NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper says he will seek another eight-year term following the retention of three Democrats on the Supreme court.
Cooper, a former aide to then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, had not divulged his plans before last week's Supreme Court vote in which three Democratic justices prevailed despite a concerted effort to oust them.
Tennessee is the only state in the country where the Supreme Court appoints the attorney general.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee appeals court is considering whether 10 death row inmates have the right to know about the drugs that will be used in their executions and whether their lawyers can get the names of the people who will kill them.
The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1lPRSe6 ) reports that the state Court of Appeals heard oral arguments this week in the lawsuit brought by the inmates. They sued after the legislature passed a law that keeps details about lethal injection secret.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a 4-year-old boy has drowned while attending a birthday party.
The Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/VfkFSp) cited a statement from the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office in reporting that Evan Sayvone died Saturday at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Police say the boy apparently went outside during the party and got through the gate and into the pool.
Detective Lt. Todd Sparks said it appeared the boy had been in the water for several minutes before he was found. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sen. Jim Summerville has resigned from the Republican Caucus following a loss in last week's election primary.
In an August 9 letter to Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron, Summerville said he will be serving as an independent member of the Senate for the remainder of his term and asked that his resignation be effective immediately.
With all precincts reporting in District 25, former Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield had 9,832 votes, or 42 percent, compared with Summerville's 3,700 votes, or 16 percent.