Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If you’re a graduating high school senior looking for a place to perform your required Tennessee Promise volunteer service hours, here’s a suggestion.

All 56 Tennessee state parks and natural areas will offer volunteer opportunities later this month. The student volunteers can clear brush, limbs and invasive plants; plant flowers; build trails; assist with community events; or maintain historic features.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation says the projects are scheduled for Saturday, July 23.


BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The person killed when a man opened fire on a Tennessee highway was a newspaper carrier on her way to pick up papers for the morning delivery.

Bristol Herald-Courier publisher Jim Maxwell confirmed 44-year-old Jennifer Rooney was killed in the shooting. He called it a "senseless act of violence" that has stunned the small city on the Virginia border.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials have declared a state of emergency in Tennessee after heavy rains caused flooding in several areas overnight and more rain is forecast.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Flener said on Thursday that crews were performing swift-water rescues in Stewart County. He said several other counties have reported high water over roads and trees down from storms.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is paying $2.48 million to settle a lawsuit filed by eight unidentified women who said the school had violated Title IX regulations and created a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in West Tennessee say deputies found a large butcher knife with what appeared to be blood on it in an apartment where a mother killed her four children by cutting their throats.

Court documents say 29-year-old Shanynthia Gardner has been charged with four counts of first degree murder while committing aggravated child neglect in the deaths of her three daughters and one son — all under the age of 5.