NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Gospel Music Association will present its top awards to Christian artists tonight in Nashville.

Christian rapper Lecrae leads the pack of nominees for the 46th annual Dove Awards with seven nominations, including artist of the year, thanks to his chart-topping album, "Anomaly." The Grammy-winning Lecrae, who was a co-host of the awards show in 2014, topped the Billboard 200 albums chart last year with his seventh studio album.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A former Middle Tennessee middle school volleyball coach has been indicted on charges of statutory rape and other counts.

The Rutherford County sheriff's office says 40-year-old Brandon LaDuc of Murfreesboro is accused of three counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and two counts of sexual touching by an authority figure. LaDuc is a former coach at Siegel Middle School. The allegations involve a 16-year-old girl at another school.

Estes Church of Christ

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Colleagues say an American missionary who has been working in Haiti for two decades has been fatally shot by gunmen in the country's capital as she was behind the wheel of her car.

The Estes Church of Christ, based in Henderson, Tennessee, identified the slain missionary as Roberta Edwards. She ran the small Sonlight Children's Home in Port-au-Prince.


SMYRNA, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It's a common scene in detective movies and westerns - the bounty hunter kneels down and carefully examines the ground, then looks up and says something like, "They were here, moving fast, toward town."

It's not all Hollywood make-believe. Mantracking is the art of following another person through wild terrain by correctly interpreting clues left by their passing. Mid-state master tracker and forensic anthropologist Hugh Berryman says tracking is the first investigative tool man ever used.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (FOLLETT)  --  The “Is It a Fiddle or a Violin” school tour is a joint collaboration between the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The program describes the four-stringed instrument as “In Texas it's a fiddle. In Boston it's a violin. In Nashville it depends.”  In a fun-filled and educational two hours, students learned how the sound of one instrument connects country and classical music.  


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Murfreesboro Fire Department is sending a second special operations team to South Carolina to assist with flood rescue operations.

MFRD sent a team to the rain-soaked capital, Columbia, this past week. The department says the five man swift water rescue team has conducted a number of rescues and welfare checks.

A South Carolina resident took to the department’s Facebook page to thank the city for sending the crew to help out. The woman noted that the team had just knocked on her door to see if she was OK.

Vote: Councilman to become Memphis' 1st white mayor since 91

Oct 9, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Three-term incumbent A C Wharton Jr. has conceded Memphis' mayoral election to a city council member, who is to become the beleaguered city's first white mayor in almost a quarter-century.

Wharton's concession to councilman Jim Strickland came late Thursday before complete results from the nonpartisan election were posted. Unofficial, incomplete totals reported Thursday night showed Strickland well ahead.

Vanderbilt band director leaves amid investigation

Oct 9, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The director of the marching band at Vanderbilt University has left his job in the wake of a newspaper's investigation into an inappropriate relationship he had with a high school student while serving as a band director in Kentucky over 10 years ago.

Vanderbilt spokeswoman Elizabeth Latt told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1jeRAlS ) late Thursday that 36-year-old Joseph Corey Francis was no longer the director of university bands, a position that oversees Vanderbilt's Spirit of Gold marching band.

Sheriff Arnold suspends Chief Admin. Deputy Russell

Oct 9, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold has announced a disciplinary action against his Chief Deputy, Joe Russell.

In an Action Report emailed to the media yesterday, Arnold says Russell has been suspended for 10 days without pay.

The report says Russell violated two policies included in the Sheriff’s Office employee handbook. It says Russell used his official county email address to conduct private business. It also says Russell failed to report his employment by an “outside” company.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Anti-muslim protests have been announced for Saturday at the Murfreesboro Mosque and 19 other locations around the nation.

The group Global Rally for Humanity is sponsoring the rally. On the Huntsville, Alabama chapters Facebook page the group says it “will not allow Islamic agitators to tear our country apart from within.”

According to Alabama.com the events are planned to coincide with a rally in Washington D.C. featuring the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan.