Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security says a new driver license system is expected to reduce long waits at service centers across the state.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( reports the update is the first for Tennessee's driver service system in three decades.

Bobo family

DECATURVILLE , Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee attorney representing one of the men charged in the kidnapping and killing of nursing student Holly Bobo has filed motions asking that evidence be turned over, charges be dropped or the prosecutor be held in contempt.

Zachary Adams and Jason Autry were charged last spring with murder and kidnapping and both have pleaded not guilty.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is headed for a vote on the Senate floor.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga was approved 9-2 in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday and is now being scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

The legislation is similar to a measure Republican Gov. Bill Haslam proposed last year that failed.

Under Gardenhire's proposal, eligibility would be opened to low-income students in districts that have a school in the bottom 5 percent.

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Workers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be visiting areas of Cumberland County to assess the damage from last month's ice storm.

Cumberland County Emergency Management Director Keith Garrison told WBIR-TV ( that a FEMA crew is expected to arrive Monday to begin reviewing the damage. He says the workers are expected to travel through some of the hardest-hit areas including Crossville and Pleasant Hills during their three-day stay.



, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee pastor who has appeared on a reality television show about handling snakes in church faces charges of assault and reckless endangerment.

Media outlets report that the charges against Andrew Hamblin stem from a domestic disturbance Sunday at a residence in Campbell County. No one was injured.

Hamblin is the pastor of the Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, which uses snake handling in services. He has appeared on the reality show "Snake Salvation" on the National Geographic Channel.