Franklin celebrates bravery on four legs

Oct 3, 2016

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- The Franklin Police Department welcomed its newest graduating officers into the force on Friday. The department’s newest recruits are living proof that bravery can also walk on four legs.

Service, courage, and loyalty. Those are just a few of the words used to describe the Franklin police department's newest K9 officers, Duke and Jenks.  

Many officers and their families attended the graduation in recognition of the 30 weeks of hard training the German Shepherds underwent.

Giving Till It Hurts: Troy Snell - Animal Rescuer

Sep 27, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --   Many Middle Tennessee residents travel for work, but only a few hardy souls genuinely deserve the title “Road Warrior.”

In the continuing series Giving Till it Hurts, WMOT News introduces you to a mid-state man who is on the road more than he’s home. What’s more, his job exposes him daily to the worst human beings can do to the animals who depend on them.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the departure of Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield to take a job with a publicly-traded corporation that builds and runs prisons.

Haslam praised and thanked Schofield, who has led the department since 2011 and has been criticized frequently for his handling of staffing and safety issues. The 55-year-old Schofield will join GEO Group in Florida as an executive vice president for continuum of care.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tennessee and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Maine, Louisiana, Utah, Arizona and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report says the highest rate of HIV infection among homosexual men is highest in the American South, but Tennessee seems to be bucking that trend.

Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta recently compiled a study detailing rates of HIV infection down to the county level across the country. Study coauthor Dr. Jeremy Grey says Tennessee’s largest cities are doing relatively well.