NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has spent $46,000 for the design of a new logo featuring the white letters TN on colors patterned on the state flag.

WSMV-TV reports that the state hired advertising and marketing company GS&F to design the new logo.

A spokesman for Gov. Bill Haslam said the new logo is needed to give the state a more unified look on signs and letterhead.

The governor's office said the new logo will be gradually introduced as current stationary runs out.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and FBI have executed search warrants at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and the sheriff's home.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said in a statement on Thursday that the warrants are part of an ongoing investigation into possible public corruption involving multiple targets within the sheriff's department.

DeVine said he couldn't discuss specifics because of the continuing investigation.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Tennessee will get a chance to honor B.B. King next week prior to his burial in Mississippi.

The body of the blues legend will pass down Beale Street in Memphis next Wednesday afternoon, followed by a tribute ceremony at Handy Park.

King was schooled in the Blues in Memphis and played some of his first professional gigs there. The B.B. in King’s name is the shortened version of Beale Street Blues Boy, his original stage name.

Following the Memphis tribute, King’s body will be returned to the Mississippi Delta where his life and career began.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a second former Vanderbilt football player who was convicted in the dorm room rape of a student are asking a judge to declare a mistrial in the case.

WKRN-TV reports that Judge Monte Watkins received a motion late Tuesday from lawyers representing Cory Batey. Lawyers representing Brandon Vandenburg filed a similar motion last week, claiming a juror in the trial intentionally withheld information that he was a rape victim during the jury selection process. The lawyers say the juror was biased in his verdict.

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a third man has been charged with murder in the case of a slain Tennessee nursing student.

The Shelby County District Attorney's office said Wednesday that John Dylan Adams has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and murder in the perpetration of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape of Holly Bobo.

Adams' brother, Zachary Adams, and another man, Jason Autry, also face the same charges. Zachary Adams and Autry had been previously charged with murder and kidnapping in the case.