SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Charges brought against an East Tennessee pastor over an alleged assault during an exorcism have been dropped.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1iWmbSB) reports Sevier County General Sessions Judge Ben Strand dismissed assault and false imprisonment charges against pastors Joel and Teresa Arwood of the Family Chapel Church of God in Pigeon Forge.
The Arwoods were charged after Andrew Byrd said he suffered cracked teeth, a lost crown a torn leg muscle during the Feb. 21, 2012 exorcism.
Senior Neiko Hunter tallies 19 points in 74-66 win at TSU.
Credit MTSU - Brent Beerends
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Neiko Hunter scored 19 points, making 11 of 13 free throws, as Middle Tennessee held on to defeat Tennessee State 74-66 Tuesday night.
Kerry Hammonds had 16 points, Shawn Jones added 14 and Reggie Upshaw had 10 for Middle Tennessee (10-5).
Middle Tennessee led 30-11 at the 6:30 mark of the first half and was ahead 39-28 at the break. Tennessee State closed to 54-52 with 8:42 remaining following two free throws by Jay Harris. Jones followed with two consecutive jump shots to stretch the lead to 58-52.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/TNS/WMOT) — At least 9 mid-state residents have died from complications of the flu virus so far this season and health officials are urging more people to get flu vaccinations.
The Tennessean reports nine people in Middle Tennessee have died while two deaths have been reported in the Cumberland region. The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating other reports that have not yet been confirmed.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security show the state had 988 traffic fatalities in 2013. That's only the fourth time in 50 years the number has dipped under 1,000.
The 2013 number is a more-than-2 percent decrease from 2012, when there were 1,015 traffic deaths.
In 2011, there were 937 traffic-related deaths on Tennessee roadways, the lowest figure since 1963.