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Gospel singer Vicki Yohe apologizes for Trump posting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A gospel singer is apologizing to her fans after posting an image on her social media account suggesting that Jesus was returning to the White House under President Donald Trump. Vicki Yohe, known for her song “Because of Who You Are,” posted the meme on Instagram on Saturday, but then removed it after getting flooded with…

South Dakota museum awarded ownership of Presley guitar

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge has ruled that a South Dakota museum is the legal owner of a guitar played by Elvis Presley. The Martin D-35 guitar has been on display at the National Music Museum since 2013. But Tennessee-based collector Larry Moss claimed he was the rightful owner. He said the memorabilia broker who donated the instrument…

Ex-Division III football player indicted on murder charge

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A former Division III college football player facing a first-degree murder charge has been indicted. William Riley Gaul was a freshman receiver for Maryville (Tennessee) College last November when he was arrested in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Emma Walker in Knoxville, Tennessee. Gaul was dismissed from the team after the arrest. According to…

Former SEC commissioner Roy Kramer to receive Summitt award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Southeastern Conference Commissioner Roy Kramer is the 2017 winner of the Pat Summitt Lifetime Achivement Award from the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. The hall announced the award Monday. Kramer will be honored June 3 at the hall’s annual induction ceremony in Nashville. Kramer started as a high school coach and won the Division II…

Memphis mayor, police chief decry weekend killings of 5

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The city’s mayor and police chief are speaking out against a rash of gun violence in Memphis over the weekend that left five dead, including two 15-year-old boys. Mayor Jim Strickland’s office issued a statement Monday decrying the killings of the two boys and three adults. He said “the weekend’s violence came from cowards who are…

3 charged with murder in Memphis drive-by shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis police have arrested three people in a drive-by shooting that killed one teenager and wounded two others. Media outlets report 21-year-old Demarcus Johnson, 19-year-old Frederick Wilson and 20-year-old Otha Ray each were charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder in Saturday’s shooting in Memphis. Police said they were…

McNally adds new staff to speaker’s office, keeps spokesman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Newly-elected Tennessee Senate Speaker Randy McNally has announced more staff changes in his office at the state Capitol. The upper chamber of the General Assembly earlier this month elected McNally to succeed longtime Speaker Ron Ramsey, who retired from the Legislature. McNally had previously announced that Rick Nicholson is replacing his Ramsey’s chief of staff, Lance…

Chattanooga police: Woman shot man in self-defense

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Chattanooga police say a woman who shot and wounded a man was defending herself and others. Police said in a news release that 30-year-old Dieshunn Lindsey was trying to assault the woman and others Sunday morning when she shot him in self-defense. Lindsey suffered a non-life-threatening gun wound and was subsequently charged with aggravated assault and…

Tennessee highway lanes closed after sinkhole opens

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities have closed all northbound lanes of a highway in east Tennessee after a 15-foot deep sinkhole opened up. Blount County Emergency Manage Agency spokesman Lance Coleman told news outlets that the sinkhole, which was reported Monday morning, began opening in the northbound lanes of Alcoa Highway, but it appears to be expanding toward the southbound…

Tennessee State Museum under audit after director gets raise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials have authorized a special audit of Tennessee State Museum operations after its executive director received a 26 percent pay raise. The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2joW0rr ) reports that museum officials announced the audit last week. Former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe, a member of the board that oversees museum operations, had called for the probe…