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    (CNN)The parents of a third-grade transgender child in Tennessee filed a lawsuit in federal court this week, challenging a state law that prohibits transgender students, employees, and teachers from access to the bathroom, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity. The lawsuit was filed against the Williamson County Board of Education, and the Tennessee Department of Education in the District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff identified as D.H. is a transgender girl who started third grade this week. D.H. was assigned male at birth and since age six has identified as a girl. According to the lawsuit, the parents approached their child's school to discuss the transition. "When A.H. and E.H. met with the Elementary School about how to support D.H. in her social transitioning, the Elementary School initially agreed to use "she/her" pronouns, but did not want to make a public announcement to students," the lawsuit states.Tennessee governor signs controversial bathroom bill into law After the discussion, the 2021 School Facilities Law was signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill...
    Country music band Lady A announced on Twitter on Thursday that the rest of its tour is canceled in order to support one band member's sobriety. The rest of the tour stops will come in 2023 so that singer-songwriter Charles Kelley can focus on becoming sober. In a tweet, the band called it a "hard but important decision." Lady A: Request Line Tour Update pic.twitter.com/jhcoHWBx0s— Lady A (@ladya) August 4, 2022 “We are a band, but more importantly ... we’re family. We’re proud to say that Charles has embarked on a journey to sobriety," the tweet read. "So, right now in order to be the healthiest, strongest and most creative band we can be, Lady A will take the time with the support of our families and team of professionals to walk through this together." DOLLY PARTON AWARDED CARNEGIE MEDAL OF PHILANTHROPY FOR COVID RESEARCH DONATIONS Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood of Lady A perform during CMA Fest 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 12, 2022. Grammy-winning country trio Lady A...
    A far-left group is once again suing the state of Tennessee over its policy of children using bathrooms based on their assigned sex at birth. “This lawsuit challenges a recently enacted Tennessee law, the “Tennessee Accommodations for All Children Act,” Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-2-801, et seq. (the “School Facilities Law” or “Law”), which bans transgender public school students from accessing multioccupancy restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity,” says a lawsuit filed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). “By singling out transgender students for disfavored treatment and explicitly writing discrimination against transgender people into State law, the School Facilities Law violates the most basic guarantees of equal protection under the U.S. Constitution and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.” The defendants in the case are the Williamson County Board of Education, Director of Williamson County Schools Jason Golden, and Penny Schwinn, the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education. Initially, HRC filed a lawsuit against the state when the bill was first enacted in 2021 on behalf of a different student. But that lawsuit was...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A transgender child and her parents sued the Tennessee Department of Education on Thursday over a law that prohibits transgender students and staff from using school bathrooms or locker rooms that match their gender identities. The suit was filed in federal court in Nashville by a student identified only as D.H. The complaint states D.H. was assigned male at birth but identifies as female. D.H., who is now 8 years old, began living as a girl at the age of 6, according to the lawsuit. The school initially agreed to support D.H.’s social transition but by January of this year, the “administration could not provide D.H. with the support she needed to complete her social transition,” according to the complaint. That’s because Tennessee law prevents her from using the girls bathroom at school. The school accommodates D.H. by letting her use one of four single-occupancy restrooms, which “reinforce the differential treatment” of D.H., according to the lawsuit. This violates her Constitutional rights under the Equal Protection Clause and also violates Title IX, the 1972 federal law...
    Tennessee’s attorney general said Wednesday he has sued Walgreens, accusing the drugstore chain of contributing to the state’s opioid crisis by failing to maintain effective controls against the abuse of prescription pain pills. The lawsuit seeking unspecified civil penalties was filed in Knox County Circuit Court by Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and alleges violations of Tennessee’s Consumer Protection Act. The lawsuit said that between 2006 and 2020, Walgreens retail stores in Tennessee dispensed more than 1.1 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills. One pharmacy alone in Jamestown dispensed enough opioids over that period to supply each resident with 2,104 pills. “Walgreens did not flood the State of Tennessee with opioids by accident,” Slatery said in a statement. “Rather, the fuel that Walgreens added to the fire of the opioid epidemic was the result of knowing — or willfully ignorant — corporate decisions. Walgreens ignored numerous red flags and failed to detect and prevent the abuse and diversion of dangerous narcotics.” Walgreens did not offer immediate comment Wednesday. The suit said Walgreens created a public nuisance and for years failed...
