Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The State of Tennessee will pay $100,000 in damages to a Highway Patrol trooper fired because of his Muslim faith.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell issued the order this week.

Last year, Campbell ruled the state Department of Safety discriminated against De'Ossie Dingus because of his religion. Dingus was fired in 2010 after being dubbed a budding terrorist without any proof.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Grand Ole Opry says Country Music Hall of Fame artist Jean Shepard has died. She was 82.

Spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt says in a news release that Shepard had entered hospice care last week and died Sunday in Nashville.

Shepard joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and helped set the standard for women in country music. She presented a strong female point of view in songs like "Twice the Lovin' in Half the Time" and "The Root of All Evil (Is a Man)."

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An investigation launched after a freshman high school player in Tennessee was attacked by three teammates at a holiday basketball tournament has revealed "widespread, systemic problems going unaddressed at every level," in his county's public schools.

The Hamilton County District Attorney's Office released the results of a joint investigation with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office on Thursday regarding allegations of hazing and bullying on Ooltewah High School's basketball team.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ed Temple, the former Tennessee State track and field coach who led the U.S. women's team to 15 Olympic gold medals and helped break down racial and gender barriers in the sport, died Thursday night. He was 89.

Temple's daughter, Edwina, told Tennessee State officials that her father died after a lengthy illness. He celebrated his birthday Tuesday.

Temple coached the women's track team at Tennessee State, formerly Tennessee A&I, from 1953 to 1994. He was head coach of the U.S. Olympics women's teams in 1960 and 1964 and assistant coach in 1980.

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a fatal shooting at an East Tennessee plant occurred while an employee was meeting with his supervisors.

TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland said the investigation indicates 45-year-old Ricky Swafford became upset while talking with two supervisors Thursday at the Thomas & Betts Corp. plant and left the building before returning a short time later with a gun and fatally shooting 44-year-old James Zotter and 68-year-old Sandra Cooley.