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Abuse of elder Tennesseans vastly underreported

Jun 16, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  An advocate for Tennessee seniors says the vast majority of cases of elder abuse are not being reported.

Grace Smith heads the Council on Aging for Middle Tennessee. She says only about 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse are reported.

Perhaps most disturbing of all, Smith says family members are the ones most likely to abuse a senior citizen.

‘”Typically an adult child or a spouse, and very often someone who is financially dependent on the elder.”

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The public policy chief of the Southern Baptist Church on Wednesday gave an impassioned defense of the denomination's support for the right of Muslims to build mosques in the United States.

The Rev. Russell Moore responded to a question by Arkansas Pastor John Wofford’s at the SBC’s annual meeting in St. Louis.


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Energy report says the cleanup of mercury contamination at a Tennessee nuclear weapons plant could cost between $1 billion and $3 billion.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) reports that the report outlines technology plans for mercury cleanup at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge, which used mercury during the Cold War to develop hydrogen bombs.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —  The Middle Tennessee based Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution calling on Christians to stop displaying the Confederate battle flag.

The resolution was first proposed by an African-American pastor, the Rev. Dwight McKissic. The proposal presented to thousands of delegates at the denomination's annual meeting in St. Louis on Tuesday was less strongly worded than the original. It added a paragraph saying that the flag serves for some not as a symbol of racism but as a memorial to loved ones who died in the Civil War.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville International Airport set a record this week for the highest number of single-day departures in its history.

More than 23,800 passengers left the city through the airport on Monday following the conclusion of the CMA Music Festival and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. That's a 15 percent increase over the previous record.

The facility processed more than 16,000 bags on Monday, which also set a record for the airport.