In Murf. road rage incident, chainsaw trumps knife

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Police say a mid-state man used a chainsaw to defend himself during a road rage incident Tuesday.

Murfreesboro resident Dawn Jones called police Tuesday morning to say a man had pulled a knife on her during an altercation on Thompson Lane.

She says she had to slam on her breaks to avoid hitting another vehicle. The car’s driver got out and yelled at her, then brandished a knife.

CAMDEN, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is renewing his call for state Rep. Jeremy Durham to resign, but says he won't speed up the process for convening a special legislative session to oust him.

Haslam told reporters after a grant announcement in Camden on Tuesday that he will leave it to lawmakers to decide on calling the special session.

It takes two-thirds of lawmakers in both chambers to call a special session. Haslam noted that two-thirds is also the threshold for ousting a member.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 124,000 Tennesseans already have taken advantage of early voting or absentee voting for the Aug. 4 state primary and county general election.

According to the a news release from the Secretary of State's Office, voters can find their early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots, see their elected officials and find election results with the GoVoteTN app, available for free from the App Store or Google Play. Voter information is also available at


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Two Tennessee inmates with Hepatitis C are suing the State Department of Corrections, claiming they’re not getting proper medical care for the disease.

The advocacy group Disability Rights Tennessee is partnering with inmate plaintiffs Charles Graham and Russell L. Davis to bring the suit, filed Monday in federal court.

Graham and Davis claim the state is ignoring their illnesses because the most effective Hepatitis drugs are expensive. The site WebMD notes that a 12 week course of one hepatitis medication can cost more than $66,000.

Marisa Richmond

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first transgender person to be named to a Tennessee government board or commission has been named the official podium timekeeper at the Democratic National Convention.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry appointed Marisa Richmond to the Metro Human Relations Commission in May. Richmond is a Nashville resident, a professor in the history department at Middle Tennessee State University and former president of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore may not be attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week, but he is for the first time endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.

Gore in a statement Monday cited what he called Clinton's qualifications and experience to meet challenges facing the nation and the world, "including, especially, the global climate crisis."

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Health officials in Tennessee say patients treated at a Memphis dental clinic should get tested for hepatitis B and C, and HIV after "breaches in infection control" may have put patients at risk for the diseases.

In a news release, the Shelby County Health Department strongly recommended the testing for patients of SPT Dental Clinic. Health officials say no specific infections have been linked to the clinic.

Health officials closed the clinic July 1. They say a patient's complaint to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry sparked an investigation.

Is there a dark side to shows like Game of Thrones?

Jul 25, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  For several years now all things medieval have been big in the United States. HBO’s wildly popular television drama Game of Thrones is one example, the History Channel’s Vikings is another.

Annual Renaissance fairs, like the one held in Williamson County each spring, can now be found in nearly every state in the union. But even though there’s much that’s positive about medieval culture, and the entertainment it inspires, medievalism also has a darker side.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  There’s a saying about nothing new under the sun, and this summer’s political landscape has certainly born that out.  Charges and counter-charges about plagiarism, accusations and allegations of duplicity, rebuttals and reprimands coming from all directions.  And all of it as old as the republic.
    Take, for example, the music used, and misused, as part of the political rhetoric.  Almost every rally and demonstration is accompanied by rock, jazz and even classical music.
    But is any of this new?  Absolutely not.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A member of the Brentwood YMCA says he was sexually assaulted several times at the facility and that staff member were aware of the incident.

The Tennessean says Adam Boswell has filed a $1 million lawsuit against YMCA and the man he accuses of attacking him.

Boswell says he was assaulted four times between July, 2015, and February, 2016, of this year in the Y’s sauna, Jacuzzi pool and locker room.

The lawsuit names his attacker as Jack Dabney, a former Advisory Board member at the Brentwood Y.


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Democrats called on Americans to reject what they called the politics of fear and division of the GOP and elect Hillary Clinton during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Everyone from President Obama to democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine contrasted the Democratic vision of America to the vision offered by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"America is already great," President Obama said. "America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump."

As he takes the stage Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is firmly in Hillary Clinton's camp — and his party's — on the big health care issues. Now a U.S. senator from Virginia, Kaine supports the Affordable Care Act and pushed its Medicaid expansion. He also worked to overhaul the mental health system when he was governor of Virginia.

Here are highlights and a few flashpoints of controversy from Kaine's health policy record:

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The Turkish government has cracked down on independent media since an attempted coup on July 15, shutting down at least 45 newspapers and 16 TV stations, The Associated Press reports.

On Wednesday, the state-run news service Anadolu Agency reported 47 arrest warrants had been issued for employees of the newspaper Zaman, and 13 people had been detained.

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