    Governor Bill Lee said last week that more than 2,000 families in Shelby and Davidson counties have already signed up for school vouchers. According to the Tennessee Department of Education, up to 5,000 are available this upcoming school year. In 2019, the Tennessee General Assembly passed and Governor Bill Lee signed Public Chapter 506, which created the Tennessee Education Savings Account (ESA) program. The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled in May that the school voucher program is constitutional. “We’re very hopeful. The law passed two years ago, and these families have waited a long time for this,” Lee said while speaking at Knowledge Quest’s Teen Tech Center in Memphis last Friday. The ESA program allows eligible students who are zoned to attend a Shelby County district school, a Metro Nashville public school, or a school that was in the Achievement School District (ASD) to use state and local money toward education expenses, including tuition and/or fees at approved private schools, according to the Tennessee Department of Education. ESAs are available to families who live in Tennessee with a student entering kindergarten...
    Tennessee State University (TSU) is facing backlash after some students have suggested there is a housing crisis ahead of the upcoming fall semester beginning on August 22nd. According to FOX 17 News, some TSU parents are being told their children may end up in hotels or other off-campus options instead of university on-campus housing due to an “overflow” of students this semester. FOX 17 reached out to the university and spoke with TSU’s Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Carolyn Davis, who denied the housing issue, saying, “We are not having a housing problem. This is the point that we want to make sure we are clear on. Again, we don’t accept students based on our housing capacity.” FOX 17 notes that Dr. Davis also said they have an “unprecedented” number of students this year, with a lot of upperclassmen and freshmen choosing to be on campus, one of the driving factors being the COVID-19 pandemic’s intrusion on typical college life. According to Dr. Davis, upper-class students usually move off campus but this year are opting to stay on...
    The Tennessee Attorney General’s office is leading a lawsuit against the Biden administration after the latter said that it will strip schools of certain government benefits if they do not conform to left-wing transgender ideology. “Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, leading a 22-state coalition along with Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, filed a lawsuit today in the Eastern District of Tennessee,” said a press release from Slatery’s office. “The lawsuit seeks to stop the Biden administration from enforcing an expansive and unlawful interpretation of federal anti-discrimination laws under the threat of withdrawing key food assistance program funding.” The Biden administration, through the United States Department of Agriculture, has threatened to withhold school lunch benefits from those schools that do not allow males to participate in female athletics, or males to use female restrooms. “USDA is committed to administering all its programs with equity and fairness, and serving those in need with the highest dignity. A key step in advancing these principles is rooting out discrimination in any form – including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” that...
    In a statement made on Tuesday and obtained by The Tennessee Star, Tennessee 5th Congressional District candidate and former Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell took the Biden administration to task over its rhetoric on a possible economic recession and “their disastrous policies.” “The Biden administration wants to change the definition for ‘recession’ because they’re trying to cover up their disastrous policies that have put the American economy in this position. The American people are smart enough to see what they’re doing,” said Harwell. “It’s universally accepted that two consecutive quarters of negative growth is a recession. We’ll see what happens on Thursday, but Biden should be doing things the Tennessee way,” she said. “As Speaker of the Tennessee House, we eliminated the income tax and the death tax, and we cut regulations, which made Tennessee a place where people wanted to do business. Now people are moving to Tennessee from all over the country because of our pro-business polices that we put in place,” added the former speaker. The Biden administration rhetoric on whether or not...
    Georgia football legacy Justice Haynes spurns Dawgs to commit to Alabama football program. Just when Kirby Smart thought he was going to land the son of a Georgia football legend, Justice Haynes turned heel and stepped on the Dawgs’ face with a Hobnail Boot to commit to Alabama. Not to say justice has been served here, but Haynes is the son of legendary Georgia fullback Verron Haynes. His touchdown grab to shock Tennessee in 2001 was the first signature victory of the Mark Richt era in Athens. In the 20-plus years since he caught the red-zone pass from David Greene, it remains one of the best plays in Georgia football history. At least Tennessee still loses… As it is with anything these days, nothing is official until Hayes Fawcett tweets out his graphic. BREAKING: Elite RB Justice Haynes has Committed to Alabama! The No. 4 RB in the nation chose the Crimson Tide over Ohio State, Georgia, and Florida. More Here (FREE): https://t.co/ESsltOAVHH pic.twitter.com/xiHcv0Cb9I — Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) July 17, 2022 Alabama Hobnail Boots Dawgs to land Justice Haynes’ 4-star RB...
