Cooper: GOP's underage DUI law could endanger road funding

Aug 22, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper is criticizing Tennessee Republicans for enacting a drunken driving bill that could lead the state to lose $60 million in highway funding.

Under the new law that took effect on July 1, allowable blood alcohol content for 18- to 20-year-olds was raised from 0.02 percent to 0.08 percent. But it also increased the penalties to the same level as those faced by adult drivers convicted of drunken driving.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An investigation finds a Tennessee high school basketball program had a "culture of hazing" even before three of its players were charged with the rape of a freshman teammate.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( reports that the Hamilton County Board of Education voted Thursday to release the findings of the Ooltewah High School investigation, which was conducted by attorney Courtney Bullard.

MCKENZIE, Tenn. (AP) — Bethel University has filed a lawsuit and obtained a restraining order against state education departments.

The Jackson Sun ( ) reports that Davidson County Chancery Court issued the restraining order Wednesday against the Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee Board of Education and others, including Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Siegel High School’s football team had a surprise supporter cheering them on from the sidelines at last night’s home game in Murfreesboro.

The Tennessean reports former Siegel football player Baylor Bramble and his family showed up for the game against Ravenwood.

Bramble suffered a traumatic brain injury during a Siegel game nearly a year ago. The then 16-year-old left the game complaining of a headache. Later that night he was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Nashville based Corrections Corporation of America lost more than a third of its stock value Thursday following an announcement by the Department of Justice that it will begin phasing out the use of privately held companies to house federal inmates.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates issued a memorandum Thursday outlining DOJ plans to terminate or scale back contracts with for-profit companies now operating 13 federal prisons. CCA currently operates four of those facilities.