Tornado damaged elementary school in Lincoln County, TN
Credit Tenn. Emergency Management Agency
FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he is impressed by the resiliency of people whose homes were damaged or destroyed in a tornado that devastated a large swath of Lincoln County earlier this week.
Haslam toured the damage in the rural area near the Alabama line by helicopter on Wednesday, followed by a visit to a heavily damaged school and nearby home.
DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A second person has been charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping in the disappearance of 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo three years ago.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said authorities have not found Bobo's body. However, he said they have sworn statements from witnesses who saw Bobo alive with Jason Autry and Zachary Adams after Bobo disappeared from her home near Parsons in Decatur County on April 13, 2011.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals panel says that while the lawsuit of three same-sex couples who were wed in other states makes its way through the courts, Tennessee does not have to recognize their marriages.
In March, a U.S. district court judge in Nashville granted a temporary injunction to the six plaintiffs, forcing the state to recognize their marriages.
But on Friday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati put the lower court's order on hold because, as the ruling words it, "the law in this area is so unsettled."
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a Chattanooga toddler as a homicide after an autopsy report found that a pain patch caused his death.
Chattanooga Police spokesman Tim McFarland tells the Times Free Press that officers are working with the medical examiner's office and the district attorney's office as they investigate the death of Demarcus Bryant, who was almost 2.