    Several outraged Tennessee National Guard members reached out to The Tennessee Star Wednesday morning immediately after Governor Bill Lee’s (R-TN) interview earlier in the day on Supertalk 99.7 on Nashville’s Morning News with Dan Mandis. A message delivered by one guardsmen on behalf of several was simple: “We are even more outraged at Governor Lee’s lack of support and action than we were before he opened his mouth full of hot air on the radio. He doesn’t seem to care about us.” During that appearance, Governor Bill Lee made no commitments with regards to the men and women of the Tennessee National Guard who are about to get fired over the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the deadline of which is June 30. Mandis began the interview by asking Governor Lee what is next for the guardsmen. “I’m concerned just like you and others about the men and women that serve our state. Many of these people have served for years and defended this country and been deployed and – ah -served in other ways across the state. Very much engaged in this issue,”...
    EDDIE GEORGE has had not one but two careers that any average person would dream of. The 48-year-old from Philadelphia spent eight years in the NFL after a stellar college career. 4Eddie George was a four-time Pro Bowl running backCredit: Getty 4And he also became a Broadway starCredit: Getty And George remained in the spotlight even after he stopped playing by going into Broadway. He is now back in football where it all began as head coach of the Tennessee State Tigers. Back in college, he won the Heisman Trophy during his days at Ohio State. George was a first round pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, going No 14 overall to the then Houston Oilers. READ MORE SPORT STORIESFLAT STICK Tom Brady shuts down Josh Allen after Bills quarterback tried to mock his golfHATE MOB Golf star Paige Spiranac hits back at fan who claims she's had a boob job He hit the ground running in pro football as well on his way to being named Offensive Rookie of the Year. The 48-year-old spent most of his career with...
    Live from Music Row, Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Sergeant First Class Michelle Edwards of the Tennessee National Guard in-studio to discuss her career in the Guard and her reasons for retiring after the COVID-19 vaccine mandate came down from Washington. Leahy: We welcome to our microphones Michelle Edwards, Sergeant First Class in the Tennessee National Guard. Good morning, Michelle. Edwards: Good morning. Leahy: Well, you have a story to tell. Where are you from, Michelle? Edwards: I’m from Nashville. Leahy: Nashville. Grew up here? Edwards: Grew up here in Nashville, yes. Leahy: And when did you join the Tennessee National Guard? Edwards: I joined in 1997. Leahy: That’s a long time. Edwards: I know. Leahy: 1997. So that’s 25 years. Edwards: Yes. Leahy: And you’re now a sergeant first class? Edwards: I am. Have you been in the Tennessee National Guard? Did you go to high school here? Edwards: I did. I graduated from Overton...
    FRANKLIN, Tennessee – Gabrielle Hanson, who is a Franklin alderman-at-large, told The Tennessee Star that her office and the offices of her peers are being flooded with outraged complaints about the June 4 “Franklin Pride” event and Mayor Ken Moore’s woke proclamation that was read at the event that included drag queens and children. “Our phones and emails have been blowing up,” Hanson said. “We have received close to 100 complaints from citizens and I am hoping they will show up at the BOMA meeting on June 28 to speak during citizen comments,” she continued. “We’ve been flooded with outrage from the community but I really hope that people will show up to the meeting.” “Showing up will affect change,” she added. Hanson additionally said Moore asked them not to respond to the flood of community complaints, which included many taking issues with the fact that scantily clad drag queens were around children until he had the time to speak with the “Franklin Pride” organizer, Robert McNamara. “The mayor asked us not to respond until he spoke to the event...
    MADISON, Tennessee – Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles won another straw poll with over 81 percent of the vote at a Davidson County Republican Party debate for the candidates. In addition to Ogles, Stewart Parks and Timothy Lee participated in the debate. The Tennessee Star’s Editor-in-Chief Michael Patrick Leahy served as the moderator. Ogles spoke with The Star after the straw poll. Candidates who participated in the debate all made a donation to the Davidson County Republican Party to further the efforts of electing Republicans to the school board in the county. “It’s an honor to be here. The significance of this debate is that the money that we helped raise supports local candidates. We saw during COVID that it matters who is on the school board. These monies are going to go toward helping elect conservatives to the school board who will fight for our children,” said Ogles. “I think this is my fourth straw poll victory and it’s an honor. We’re out working hard every day knocking doors and meeting people. That’s why I won mayor. Being mayor...
    Tennessee Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives John Rose (R-TN-06) and Tim Burchett (R-TN-02) continued their criticism on Wednesday of the Biden administration’s role in the current inflation crisis, dubbed in some circles as “Bidenflation.” Rose tweeted, “Inflation is taxation – especially when it’s being fueled by reckless spending. The Biden Administration inherited one of the strongest economic recoveries of my life. It took fewer than two years for them to mess it up.” Inflation is taxation — especially when its being fueled by reckless spending. The Biden Administration inherited one of the strongest economic recoveries of my life. It took fewer than two years for them to mess it up. pic.twitter.com/xFes3u3KHx — John Rose (@RepJohnRose) June 15, 2022 In his tweet, Burchett said, “Inflation is up 8.6% this month, and gas prices are up 106% from when President Biden took office. Americans know this is a result of the president’s reckless spending, and they aren’t buying his attempts to dodge the blame.” Inflation is up 8.6% this month, and gas prices are up 106% from when...
