NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It was likely a record weekend for gun sales in Tennessee.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said in an email that the agency performed 9,772 background checks over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That's 500 more than the second biggest weekend on record — Black Friday and the two days that followed in November.

Background checks do not indicate how many guns were actually sold because buyers can purchase more than one gun.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) --  The annual report on domestic violence in Tennessee is out this week.

The report shows a slight decline in domestic cases in each of the last three years. However, more than 85,000 Tennesseans fell victim to domestic violence in 2011.  Ninety-six of them were murdered.

The majority of victims are female, but men reported being the target of domestic violence in nearly three cases in ten.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There were new developments Thursday afternoon in the Bedford County farmhouse fire that apparently claimed four lives.

Investigators quickly located the bodies of 72-year-old Leon McClaran and his 70-year-old wife, Molli, following the Sunday night blaze. Officials also expected to find the bodies of two of the McClaran's grandchildren in the rubble, but haven't been able to find them.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gang-related crimes rose by nearly 25 percent across Tennessee in 2011.

Citing statistics from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, The Tennessean reports that such crimes have more than doubled since 2005. But the real story isn't necessarily in places like Nashville or Memphis.

Statistics show the state's small towns are becoming incubators of gang violence. The TBI’s Kristin Helm says there’s a couple of reasons for the change.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Crime on the campuses of Tennessee’s schools continues to fall.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says simple assaults were the most commonly reported offense in the state’s K-12 schools last year. Kristin Helm is with the TBI.

“Crimes against person’s actually decreased by 4.3 percent, and crimes against property decreased 8.2 percent, which gives an overall decrease of crime committed at school by about 5.5 percent from 2010 till 2011.”