Associated Press

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Federal regulators have voted to grant an operating license for the Unit 2 reactor at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear plant as long as regulatory requirements are met.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( reports the critical step by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will keep the Watts Bar Unit 2 project on schedule to become the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century. The Tennessee Valley Authority has said it plans to complete the reactor by December 2015.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State's football program has received a one-year postseason ban for failing to meet the NCAA's minimum Academic Progress Rate standards.

The NCAA released APR results Wednesday and Tennessee State's football program received a four-year average score of 915. As a school fitting the NCAA's definition of a limited-resource institution, Tennessee State needed 920 to be eligible for the 2015 postseason.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it inadvertently shipped live anthrax spores to laboratories in Tennessee and eight other states and is investigating how that happened.

The labs were supposed to receive dead — or inactivated — anthrax samples for research use.

Spokesman Col. Steve Warren says the Pentagon is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to retrieve the samples.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A self-described sovereign citizen who says she isn't bound by U.S. laws will spend 20 years in prison for illegally taking control of a $3 million foreclosed mansion in Memphis.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich's office says 35-year-old Tabitha Gentry was sentenced Wednesday. Criminal Court Judge James Lammey Jr. sentenced her to concurrent terms of 20 years each for theft of property over $250,000 and burglary. She was convicted in April.


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A new study projects Volkswagen's expansion in Chattanooga could lead to the creation of nearly 10,000 jobs.

The report conducted by the University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research released Wednesday estimates the factory could add $370 million in new annual income once the expanded production is underway.

The report was commissioned by Volkswagen, which is spending $704 million to grow the plant to make a new sports utility vehicle and to open its new North American Engineering and Planning Center.