14 hours ago

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — WMOT-FM, Middle Tennessee State University’s public radio station, is dramatically expanding its reach and range of music to launch a new format dedicated to Americana music and a new home on the dial for its current jazz format.

Middle Tennessee's mower drivin’ man

15 hours ago
S.L. Alligood

WATERTOWN, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Edgar Elliott of Watertown, Tennessee was a man, always on the go, even if he moved slowly…very slowly. 

You see Elliott, 85, owned one mode of transportation: a yellow riding mower.  In good, and sometimes bad, weather the Michigan native and retired machinist who moved to Wilson County almost 30 years ago, drove his mower two miles into Watertown.

Sometimes he made the trip every day.

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer fatally shot a man holding his teenage son hostage in Bedford County.

A statement from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says officers from the Shelbyville Police Department responded Wednesday night to a report of a hostage situation and arrived to find 53-year-old Jeffrey Darren Hosea holding his son at gunpoint in a camper. The statement says when officers entered the camper, Hosea pointed his weapon at one of them, who opened fire.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee prosecutor says two men stand charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy who shielded two girls from gunfire.

Zaevion Dobson was praised by President Barack Obama as a hero shortly after the teenager was killed in December of last year. He was also honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. There's even a Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground and Park in the works near his Knoxville home.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America wants to seal from public view documents in a lawsuit that claims female visitors to a Tennessee prison were forced to undergo strip searches to prove they were menstruating.

Three women have accused the company of violating their rights by forcing them to expose their genitals to guards. One of the women says her children witnessed the search.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A police officer who was fatally shot responding to a dispute between a father and son in eastern Tennessee had been wearing a bullet-proof vest, but he was struck in the neck.

Authorities say Marysville Police Officer Kenny Moats was killed Thursday while responding to the second domestic disturbance call of the day at the home.

The Blount County Sheriff's office says Moats and a deputy were able to get the father to safety and were taking cover behind their vehicles when the son opened fire from the garage, striking Moats from about 70 yards away.

Updates: Police ask for your help identifying body

Aug 25, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  There are new details available regarding the discovery Monday of bodies in two mid-state locations.

WTVF-TV reports the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has released a sketch of a woman whose body was found Monday night in a field off of Cross Keys Road in the Bethesda Area.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying that woman. YOu can see that sketch here, along  with a rendering of a tattoo found on the body.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The head of the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a spike in on-the-job fatalities last month is "alarming."

TOSHA administrator Steve Hawkins tells WPLN-FM ( ) four of the 10 deaths in July were on construction sites. Most of the construction workers died because of a fall, and their deaths were likely preventable.

Usually, most workplace deaths in Tennessee occur in the manufacturing sector.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two men have been arrested in Memphis in the death of a 19-year-old last year on the Tennessee State University campus.

Nashville police say 20-year-old Robert Tunstall was taken into custody Tuesday in Memphis, and 20-year-old Christopher Gatewood was arrested Friday in Memphis.

A Davidson County grand jury indicted Gatewood and Tunstall on charges of first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, weapons violations and reckless endangerment.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An association representing state employees in Tennessee wants the state to stop using private prisons.

The Tennessean ( ) reports that Tennessee State Employee Association President Bryan Merritt is calling on the Tennessee Department of Correction to end the use of private prisons because he says state employees already do a great job managing prisons. He says private prisons provide an inferior product, lower levels of safety and security and debatable savings.


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