    Robby Starbuck’s legal team filed the required response on Thursday morning with the State Supreme Court to the state of Tennessee’s petition filing which seeks to have Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Perkins’ order adding him to the ballot overturned. Starbuck had until 10 a.m. to file the response, per the order of the Tennessee Supreme Court. On Thursday, the court agreed to take up the Tennessee Republican Party’s appeal of the lower court ruling ordering Starbuck on the ballot, as well the state of Tennessee’s petition for common law writ of certiorari and supersedeas. Starbuck’s team argued that one of the reasons that the state of Tennessee’s petition should be denied is because his team doubts the Tennessee Supreme Court’s jurisdiction. The Petition should also be denied because it is doubtful that this Court has jurisdiction to grant such a petition. Furthermore, the Petition should be denied because no State officials were necessary parties in this dispute between Mr. Starbuck and the Tennessee Republican Party and the Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee (collectively, the “Party”). The trial court’s...
    The price for a gallon of gas jumped over 25 cents in just a matter of hours between morning and afternoon in the Bellevue section of Nashville. Several gas stations’ posted prices went from $4.39 per gallon of regular fuel to $4.65 in just 6 hours. In some parts of Nashville, gas prices have risen to $4.89 per gallon. A chart on the gas price tracking website Gas Buddy shows that gas prices per gallon of regular jumped 20 cents around Metro Nashville during the course of June 7. The same chart shows that the average price per gallon nationwide is $4.93 and is $4.62 throughout the state of Tennessee. It additionally shows that Tennessee saw a similar one-day increase in fuel prices to the one that Metro Nashville did. A year ago, gas prices were sitting at just under $2.80 a gallon for the Tennessee average. According to the Gas Misery Index, as of June 3, Tennesseans are paying an additional $1,002 per year on gas and Americans nationwide are spending an additional $904 a year. Outgoing U.S. Representative Jim...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In 2013, the first of more than 200 workers who labored to clean up the nation’s worst coal ash spill filed a suit against the contractor, blaming Jacobs Engineering for illnesses they believe were caused by exposure to heavy metals and radioactive particles in the ash. Nearly a decade later, not a single case has made it through the court system. As the cases drag on, dozens who believed their work for the contractor made them sick have died. They include people like Ansol Clark, who arrived at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant just hours after the Dec. 22, 2008, spill, and got to work. He labored long hours in the coal ash sludge with few or no days off for months at a time until he became too sick to work in 2013. He died last year from a rare blood cancer that he believed was caused by exposure to the ash. “Ansol never lived to see any justice,” his wife of almost 50 years, Janie Clark, said. “He never...
    (CNN) – Two young children in Tennessee have been hospitalized, due to the recent formula shortage that has hit the United States. Doctors said the children’s parents could not find the formula they normally drink, and their bodies did not tolerate the switch to a different formula. READ MORE: Nearly 43,000 People Died On US Roads Last Year, Agency SaysThe children are being treated with IV fluids and nutrition support until formula becomes available. A pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital in Memphis called the lack of available formula a ‘healthcare crisis.’ “This recall started in February,” said Dr. Mark Corkins, a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.  “Even if you have several weeks of stock, we’re now out for the special formulas. But literally, the formula recall has led to these children requiring hospitalization.” Abbott Nutrition reached an agreement with the FDA on Monday to re-open their manufacturing plant in Michigan to help with the formula shortage. READ MORE: Michigan Judge Elizabeth Gleicher Suspends 1931 Abortion BanThe plant had been closed for several months due to bacterial contamination. It...
    Congressman John Rose (R-TN-06) and several other GOP members of the House of Representatives held a press conference to highlight the concerns of Americans over a shortage of baby formula. During the press conference, Rose questioned the administration on their efforts to fix the crisis, as little noticeable improvement has been made. In fact, he highlighted the story of one mother from his district that was forced to drive to six different stores in search of a hypoallergenic variety of formula. “The president yesterday was in the Midwest raising money for the DNC. But, I say to the president: The shelves are empty, Mr. President, and so are your words. If I have to go to the FDA myself to get answers I will, because the bottom line is parents want answers to what this president is doing. And we deserve those answers,” Rose said during the event. Previously, the Tennessee lawmaker and other Republicans sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration to outline a series of questions about their efforts. “Just yesterday, the FDA announced a...
