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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A university and medical college have created a new program to funnel doctors to rural Tennessee.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Olympic Gold Medalist and Middle Tennessee resident Scott Hamilton has created a series of videos designed to provide hope for fellow cancer survivors.

Hamilton partnered with the Williamson County based health and wellness website to create the online series.

To date, Hamilton has survived testicular cancer, as well as three separate, benign, brain tumors. In the seven part video series he talks about how frightened he was the day he received the initial diagnosis in 1997.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A third man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Tennessee high school football player who shielded two girls from the gunfire.

The Knoxville Police Department said in a news release Tuesday that Kipling Deshawn Colbert has been indicted in the death of 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson.

Dangerous Canine Influenza has reached Tennessee

Jun 21, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  That dog flu you’ve been hearing about in the news has now reached Tennessee and the State Veterinarian wants you to know it can be deadly for your pet.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture says there have now been four cases of dog flu reported in East Tennessee.

Dr. Charlie Hatcher is Tennessee’s State Verterinarian. He says the flu can be dangerous for older dogs and dogs with compromised immune systems. He details some of the symptoms pet owners should be watching for.

Tropical storm will reach Tennessee late this week

Jun 20, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Summer officially gets underway Tuesday evening  and the new season could start with a bang for Middle Tennessee residents.

A tropical storm moves out of the Gulf and into Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana beginning Tuesday. Forecasters say some coastal communities could see as much as 15 inches of rain from the system.

Scott Unger with the National Weather Service office in Nashville says that rain will push into the mid-state late this week.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Nashville attorney says stepped up enforcement by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is damaging the trust between immigrants and Middle Tennessee law enforcement.


Back on June 8 ICE agents arrested a Honduran national at the Davidson County Courthouse. That and other recent ICE operations prompted Nashville Mayor Megan Barry to write a scathing letter to the agency complaining that ICE is undermining Metro PD’s efforts to win the trust of the city’s immigrant community.



  SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the capture of two escaped Georgia inmates accused of killing two guards on a prison bus (all times local):

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A Georgia sheriff says it's too early to tell when two inmates accused in the killings of two guards on a prison bus will be returned to the state after their capture in Tennessee.

Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were caught Thursday in the rural community of Christiana, Tennessee, ending a multi-state manhunt that began Tuesday morning.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Army Veteran Matthew Lange is participating in a unique mid-state therapy program that has the vets riding and caring for horses.

On Wednesday morning, a couple of horse science students at Middle Tennessee State University put Lange and a horse named Floyd through a series of exercises at the school's Horse Science Center in Murfreesboro.

Lange is learning what it takes to control the horse. He’s also learning to control the sense of panic he struggles with following a couple of deployments to Iraq.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a toddler who was shot in the head while riding in a car with her mother and brothers has died.

Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee said Wednesday that 2-year-old Laylah Washington has died after she was shot Sunday night.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who was convicted of planning an attack on a New York mosque has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison.

WTVC-TV in Chattanooga reports that a judge sentenced 65-year-old Robert Doggart of Signal Mountain to 235 months on Wednesday.

He was convicted in February of solicitation to commit a civil rights violation and solicitation to commit arson of a building. A judge threw out two other guilty verdicts for threats in interstate commerce.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three Tennessee county prosecutors and the guardian of a baby born dependent on drugs have filed a lawsuit against the makers of several opioid drugs, accusing the companies of unleashing an epidemic by deceptive marketing practices that downplayed the addiction risks with their painkillers.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Earlier this year WMOT introduced you to Howard’s Hope, a new mid-state charity that provides free swim lessons for low-income children.

Steve Reeves launched the non-profit after he rescued his daughter from the bottom of a swimming pool during a birthday party. She survived, but many children don’t.

Howard’s Hope says it arranged for 150 children to get lessons last year and hopes to help 500 this year, but they’ve run into a snag. The group is having trouble finding qualified instructors.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  A new report says Tennessee is getting better at taking care of its children, but still lags behind much of the nation.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual KIDS COUNT report Tuesday. Tennessee moved up three spots in the state rankings to 35th overall. Linda O'Neal with the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth says the results are promising.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report says Tennessee is not meeting its constitutional obligation to provide an adequate legal defense to residents who can’t afford an attorney.


The report was compiled over an 18 month period at the request of the Tennessee Supreme Court.


The task force report concludes that Tennessee is failing to provide the state’s system of public defenders with adequate resources to represent indigent residents in court.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee prisoner says he shouldn't have to serve a life sentence for a crime committed when he was 14 — a slaying that garnered international attention in 1997 because prosecutors said it was part of a satanic ritual.

In legal filings, Jason Bryant points to recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that juveniles should not be sentenced to life in prison except in the most extreme cases. Those involved in the slayings deny it was part of any sort of ritual.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state scholar is heading to Russia this weekend to dig deeper into one of the strangest incidents of the Cold War.

In June 1978, eight Soviet citizens made a wild dash for the American Embassy in Moscow in a desperate bid to escape religious persecution. The eight were members of two Pentecostal Christian families from Siberia.

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.

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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee teacher who led police on a nationwide manhunt after running away with a 15-year-old student says he will plead not guilty to federal charges.

Tad Cummins filed paperwork with a federal court in Nashville saying he will plead not guilty to charges of taking a minor across state lines for sex, and obstruction of justice. The 50-year-old teacher waived the right to make the plea in person at an arraignment scheduled for Thursday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A judicial reform group says it will continue its lawsuit against the State of Tennessee over a law that revokes the driver’s licenses of offenders who fail to pay court fees and fines.

State legislators made significant changes to the law during the just completed legislative session, but the New York based National Center for Law and Economic Justice says it isn’t enough.

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.


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.