NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state voice is one of the few raised in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s attacks on the Hispanic judge presiding over a lawsuit against the real-estate mogul.

Alberto Gonzalez was U.S. Attorney General during the Bush Administration. He now teaches law at Belmont University. Gonzalez wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post Sunday defending Trump’s right to express concerns about court bias. The ongoing lawsuit accuses Trump University, a defunct real-estate training venture, of defrauding students.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than 225,000 has been raised for the wife and children of the Blue Angels pilot who died this past week in Smyrna.

In just two days a Go Fund Me account set up in the name of the family of Marine Captain Jeff Kuss has received donations from nearly 2800 individuals. The money will go to Captain Kuss’ wife, Christina, and his two small children, four-year-old Calvin and one-year-old Sloane.

The Daily News Journal reports the donation account was initiated by Kuss’ sister-in-law and has a goal of $500,000.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- A community leader is praising the new Chief of the Murfreesboro Police Department for the way he handled the recent arrests of several grade school children, but not everyone is pleased with the way the incident was managed.

On April 15, MPD officers arrested ten children ranging from 9 to 12 years of age. Four of the children were arrested at Hobgood Elementary during the school day, two were handcuffed.

The children were arrested using an obscure law for failing to intervene in a bullying incident that occurred off-campus weeks earlier.

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Relatives say a Blue Angels pilot who died when his jet crashed in Smyrna had wanted to fly since he was a child.

A U.S. official identified the pilot killed Thursday as Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Dolph Kuss says his grandson dreamed of being an aviator since a young age. And Kuss' mother, Janet Kuss, said in a 2014 newspaper interview that her son had "wanted to be a Blue Angel since forever."


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  District Attorney Jennings Jones says controversial charges will be dropped against 10 children arrested by Murfreesboro Police.

The Daily News Journal quotes Jones saying yesterday that it’s the “state’s intention to drop the assault charges.” The children were arrested using an obscure state law on April 15 for failing to intervene in stop a fight between two boys.

Some of the ten children, who ranged in age from 9 to 12 years, were arrested at Hobgood Elementary during the school day. One was transported to Juvenile Hall in handcuffs.