    Dashcam footage showed a police officer being run over on a busy interstate by a suspect who fled down a Tennessee highway.  Roy Nicholson, 26, of Columbia, was pulled over on I-65 North between Murfreesboro Road and McEwen Drive around 10.30am on Sunday for a 'traffic violation'. He 'asked Nicholson to step out of his car after seeing a gun in the vehicle and smelling marijuana.'  Dashcam footage shows Nicholson resisting arrest and fighting off with Franklin Police Officer Dustyn Stevens, who attempts to keep the man's hands behind his back.  Nicholson can be heard yelling 'sir, stop,' as he pushes Stevens away. Stevens manages to keep ahold of him, backing the two up against Nicholson's white car.  As they continue to struggle, Nicholson manages to open the driver's side door as Officer Matt Lamarr pulls up in another cruiser and races toward the two men.  Roy Nicholson, 26, of Columbia, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a first responder and felony evading after he resisted arrest and dragged two officers down a Tennessee highway  Officers Dustyn Stevens and Matt Lamarr can be...
    A woman was arrested Sunday after her car broke down on a bridge while she was transporting over 200 pounds of marijuana and roughly $18,000, police said. Catherine Mardesich, 54, was driving across a bridge on Interstate 55 between Tennessee and Arkansas when her rental car ran out of gas and she was rear-ended, according to a report. An officer with the Arkansas State Police approached the scene to investigate and take inventory, but Mardesich said she did not want him to proceed. The officer, however, continued his work and identified a "strong odor" resembling marijuana, the report noted. WATCH: WOMAN MIRACULOUSLY SURVIVES COLLAPSE UNDER MOVING TRAIN Mardesich was taken into custody, and at least five large cardboard boxes, a smaller box, and a duffel bag full of a vaccum-sealed "green, leafy substance" were seized, police said. Several boxes had writing that read "contains cannabis," according to the report. At least 229 pounds of marijuana and $17,800 in cash were captured, police said. Mardesich is charged with one count of felony drug...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to vacate his execution date so that an appeals court could review new evidence in his case. Oscar Smith, 71, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection April 21. He was convicted of fatally stabbing and shooting his estranged wife, Judith Smith, and her sons Jason and Chad Burnett, 13 and 16, at their Nashville home on Oct. 1, 1989. Smith has maintained that he is innocent. Earlier this month, Smith asked the Davidson County Criminal Court to reopen his case after a new type of DNA analysis found the DNA of an unknown person on one of the murder weapons. The judge denied that request as well as a second request to reconsider, writing that the evidence of Smith’s guilt was extensive. Smith has appealed to the Criminal Court of Appeals and asked for an expedited hearing. In a Thursday motion, Smith’s attorneys asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to halt Smith’s execution so that the Appeals Court could have time to...
    The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is joining states across the nation to ask motorists to move over and slow down for highway workers, the department announced Monday in a press release. TDOT will spread the message statewide this week, which is National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 11th-15th), to improve safety in Tennessee’s interstate and highway construction and maintenance work zones, the department notes. TDOT’s overhead Dynamic Message Signs will display work zone safety messages on interstates in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, according to the department. Prominent buildings and bridges will be lighted in orange, and “Work with Us – Move Over, Slow Down” signs are posted at work zones across the state, displaying the message at various locations statewide, TDOT notes. Throughout the week, TDOT will also be posting photos, infographics, and videos on social media to broaden awareness of the importance of driving safely and undistracted, especially through work zones. TDOT launched the “Work with Us – Move Over, Slow Down” safety campaign five years ago to help bring awareness to the importance of safety in...
    A bill Thursday passed the Tennessee Senate that would allow patients to obtain a commonly-used drug over the counter. SB 2188 “authorizes ivermectin suitable for human use to be sold or purchased as an over-the-counter medication in this state without a prescription or consultation with a pharmacist or certain other healthcare professional.” Ivermectin, a widely used anti-parasitic, has been the subject of hot debate during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the failure of the federal government to authorize the use of any therapeutics to treat patients with COVID-19, instead of choosing to push vaccines as the only solution to the deadly virus, some Americans turned to Ivermectin. But many were denied prescriptions – even by pharmacies – when they sought to treat themselves with the drug. The bill, introduced by State Senator Frank Niceley (R-District 8), would allow anyone to obtain the drug without approval from a doctor or pharmacist. Whether Ivermectin works in fighting COVID-19 has never truly been established, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is against its use, despite the fact that the government agency itself...
