NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Transportation Department is halting all lane closures on interstates and state highways over the holidays.
According to a news release, the department expects two million drivers on Tennessee roadways over Christmas and New Year.
Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety reasons, all construction related closures will be suspended beginning at noon on Tuesday and ending at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5.
DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it has resumed investigations in the five-county judicial district where the high-profile death of a 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo is being prosecuted.
The TBI announced Wednesday it was suspending investigations there as the result of a disagreement with District Attorney General Matt Stowe.
But last night, the agency issued a release saying it was resuming work in the district and that Stowe has requested a special prosecutor to handle the nursing student's case.
Riverbend Maximum Security Prison, where Tennessee's Death Row is located.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for the state will try to convince Tennessee’s Supreme Court justices that they should not be forced to turn over the names of executioners to the attorneys for the state’s 11 death row inmates.
Attorneys for the inmates say they need the names in order to determine whether the people charged with carrying out executions are qualified. If they aren't, it would benefit the inmates' lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee's lethal injection and electrocution procedures.
Police dash-cam video of the confrontation between Tennessean Oriana Ferrell and New Mexico State Police
ALBUQURQUE, NM (AP) — A Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer shot at her minivan full of children.
KOB-TV reports that 40-year-old Oriana Farrell of Memphis entered the plea Tuesday in the northern tourist town of Taos to fleeing and other charges filed last month by a grand jury. An appeals court dismissed previous charges, saying a prosecutor shouldn't have been involved in excusing a grand jury member.
Senator Brian Kelsey (L) and State Rep. John Deberry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would require all of the state's law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling.
The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis.
Kelsey says that the measure comes in response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, and the demonstrations that followed a grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.