Associated Press


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say they have found a 2-year-old Tennessee girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert safe in Ohio.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Thursday that Brooklynn Enix was found in Morrow County, Ohio, and her father, 36-year-old Tyler Ward Enix, was taken into custody. No further details were immediately available.

DRESDEN, Tenn. (AP) — The owners of a West Tennessee farm where animal rights activists took undercover video have pleaded no contest to one count each of animal cruelty.

Thomas and Susan Blassingame were fined $25 each and given just under a year of unsupervised probation.

They were charged after the nonprofit Mercy for Animals released a video in August that showed the couple killing chickens on their T & S farm by hitting them with a spiked stick.

HOHENWALD, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says two law enforcement officials were shot and a robbery suspect was killed during an exchange of gunfire.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine tells local media outlets the shooting in Hohenwald, about 80 miles southwest of Nashville, was first reported around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The head of Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant tells state lawmakers that the German automaker's plans for the Tennessee factory remain intact despite the fallout from the company's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Christian Koch, the plant's president and CEO, said Thursday that diesels made up between 20 percent and 25 percent of the midsized Passat sedans produced in Chattanooga before sales were halted following the revelations.

The plant has made more than 500,000 Passats since 2011.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are holding a hearing in Chattanooga on Thursday about Volkswagen's efforts to recover from a diesel emissions cheating scandal.

The hearing was called by Republican Sen. Bo Watson, who has said he wants to ensure that the state's hundreds of millions of incentive dollars are being spent wisely by the German automaker.