Associated Press


HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police are investigating exactly what led to two people being killed and one man stabbed at the home of the late Country Music Hall of Fame artist Jean Shepard.

Hendersonville Police Det. Sgt. Jim Vaughn tells news outlets that arriving officers found Shepard's husband, 79-year-old Benny Birchfield, wounded and bloody outside the home.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — An internal police investigation has found that six of the 10 officers involved in arresting elementary students at a school in Tennessee violated their department's policy.

Murfreesboro police arrested four children at Hobgood Elementary School and took them away — two in handcuffs — to a juvenile detention center in April after accusing them of being involved in some off-campus bullying weeks before. The charges were dropped in June.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man whose wife and daughters were killed in a wildfire that spread through Gatlinburg says he has forgiven the two juveniles who have been accused of starting it.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports ( ) Michael Reed posted an open letter on his Facebook page to the two juveniles who have been charged with aggravated arson.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's efforts to require more online retailers to collect Tennessee sales taxes has cleared its first major hurdle in the Legislature.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the Haslam administration wants to adopt a tax rule that would have retailers with sales of more than $500,000 per year remit the sales tax to Tennessee revenue collectors.

Under current law, consumers are responsible for paying the state any sales taxes owned for online purchases, but few people actually do.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has sent a grand jury the case of 24-year-old driver in a school bus crash that killed six children.

Hamilton County General Sessions Judge Lila Statom found probable cause for formal charges Thursday after a hearing that lasted about an hour and a half for Johnthony Walker, who appeared in court in a red jail jumpsuit.

Police charged Walker on five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. A sixth vehicular homicide charge will be added for the child who died days later in the hospital.