Aug 26, 2016

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

Aug 26, 2016
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.