WASHINGTON, DC  (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker says the U.S. should not consider a nation’s human rights record when deciding if that nation can buy American made weapons.

Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The Associated Press says Corker supports the Trump Administration’s plans to sell advanced fighter planes to Nigeria and Bahrain. Both countries have been accused of serious human rights violations by the U.S. Department of State and independent rights groups such as Amnesty International.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  A storm front will rumble across the mid-state Monday that killed two people in Louisiana Sunday.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma says tornadoes and strong winds are likely from Mississippi to South Carolina.

The greatest tornado risk is well to our south in Alabama.

A tornado flipped a mobile home in Louisiana Sunday, killing a mother and her 3-year-old daughter.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards put the entire state on "high alert" and is warning residents to stay off the roads.

Nat. Weather Ser.

  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Officials are planning to assess damage after a severe storm with high winds and quarter-size hail passed through Tennessee knocking down power lines and toppling trees.

Thousands of power outages were reported across the central and eastern parts of the state Tuesday as the storm moved through. In the Chattanooga area alone, about 60,000 outages were reported at the height of the storm, according to power provider EPB. The company said in a statement that about 7,000 outages remained Wednesday morning.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  There were reports of power outages and downed trees across the extreme Southeast corner of Tennessee monday morning, but otherwise the state seems to have been spared by the storms that killed 18 across the southeast over the weekend.


At least 14 people were killed Suday in Georgia as the fast-moving storms tore across the state, with at least one deadly tornado reported before dawn and violent storms still rumbling after nightfall.


Tennessee General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee lawmakers have less than a month to file measures they want considered during this year's legislative session.

Bills filed after the Feb. 9 deadline must to get special committee approval.

House members are limited to filing 15 bills each. The chamber's rules also say the body won't take up legislation unless it also has a Senate sponsor.