Associated Press

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Fort Campbell, Kentucky woman will be spending 18 years behind bars after admitting to fatally abusing a 2-month-old boy she was baby-sitting while trying to do her homework.

The Leaf-Chronicle of Clarksville ( ) reports that 22-year-old Sheilla E. Linares pleaded guilty to first-degree felony manslaughter Tuesday, saying she intentionally caused serious injury to Thomas Castellon II from Clarksville, Tennessee in December 2013.

ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) — A group has asked the Unicoi County Board of Education to remove the Christian flag from its public meeting room.

The Johnson City Press reports ( in a letter to the board dated Nov. 10, Freedom From Religion Foundation Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert objected to the display of the flag during school board meetings.

The letter tells the board that it must immediately remove the flag and refrain from displaying it during future meetings.

SHADY VALLEY, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say they have found a 16-year-old female hiker who was reported missing last Wednesday while hiking in the Cherokee National Forest in northeast Tennessee.

According to WJHL-TV, Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece confirmed Tuesday afternoon that search crews had found Ava Zechie of Washington alive and seemingly in good condition. Reece said crews were working on bringing the girl down the mountain.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As confrontations between police and the black community once again trigger public outcry, law enforcement leaders around the country are looking for new ways to restore trust.

In Tennessee, they've turned to the Nashville library's rich archive on the movement to teach new recruits about past injustices, hoping the lessons of history will foster even-handed police work.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a toddler was found alone in a Tennessee home several days after her grandmother died.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) reports a Maryville Police Department report says the 15-month-old girl was found Saturday.

The police report says her grandmother, 58-year-old Anette Ineichen, was found dead in the house. Officials believe she had been deceased for some period of time.