NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When federal agents stormed the Knoxville headquarters of Pilot Flying J in April, it sent shockwaves through the business, sports and political worlds.
The investigation into a scheme to defraud customers at Pilot, which is owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, has been voted the state's No. 1 news story of 2013 by reporters and editors of The Associated Press, AP member newspapers and broadcast subscribers.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man has plead guilty to burning a cross in front of an interracial family's home in southern Tennessee.
The U.S. Justice Department says 41-year-old Timothy Stafford entered the plea in federal court in Nashville on Friday for his role in the April 30, 2012, cross burning at a home in Minor Hill, Tenn.
Stafford told the court he and two others built the cross in a workshop behind his house. After taking it to the couple's home, they used diesel fuel to light the fire because he didn't like interracial dating in his community.