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atheists.org

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff's Facebook post celebrating Easter has made an atheist group $15,000 richer.

News organizations report that Bradley County reached a settlement with American Atheists over Sheriff Eric Watson's post on the department's Facebook page over Easter.

The atheist group and an unidentified resident said Watson violated their First Amendment rights by posting, in reference to Jesus, the message "He is risen" and deleting detractors' comments.

blacklivesmatter.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A group associated with the Black Lives Matter movement plans to protest the annual candlelight vigil at Graceland to mark the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.

bonnaroo.com

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Coffee County judicial officials' first ever Bonnaroo docket day has resulted in 277 criminal cases stemming from the four-day music and arts festival.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2aPZgaq ) two judges spent the day Friday working through a 43 page docket made up of defendants from across the country cited for drug-related charges during June's festival.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Mid-state law enforcement agencies have made nearly 100 arrests in two sweeping investigations focused on drugs and human trafficking.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Friday morning that it had arrested 41 individuals in a three day prostitution sting.

On Tuesday, the agency placed an ad offering sex on the website Backpage.com. Officials say 260 men responded, some seeking sex with minors.

alivehospice.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Alive Hospice is responding to the explosive growth taking place in Rutherford County by breaking ground on a 10 bed residential facility in Murfreesboro.

The charity currently provides end-of-life care to individuals at home in 12 mid-state counties and operates two residential facilities in Nashville. CEO and President Anna-Gene O’Neal says that the organization is currently serving more than 460 Tennesseans in their final days.

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