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.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say firefighters are making progress against a large industrial fire at a federal Superfund site in central Tennessee.
Hickman County Mayor Steve Gregory said Thursday morning that firefighters are trying to smother the blaze by covering it with dirt. He says the blaze is 65 percent contained.
Gregory said firefighters restarted efforts to fight the blaze around midnight after backing off earlier due to concerns that two propane tanks could explode. He said officials later determined that the tanks weren't a danger.