Associated Press

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a fatal shooting at an East Tennessee plant occurred while an employee was meeting with his supervisors.

TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland said the investigation indicates 45-year-old Ricky Swafford became upset while talking with two supervisors Thursday at the Thomas & Betts Corp. plant and left the building before returning a short time later with a gun and fatally shooting 44-year-old James Zotter and 68-year-old Sandra Cooley.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Deputy investigative editor David Fallis of The Washington Post will be in Murfreesboro this week.

Fallis will make a presentation on the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize-winning database of fatal police shootings.

The "Fatal Force" discussion is presented by the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies at Middle Tennessee State University.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The charge against a man accused of killing a police officer in eastern Tennessee has been increased to first-degree murder.

Police had charged 44-year-old Brian Keith Stalans with criminal homicide in the death of 32-year-old Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats, who was fatally shot as he responded to a domestic disturbance on Aug. 25.

Media report Blount County General Sessions Judge William Brewer increased the charge Thursday after a preliminary hearing. The case will now be sent to a grand jury.

MTSU photos by Andy Heidt

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Civil Rights leader Diane Nash recently gave a speech to Middle Tennessee State University students as part of the school's observance of Constitution Week.

The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro reports ( that Nash spoke Wednesday about using nonviolent protest as a tool — something she calls "agapic energy," the power of love.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Navy says pilot error was the primary cause of a crash that claimed the life of a Blue Angels flier.

Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss was killed on June 2 while practicing for the Pensacola, Florida-based flight demonstration team outside Nashville, Tennessee.

A report released Thursday said Kuss' jet was traveling too fast and too low when he transitioned into a maneuver.