SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A deputy has testified that the death of a 5-year-old Tennessee boy followed punishments that included eating cigarette butts and drinking dish soap.
Rhea County Sheriff's Detective Rocky Potter testified Wednesday during a preliminary court hearing for the boy's mother, 29-year-old Jessica Robbins, and her boyfriend, 22-year-old Bradley Adcox. Both are charged with murder and aggravated child abuse in the Aug. 30 death of Landon Robbins.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Federal data show that dozens of Tennessee bridges are among thousands nationwide that have advanced deterioration or are at risk of collapsing.
That works out to a small percentage of the state's total bridges, a point no doubt lost on the drivers who use the deficient bridges regularly.
The Associated Press analyzed data involving more than 607,000 U.S. bridges in the National Bridge Inventory. The most recent data show that nationally more than 65,000 bridges have been rated structurally deficient.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman didn't offer any apologies in his first comments about a petition signed by more than 60 school superintendents that is critical of his leadership at the department.
Media reported that Huffman disputed many assertions in the letter, which says his office "has no interest in a dialogue" with local school leaders, and adds that superintendents' efforts to improve their schools are being thwarted by low teacher morale because of policy changes on the state level.