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Tennessee Highway Patrol major resigns following arrest

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say the head of the Special Investigations Bureau with the Tennessee Highway Patrol has resigned following his arrest on charges that include aggravated assault and public intoxication. Department of Safety and Homeland Security officials announced Friday that 47-year-old Stacy Williams had resigned before he was fired following an internal investigation. Williams and his wife…

Federal appeals court reverses death case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal appeals court has reversed a death penalty case that was prosecuted by Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich because the FBI paid a key witness $750 but the witness lied about it under oath. On Friday, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the prosecutor had a duty to disclose the payment…

Vanderbilt: More than 3,000 medical records wrongly accessed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Vanderbilt University Medical Center officials say the hospital has had a security breach where two employees accessed medical records of more than 3,000 patients. The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2mu5pin ) reports the hospital has sent out letters to patients whose personal information was inappropriately viewed. Two patient transporters accessed information that included names, birth dates and medical identification…

Thousands of trees to be planted in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An environmental group says volunteers will be planting tens of thousands of trees in Tennessee this weekend. The Tennessee Environmental Council says more than 20,000 volunteer tree-planters from the state’s 95 counties are picking up their native seedlings on Friday. On Saturday, the volunteers will prepare to plant seedlings of oak, tulip poplar, red bud, American…

Jury: Prison company violated rights, but no need to pay

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – A federal jury says private prison company CoreCivic had a longstanding custom of understaffing an Idaho prison, and that the company was deliberately indifferent to the risk of serious harm that posed to inmates. But jurors also found that the company, formerly called Corrections Corporation of America, doesn’t have to pay damages for the problem because…

Football player death: deadline passes to seek death penalty

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors in the death of a high school football player who shielded two girls from gunfire have let a deadline pass to seek the death penalty. The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2l8oyFA ) reports that Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen’s office confirmed no notice was submitted ahead of the Dec. 9 filing deadline. Tennessee law…

Tennessee Highway Patrol looking for more state troopers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol has announced that it will soon be accepting applications for its second lateral trooper class. THP officials say preferred applicants have graduated from a law enforcement training facility certified by the state Peace Officer Standards Training Commission. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a high school diploma or equivalent and be able…

Investigations raise questions about misuse of money

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two investigations released by the state comptroller’s office are raising questions about what happened to hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money that was supposed to be used to feed poor children. One probe questioned large cash withdrawals and spending by All About Giving, a nonprofit with locations in Nashville and Knoxville that helped day…

Memphis cemetery disciplined for sunken graves, other issues

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – State officials have fined a Memphis cemetery $2,800 for violations including sunken graves and failing to maintain the grounds. Tennessee’s Department of Commerce and Insurance issued the fine against Memorial Park South Woods in January. According to the department’s website, the fine also was issued for failing to maintain a properly updated master map and failing…