee. “We have perfect weather conditions, and a large food population,” David Cook, an entomologist…  …

Watch: Meteor traveling 54,000 miles per hour explodes over Tennessee

Star-gazers in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi witnessed a bright fireball light up the sky last week. The Capricornid meteor was traveling at 54,000 miles per hour, according to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. A video captured by NASA shows the meteor streaking across the sky on August 1 around 12:00…

Nude woman distracts Tennessee man as his house is burglarized

As the old adage goes: If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. A man in Tennessee had thousand of dollars worth of items stolen from his house while he was distracted by a naked woman, according to the CNHI News Service. The 54-year-old victim told police…

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