In Murf. road rage incident, chainsaw trumps knife

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Police say a mid-state man used a chainsaw to defend himself during a road rage incident Tuesday.

Murfreesboro resident Dawn Jones called police Tuesday morning to say a man had pulled a knife on her during an altercation on Thompson Lane.

She says she had to slam on her breaks to avoid hitting another vehicle. The car’s driver got out and yelled at her, then brandished a knife.

CAMDEN, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is renewing his call for state Rep. Jeremy Durham to resign, but says he won't speed up the process for convening a special legislative session to oust him.

Haslam told reporters after a grant announcement in Camden on Tuesday that he will leave it to lawmakers to decide on calling the special session.

It takes two-thirds of lawmakers in both chambers to call a special session. Haslam noted that two-thirds is also the threshold for ousting a member.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 124,000 Tennesseans already have taken advantage of early voting or absentee voting for the Aug. 4 state primary and county general election.

According to the a news release from the Secretary of State's Office, voters can find their early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots, see their elected officials and find election results with the GoVoteTN app, available for free from the App Store or Google Play. Voter information is also available at


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Two Tennessee inmates with Hepatitis C are suing the State Department of Corrections, claiming they’re not getting proper medical care for the disease.

The advocacy group Disability Rights Tennessee is partnering with inmate plaintiffs Charles Graham and Russell L. Davis to bring the suit, filed Monday in federal court.

Graham and Davis claim the state is ignoring their illnesses because the most effective Hepatitis drugs are expensive. The site WebMD notes that a 12 week course of one hepatitis medication can cost more than $66,000.

Marisa Richmond

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first transgender person to be named to a Tennessee government board or commission has been named the official podium timekeeper at the Democratic National Convention.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry appointed Marisa Richmond to the Metro Human Relations Commission in May. Richmond is a Nashville resident, a professor in the history department at Middle Tennessee State University and former president of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.