    The Tennessee Senate passed a law Thursday allowing for ivermectin to be sold over the counter in the state. S.B. 2188 clarifies that the drug must be "suitable for human use" to apply. The law will go into effect after the governor signs it, with "the public welfare requiring it." This law also makes pharmacists who sell ivermectin "immune from disciplinary or adverse administrative action" as long as they're "acting in good faith and with reasonable care." BIDEN CAN SAVE LIVES WITHOUT SPENDING ALL THOSE EXTRA BILLIONS ON COVID "Also, a pharmacist or prescriber involved in the provision of ivermectin under this amendment will be immune from civil liability in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct for actions authorized by provisions of this amendment," its summary reads. "Ivermectin is one of the many therapeutic options like vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, and anti-virals that have proven to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19,” co-sponsor of the bill Sen. Rusty Crowe said. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration classified the...
    (CNN)The NAACP is representing a majority-Black town in Tennessee and helped it file a lawsuit on Friday alleging that the state comptroller exceeded his authority and racially discriminated against the town in its financial dealings. Mason Mayor Emmit Gooden, the Board of Aldermen and the town are accusing Jason Mumpower, Tennessee's Comptroller of the Treasury, of violating the Equal Protection Clause and going beyond his authority under state and federal law as comptroller through his "unlawful efforts" to take over the town's finances. The comptroller's office declined to comment on the lawsuit but has previously denied bias in the decision to oversee the town's finances. Read More This lawsuit follows an ongoing battle over financial supervision between town officials and the comptroller's office as the area is welcoming a $5.8 billion Ford Motor Company plant in 2025 called BlueOval City. A couple of weeks ago, Mumpower sent a letter to Mason residents calling on them to push for the town to relinquish its charter. After the town decided to keep its charter, the comptroller said it must fix the...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed a motion to declare a Tennessee death row inmate intellectually disabled, a move that would have prohibited his upcoming execution. Senior Judge Walter Kurtz wrote that federal courts had previously determined Byron Black was not intellectually disabled and therefor was ineligible to have the decision considered once again. The 45-page decision comes despite agreement between Nashville’s district attorney and Black’s lawyers that he is intellectually disabled and should not be put to death. Black is scheduled to be executed on Aug. 18 for his murder convictions in the April 1988 killings of his girlfriend and her two young daughters. Black’s attorneys had argued the 65-year-old should be spared under a 2021 law that made Tennessee’s prohibition against executing people with intellectual disability retroactive, pointing out there is a different standard in place now than in 2004 — when the court found that Black didn’t meet the now-obsolete definition of “mental retardation.” Previously, Tennessee had no mechanism for an inmate to reopen a case to press an intellectual disability claim. However,...
    Pastors in Tennessee are pushing back against Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) for her involvement in the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Following the second day of hearings, pastors with the Southern Christian Coalition penned a letter to express their "frustration" over Blackburn's seemingly unprofessional approach during the hearings. According to the members of the grassroots organization, Blackburn failed to maintain a professional stance placing more of an emphasis on politics, according to FOX17. Rev. Brandon Berg, Pastor of First United Church located in Bristol, Tenn., recently weighed in with his concerns about Blackburn's actions. “While most Senators in the Judiciary Committee focused on the qualifications and experience of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, our Senator Marsha Blackburn’s line of questioning was inappropriate and irrelevant, and as a Christian, pastor, and Tennessean, I was embarrassed by her public behavior,” said Berg.Senator Blackburn tossed away an opportunity to behave professionally in favor of currying votes from her political base. Her vocabulary of fear-mongering is in stark contrast to the faith she claims...
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Teafale Lenard had 14 points as Middle Tennessee routed Boston University 76-46 in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational on Monday night. Donovan Sims had 13 points for Middle Tennessee (25-10). DeAndre Dishman and Elias King each had 12 points. Boston University totaled 22 points in the second half, a season low for the team. Sukhmail Mathon had 12 points for the Terriers (22-13). Javante McCoy and Walter Whyte each had 11 points. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Josiah-Jordan James led five players in double figures 16 points, 14 of them during a six-minute stretch in which ninth-ranked Tennessee pulled away to a 72-59 victory over Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament on Friday night. The Volunteers (24-7) won for the 10th time in 11 games to advance to Saturday’s semifinals against either No. 5 Kentucky or Vanderbilt. Kennedy Chandler had 11 points for Tennessee despite missing time in the first and second half after suffering what appeared to be a right foot or ankle injury. He finished the game, though, making a layup for the final margin of victory. James and Chandler were joined in double figures by Zakai Zeigler (11), Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (10) and Santiago Vescovi (10) for the Vols, who led 39-37 at halftime. Shakeel Moore led Mississippi State (18-15) with 15 points. Tolu Smith had 14 and Iverson Molina, the SEC’s third-leading scorer, finished with 10 on 3 of 9 shooting. The 10th-seeded Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals with a 73-51 tournament-opening victory over South Carolina. They...
