Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed legislation naming Nashville's new federal courthouse after former Sen. Fred Thompson, the late actor who appeared in the TV series "Law & Order" and at least 20 movies.

Tennessee's congressional delegation announced the move Tuesday in a joint news release.

Thompson died in 2015. He was 73.

The Senate voted last month on a resolution that had already been passed by the House.

  MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee is at a crossroads as organizers deal with last year's plummeting ticket sales while engaging in talks to extend their agreement with Coffee County.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports ( ) the festival's current deal to pay Coffee County $30,000 plus $3 per ticket sold is set to expire after this year's festival. Ticket sales at the festival fell by 28,000 in 2016, reaching an all-time low of 45,553.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Memory foam maker Sinomax Group is opening its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Tennessee.

The 500,000-square-foot plant will formally open its doors in the Nashville community of La Vergne on Tuesday. The facility is expected to create 350 jobs.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal magistrate is recommending against throwing out statements two executives made to federal agents when they raided the headquarters of a truck stop chain owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Scott "Scooter" Wombold and Heather Jones are among eight former Pilot Flying J employees charged with conspiracy to defraud trucking company customers. They argue they weren't informed of their Miranda right to remain silent as agents questioned them at the company's Knoxville offices in 2013.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legendary country singer Alan Jackson is going to play a free outdoor concert Saturday in Music City in advance of the Nashville Predators first home game in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

The Grammy Award-winning singer and newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame said it's an exciting time for the Predators and the city of Nashville. Jackson, in his statement, said he's a Predators fan and proud to be included in the team's road to the Stanley Cup.

City of Memphis

  MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Officials are asking for patience from thousands of Memphis residents whose homes remain without power after a weekend storm lashed the Tennessee city with winds of up to 105 mph.

Two state House members who represent Memphis, Antonio Parkinson and Joe Towns, told reporters Wednesday that churches, community groups and neighbors should come together to help feed those who had to throw away food from their refrigerators due to the power outage.

MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state Sen. Mae Beavers says she plans to jump into the race for governor.

Media outlets report the Mount Juliet Republican says she'll formally announce her campaign next Saturday.

Beavers says in a statement that Tennessee conservatives are "looking for bold leadership." The 69-year-old Beavers has been in the Senate since 2002.

  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Following a spate of crimes at nearby apartment complexes, a proposed plan would allow the Middle Tennessee State University police department to work off-campus at the request of the Murfreesboro Police Department.

City of Nashville

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Newly released figures indicate Nashville has overtaken Memphis as Tennessee's largest city.

The Tennessean reports population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau put the state capital's 2016 population at 660,388, compared to Memphis' 652,717. The two have traded places on the list of the nation's largest cities, with Nashville ranking 24th and Memphis 25th.

Estimates show that Memphis experienced a population loss of 1,737 from 2015 to 2016, while Nashville gained 6,310.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new report on drug overdose deaths as of 2015 in Tennessee says that the fatalities are primarily white, mostly male and increasingly less likely to have prescriptions for the drugs.

  OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Officials are seeking artifacts to display when the International Bluegrass Music Museum opens in a new, larger location next year.

A statement from the museum says objects that "inspire the story of bluegrass over the years," from its beginnings to present day are being sought. That includes instruments, clothing or other memorabilia that were owned by musicians or other prominent figures in bluegrass music.

Items can be loaned or permanently given to the non-profit organization.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Mid-state a  uthorities say a person has been found fatally shot, the body dumped from a car.

The Daily News Journal reports ( ) that police in Murfreesboro went to an apartment complex near Middle Tennessee State University on Tuesday evening after receiving a report that a person had been shot.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new report shows that suicides in Tennessee are increasing with middle-aged people being most at risk.

The report by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network shows that suicides increased by nearly 13 percent in 2015, the latest year figures are available.

Three people die on average every day in Tennessee from suicide and it is the third-leading cause of death for young people age 10 to 19.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill creating a new Tennessee license plate design featuring the phrase "In God We Trust."

The original version of the bill would have required the phrase to be printed on all license plates issued in the state. But after the state attorney general raised constitutional concerns, sponsors agreed to make the make the new design optional.

The new law requires the Department of Revenue to design plates to include the optional "In God We Trust" language once current stocks are exhausted.

United States Senate

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the Republican health care bill?

Washington is fixated on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI chief James Comey and burgeoning investigations into possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

No charges for white officer who shot, killed black man

May 11, 2017


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A white Nashville police officer won't face charges for shooting and killing an armed black man after a traffic stop in February, a district attorney said.

At a news conference Thursday, District Attorney General Glenn Funk said Officer Josh Lippert's actions met the legal definition of self-defense when he shot and killed Jocques Scott Clemmons following a traffic stop.


MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — A woman followed a congressman down a Tennessee highway, jumped out of her own vehicle, then screamed at him while pounding on the windows of his car, authorities said.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Board of Education has reinstated the teaching license of a former teacher who pleaded guilty to the statutory rape of a student in 2007.

The Tennessean reports ( former Moore County physical education teacher William S. Haynes had his criminal record expunged after serving four years of probation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee has reversed course and decided that it is willing to offer Obamacare insurance plans in the Knoxville area in 2018.

Kevin Walters, a spokesman for the state Department of Commerce and Insurance, said that if the plan is approved by the state, then all counties in Tennessee will have an insurance provider through the marketplace.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for a white police officer who shot and killed an armed African-American man in Nashville in February said his client wants the investigative report on the fatal confrontation to be released to the public.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student and taking her to California is back home in Tennessee, facing charges that could leave him in prison for life.

Tad Cummins appeared in a federal courtroom in Nashville on Tuesday to face an additional charge of bringing a minor across state lines for sex. The 50-year-old health science teacher was shackled with leg irons and wearing a striped jail jumpsuit when he entered the courtroom. He smiled at relatives who came to watch.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four married lesbian couples expecting children through artificial insemination are suing over a new Tennessee law that requires using the "natural and ordinary meaning" of words in state law.

The couples sued Gov. Bill Haslam, the state of Tennessee and the state Department of Health and its commissioner Monday in Davidson County Chancery Court.

The lawsuit says the couples fear the law will be used to interpret gender-specific words, including "father" and "mother," literally so one parent won't be recognized and rights can be denied.


  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and a district attorney have taken the unusual step of asking a court to release a TBI report on the death of an armed African-American man shot by a white officer in Nashville.

Under Tennessee law, all TBI investigative files are confidential and can't be released to the public unless ordered by a court or subpoenaed.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, say a suspect has been arrested in a fatal shooting at an apartment complex.

Murfreesboro police spokesman Kyle Evans says 20-year-old Lammoris Montrel Jones was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree homicide in the death of 23-year-old Jessie Buford of Memphis. Jones' hometown wasn't disclosed.

Police say Buford was found outside the apartment complex Thursday and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would require school buses to have seatbelts in Tennessee has been withdrawn for the year.

The Times Free Press reports ( ) that Democratic Rep. JoAnne Favors of Chattanooga late last week pulled her bill, which was inspired by a deadly school bus crash in her city in November.

The legislation would have mandated seat belts in new school buses bought after July 2019.