Associated Press

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Middle Tennessee are trying to find the ashes of a cremated teen after they were stolen and then thrown in the trash.

The Franklin Police Department sent a statement to media on Thursday saying they had arrested two men accused of breaking into a home and taking items including a pink purse with the cremated remains Whitney Tuck, who died in 2005 at age 19 from leukemia. The statement says the suspects threw the purse into a trash can at a gas station.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security says a new driver license system is expected to reduce long waits at service centers across the state.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( reports the update is the first for Tennessee's driver service system in three decades.

Bobo family

DECATURVILLE , Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee attorney representing one of the men charged in the kidnapping and killing of nursing student Holly Bobo has filed motions asking that evidence be turned over, charges be dropped or the prosecutor be held in contempt.

Zachary Adams and Jason Autry were charged last spring with murder and kidnapping and both have pleaded not guilty.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is headed for a vote on the Senate floor.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga was approved 9-2 in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday and is now being scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

The legislation is similar to a measure Republican Gov. Bill Haslam proposed last year that failed.

Under Gardenhire's proposal, eligibility would be opened to low-income students in districts that have a school in the bottom 5 percent.

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Workers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be visiting areas of Cumberland County to assess the damage from last month's ice storm.

Cumberland County Emergency Management Director Keith Garrison told WBIR-TV ( that a FEMA crew is expected to arrive Monday to begin reviewing the damage. He says the workers are expected to travel through some of the hardest-hit areas including Crossville and Pleasant Hills during their three-day stay.