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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A group working on behalf of the families of soldiers is seeking military boots in any condition to represent fallen soldiers.

Each boot received will represent a fallen service member as part of a display that will be put together by volunteers, hopefully in time for "Gold Star Week," Oct. 27 to Nov. 1. That's when Fort Campbell hosts surviving family members for a series of events including the Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll event.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Another of the 30 teenagers who escaped from a detention center in Nashville overnight has turned himself in, leaving the number still on the run at seven.

Tennessee Department of Children's Services said Tuesday that a youth surrendered at the guard shack at Woodland Hills Youth Development Center at about 5:30 p.m. CDT.

Department spokesman Rob Johnson said earlier that 30 teenagers escaped from the center after breaking out of four different locked dormitories late Monday night. They crawled under a weak spot in a chain-link fence.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named David Purkey as the director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

Purkey, a former Hamblen County, had been serving as interim TEMA director since the retirement of Jim Bassham in April. He will also remain the governor's homeland security adviser and assistant commissioner at the Department of Safety.

Haslam cited Purkey's experience in coordinating state and local responses to emergencies.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)    --  A Murfreesboro man who told police he wanted to “test the limits of his body” ended up in the hospital Friday morning.

A report on the incident says Murfreesboro Police and EMS were called to an apartment on Wenlon Drive just before dawn in response to an accidental overdose.

Police say 25 year-old Charles A. Steele was shaking violently and vomiting when they arrived. Steele reportedly told officers he had taken approximately 20 caffeine “stay awake” pills.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A Nashville judge has dismissed charges against a man who walked around downtown last year wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle with a silencer.

Leonard Embody was arrested in July of last year and his weapon confiscated after he refused to answer questions from police.

In a Tuesday order, Judge Randall Wyatt admonished Embody for his conduct but found that he had not violated state law.