Associated Press

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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is thanking members of the Tennessee General Assembly for acting quickly in a special legislative session to prevent the loss of $60 million in federal road money.

The governor had hastily called this week's session after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned that the state would lose 8 percent of its federal road funding if a new drunken driving law wasn't repealed by Oct. 1