Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee senator has locked up her state Capitol office amid a renewed feud with protesters.

About a dozen people were involved in Tuesday's protest at Republican Sen. Mae Beavers' office. Some read civil rights writings and knocked on her door inside the office.

Last week, Beavers and GOP Rep. Mark Pody abruptly ended their own news conference when protesters interrupted to oppose the lawmakers' bathroom bill and legislation defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's ambitious transportation plan is headed for a key vote in the House on Wednesday, though lawmakers are uncertain whether the bill that would include Tennessee's first gas tax hike since 1989 can gain enough votes to advance.

House Majority Leader Glen Casada says he hopes the House Transportation Subcommittee will either approve the governor's plan, or amend it to include an alternate proposal made by Republican Rep. David Hawk of Greeneville.

 CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Clarksville woman has been arrested in the slaying of an Army veteran whose body was found in a wooded area of Middle Tennessee in 2015.

The Leaf-Chronicle ( reported Thursday that the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says in a statement that 39-year-old Jade Amanda Rose Breeden was charged with murder in 30-year-old Melissa Sue Napier's death.

A hunter discovered Napier's body in Palmyra in December 2015. Her brother reported her missing Dec. 8.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Tennessee man of planning to attack a mosque in New York.

Media outlets report that 65-year-old Robert Doggart was found guilty Thursday of solicitation to commit a civil rights violation, solicitation to commit arson of a building, and making a threat in interstate commerce.

The jury told U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier that it was deadlocked Wednesday. Collier didn't declare a mistrial and told jurors to return Thursday for more deliberations.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville's district attorney says state agents will investigate all future fatal police shootings in Davidson County after authorities said a white police officer there fatally shot an armed African-American man in the back.

The decision by DA Glenn Funk is a reversal of policy. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI are investigating the death of 31-year-old Jocques Scott Clemmons, who was shot in the back and killed on Friday after a traffic stop.