2B NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The State of Tennessee has received more than 600 consumer complaints about price gouging in recent days amid an ongoing run on fuel.

The Tennessean says the state normally gets about 5,000 such complaints in a year. Some customers have reported seeing prices as high as $9.99 for a gallon of gas.

By law, retailers aren’t allowed to price gouge on essential goods during a disaster.

State officials insist that panicked motorists are creating the shortage by buying more fuel than usual.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say the man accused of placing a pipe bomb in an employee's car outside a Franklin nursing home was trying to kill his estranged wife.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press quotes authorities saying GPS data from 41-year-old Mitchell Oakes' cellphone shows he was in the nursing home’s parking lot when the bomb was planted early Saturday in his wife's vehicle.

The unidentified woman noticed the device a few hours later after finishing her shift at the facility.

Oakes was arrested Sunday on a first-degree attempted murder charge.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A Nashville judge says he'll decide next week whether to order a new sentencing hearing for Corey Batey.

Batey is the former Vanderbilt football player convicted of participating in the gang rape of an unconscious student.

Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins sentenced Batey to 15-years in prison, the minimum sentence allowed for convictions on charges of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee lawmakers have repealed an underage drunken driving law that ran afoul of federal zero-tolerance standards.

The Senate passed the measure 31-1 Wednesday morning and the House later followed suit on an 85-2 vote.

The state law, that went into effect in July, raised the maximum allowable blood alcohol content from 0.02 percent to 0.08 percent for those drivers.

Gov. Haslam called legislators into special session to repeal the law to keep Tennessee from losing $60 million in federal road funds.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State Rep. Jeremy Durham was a rising Republican legislative star, but his increasingly erratic behavior and mounting sexual harassment allegations finally caught up with him.

Durham’s  fellow legislators voted 70-2 yesterday to expel him.

Durham faced a grilling prior to the vote. Rep. Bill Lamerth of Cottontown was visibly angry.

"For God's sake, I want to know, 'Did you do it?'  If you did that affects my vote today.  If you didn't, we all deserve to know."