MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs says it has begun an investigation into the Memphis VA Medical Center where an inspector's report found three patients died after receiving substandard care.
A letter Wednesday from committee chairman Jeff Miller to the Department of Veterans Affairs mentions three patients who died in the hospital's emergency room. A VA inspector general's report said one patient was administered a medication, in spite of a documented drug allergy, and had a fatal reaction.
Nancy Jones, widow of country music icon George Jones, is joined by MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee on Monday at the Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Nashville to announce the creation of a fund to establish a scholarship at MTSU in Jones’ memory.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A large monument honoring the late country singer George Jones has been unveiled at his Nashville gravesite and his widow has announced an MTSU college scholarship in his name.
Fans of the singer who died in April at the age of 81 crowded about the cemetery site yesterday to see the memorial unveiled with his wife and other relatives present.
The monument features a large arch with his best known song title, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," inscribed in the stone under his name.
DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Freed-Hardeman University says it has agreed to assume ownership of the Renaissance Center in Dickson, with plans to offer a four-year undergraduate program and graduate degrees there.
Officials from Freed-Hardeman and the Jackson Foundation executed the transfer of ownership of the center on Friday.
The university says that in addition to offering college courses, it will continue to operate the Renaissance Center as a community venue for classes, meetings and performances for children and adults.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top labor official at Volkswagen says a decision on whether to add production to the German automaker's Chattanooga facility won't hinge on whether workers at the plant decide to seek union representation.
Bernd Osterloh is a member of Volkswagen's supervisory board and head of the company's global "works councils," groups that negotiate plant-specific matters such as job security and working conditions. Osterlo visited the Chattanooga plant yesterday and also and met with Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in Nashville.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The interim president at the University of Memphis is advocating changes that include dropping out-of-state tuition, increasing enrollment and graduation numbers, and adding online course offerings.
Interim President Brad Martin tells The Commercial Appeal that he plans an "all hands on deck" meeting with university officials on Monday. He says the school will seek permission from the Tennessee Board of Regents to drop out-of-state tuition because the institution doesn't gain "any significant revenue" from it.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Isabelle Harrison scored 13 points as fourth-ranked Tennessee rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Middle Tennessee 67-57 on Friday night in the season opener.
The Lady Vols played pretty sloppy in trailing 34-22 at halftime. They scored the first 14 of the second half, and Mercedes Russell, the Gatorade national girls player of the year from Springfield, Ore., scored nine of her 11 in the second half for Tennessee.
Ariel Massengale had 12 points for the Lady Vols, and Andraya Carter had 10.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Shane Tucker rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns, including a 48-yard breakaway sprint, to help drive Middle Tennessee to a 48-0 rout over Florida International on Saturday.
The Blue Raiders (6-4, 4-2 Conference USA) hit hard and fast, reaching the end zone in their first two possessions and piling up all of their points in the first three quarters. Logan Kilgore passed for 269 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for a second. Corey Carmichael had 65 yards on 13 carries, including a TD punched in from the 1-yard line.