    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jordan Walker made a layup for an 11-point lead with 15 seconds left in triple overtime and UAB beat Middle Tennessee 102-98 in the Conference USA tournament semifinals on Friday. Walker finished with 40 points and Michael Ertel scored a season-high 26 points for UAB (26-7). Quan Jackson added 16 points and 10 rebounds. DeAndre Dishman scored a career-high 25 points and had nine rebounds for the Blue Raiders (23-10). Donovan Sims added 21 points and nine rebounds. Camryn Weston had 17 points and nine rebounds. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jahmir Young recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds to lift Charlotte to a 60-56 win over Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night. Austin Butler had 12 points and six rebounds for Charlotte (16-13, 9-8 Conference USA). Clyde Trapp Jr. added 11 points and nine rebounds. Camryn Weston had 16 points for the Blue Raiders (22-8, 13-4), whose eight-game win streak was snapped. Eli Lawrence added 13 points and six rebounds. Donovan Sims had 10 points. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A new bill would, if enacted into law, prohibit a Tennessee licensing board or disciplinary subcommittee from acting against a physician’s license based solely on the physician’s recommendations to a patient regarding treatment for COVID-19. The bill would also prohibit a pharmacy from blocking or attempting to block a patient’s access to COVID-19 treatments in certain circumstances. State Representative Bud Hulsey (R-Kingsport) sponsors the house bill (HB 1870), while State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) sponsors the house bill, SB 1880. “This bill prohibits a licensing board or disciplinary subcommittee from acting against a physician’s license based solely on the physician’s recommendations to a patient regarding treatment for COVID-19, so long as the physician exercised independent medical judgment and believes that the medical treatment is in the best interest of the patient,” according to the language of the bill. “This bill also prohibits pharmacies from blocking or attempting to block a patient’s access to a drug, biological product, or device solely prescribed as a treatment for COVID-19 on the basis that the United States FDA has not approved the drug, biological product, or...
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — David Sloan had 19 points to propel East Tennessee State to a 73-69 victory over UNC Greensboro 73-69 on Sunday. J ordan King and Mohab Yasser added 15 points each for the Buccaneers (15-16, 7-11 Southern Conference). Ty Brewer pitched in with 13 points and seven rebounds. Kobe Langley scored a career-high 21 points for the Spartans (17-13, 9-9). Keyshaun Langley added 11 points. Mohammed Abdulsalam had 10 points and eight rebounds. The Buccaneers evened the season series against the Spartans. UNC Greensboro defeated East Tennessee State 80-76 on Jan. 26. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ Portions of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kenny White Jr. had 18 points as Tennessee Tech beat UT Martin 88-75 on Saturday night. Diante Wood added 17 points and eight rebounds for Tennessee Tech (10-20, 7-10 Ohio Valley Conference). Jr. Clay chipped in 15 points. Shandon Goldman had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. After Tennessee Tech outscored UT Martin 37-24 in the first half, both teams scored 51 in the second. The Skyhawks’ 51 second-half points marked a season high for the team. Bernie Andre scored a season-high 25 points and had 11 rebounds for the Skyhawks (8-22, 4-14), whose losing streak stretched to seven games. KJ Simon added 21 points and six rebounds. Mikel Henderson had six assists. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Camryn Weston had 10 rebounds and 10 assists to carry Middle Tennessee to a 69-52 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday night, the Blue Raiders’ eighth consecutive victory. Eli Lawrence had 15 points for Middle Tennessee (22-7, 13-3 Conference USA). DeAndre Dishman added 10 points and seven rebounds. Josh Jefferson had 10 points. Dayvion McKnight had 13 points for the Hilltoppers (17-12, 9-7), whose seven-game winning streak ended. Josh Anderson added 11 points and six rebounds. Camron Justice had 10 points, six rebounds and five steals. Jamarion Sharp had 8 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks. The Blue Raiders improved to 2-0 against the Hilltoppers this season. Middle Tennessee defeated Western Kentucky 93-85 on Jan. 29. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ben Sheppard had 24 points as Belmont rolled past Tennessee State 87-67 on Saturday. Grayson Murphy had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Belmont (25-6, 15-3 Ohio Valley Conference), which earned its sixth consecutive home victory. Will Richard added 13 points. Nick Muszynski had 10 points. Carlos Marshall Jr. had 17 points for the Tigers (13-17, 8-10). Kassim Nicholson added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Dedric Boyd had 11 points. The Bruins also defeated Tennessee State 88-61 on Feb. 3. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Santiago Vescovi scored 14 points and Zakai Zeigler had 11 of his 13 points in the second half to lead No. 17 Tennessee to a 67-62 victory over No. 3 Auburn on Saturday. Kennedy Chandler had 13 and Josiah-Jordan James added 10 for the Volunteers (21-7, 12-4 Southeastern Conference), who improved their record at home to 15-0 this season. The Tigers (25-4, 13-3) were led by Jabari Smith with 27 points. K.D. Johnson had 18 points as Auburn lost on the road for the third straight time. Tennessee led by 10 with 2 minutes left in the game, but Auburn chipped away at the lead. Smith had a four-point play with 58 seconds left to cut the difference to three, then Zeigler hit a running jumper to push the lead back to five, 65-60. Tennessee had a four-minute scoreless stretch in the first half when Auburn turned a six-point deficit into a seven-point lead. In the second half, the Vols’ 17-2 run covered more than five minutes and put Tennessee up 45-41. BIG PICTURE Auburn: Zep...
