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6:06am

Fri May 2, 2014
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New Univ. of Memphis President Chosen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — University of Memphis Provost M. David Rudd will become the school's next president on May 16.

The Commercial Appeal said the Tennessee Board of Regents approved Rudd on Thursday. He has been provost since March 2013.

Regents Chancellor John Morgan recommended Rudd over three other finalists.

The 53-year-old Rudd will replace R. Brad Martin, who has been interim president since July 1. Former President Shirley Raines retired June 30 after 12 years.

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6:05am

Fri May 2, 2014
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Tennessee Kicks Off Motorcycle Awareness Month

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is kicking off Motorcycle Awareness Month in an effort to decrease traffic accidents and deaths.

A Friday kickoff to the campaign is scheduled to take place at Opry Mills in Nashville on Friday, featuring Kendell Poole, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office, Transportation Commissioner John Schroer and Col. Tracy Trott, the commander of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

More than 2,800 motorcyclists crashed last year, resulting in 135 deaths. Since the beginning of this year, there have been 337 motorcycle crashes and 14 fatalities.

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6:04am

Fri May 2, 2014
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So-Called Sovereign Citizen Convicted in West Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis woman who calls herself a sovereign citizen has been convicted of trying to run over two police officers.

Shelby County prosecutors say a jury on Wednesday found 34-year-old Tabitha Gentry guilty of aggravated assault and intentionally evading arrest in a vehicle.

Gentry was accused of trying to run over the officers during an Oct. 9, 2012, traffic stop.

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5:30am

Thu May 1, 2014
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Haslam Tours Tornado Damage in Lincoln County

Tornado damaged elementary school in Lincoln County, TN
Credit Tenn. Emergency Management Agency

 

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he is impressed by the resiliency of people whose homes were damaged or destroyed in a tornado that devastated a large swath of Lincoln County earlier this week.

 

Haslam toured the damage in the rural area near the Alabama line by helicopter on Wednesday, followed by a visit to a heavily damaged school and nearby home.

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10:13am

Tue April 29, 2014
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Second Arrest in Holly Bobo Case

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A second person has been charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping in the disappearance of 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo three years ago.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said authorities have not found Bobo's body. However, he said they have sworn statements from witnesses who saw Bobo alive with Jason Autry and Zachary Adams after Bobo disappeared from her home near Parsons in Decatur County on April 13, 2011.

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