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carlos Marshall Jr. had 21 points as Tennessee State romped past Tennessee Tech 92-56 on Thursday night. Marshall Jr. made 8 of 10 shots from the floor, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range for the Tigers (13-16, 8-9 Ohio Valley Conference). Dedric Boyd had 18 points and Kassim Nicholson scored 15. Shakem Johnson added 10 points and seven rebounds. Tennessee State posted a season-high 28 assists. Jr. Clay had 18 points for the Golden Eagles (9-20, 6-10). Keishawn Davidson added 16 points and seven rebounds. Amadou Sylla had 12 rebounds. The Tigers improve to 2-0 against the Golden Eagles for the season. Tennessee State defeated Tennessee Tech 80-64 on Jan. 17. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ Portions of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Eli Lawrence had 18 points and nine rebounds as Middle Tennessee extended its win streak to seven games, defeating Marshall 74-65 on Thursday night. Donovan Sims had 13 points for Middle Tennessee (21-7, 12-3 Conference USA). Josh Jefferson added 10 points. Andrew Taylor had 24 points for the Thundering Herd (11-18, 4-12). Obinna Anochili-Killen added 14 points and eight rebounds. Taevion Kinsey had 10 points. The Blue Raiders improve to 2-0 against the Thundering Herd on the season. Middle Tennessee defeated Marshall 81-79 on Jan. 27. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in the studio to answer questions about a potential run for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District vacancy. Leahy: In studio with me right now, from Obion County – the northwest part of the state – the Mayor of Maury County, that bastion of freedom, the turbocharged engine of economic growth, Andy Ogles. Good morning, Andy. Ogles: Good morning. How are you today? Leahy: Did I pronounce Obion correctly? Ogles: Yeah, you did. Leahy: Okay. All right. Ogles: Rusty is a good guy, too. Leahy: He’s a very good guy. I promised our listeners something, Andy. (Ogles chuckles) And so I always deliver on my promises. And so we want to ask –  I’ll set the stage; here’s the big question. We asked you this question two weeks ago, and we’re going to ask it again today. As our listeners know, the Tennessee 5th...
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Donovan Sims scored 17 points, Camryn Weston had 12 points and seven rebounds, and Middle Tennessee defeated UTEP 77-59 on Monday night. Josh Jefferson added 14 points for Middle Tennessee (20-7, 11-3 Conference USA), which won its sixth straight game. Souley Boum had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Miners (16-11, 9-6). ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Pettway had a season-high 22 points as Tennessee Tech beat Austin Peay 73-69 on Saturday. Jr. Clay had 16 points for Tennessee Tech (9-19, 6-9 Ohio Valley Conference). Kenny White Jr. added 10 points and seven rebounds. Keishawn Davidson had seven assists. Tariq Silver had 15 points for the Governors (10-16, 6-10). Caleb Stone-Carrawell added 12 points. Cameron Copeland had 10 points and seven rebounds. The Golden Eagles leveled the season series against the Governors. Austin Peay defeated Tennessee Tech 58-55 on Jan. 29. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kassim Nicholson had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead five Tennessee State players in double figures as the Tigers beat SIU Edwardsville 81-65 on Thursday night. Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. added 16 points for the Tigers (11-16, 6-9 Ohio Valley Conference). Dedric Boyd and Shakem Johnson scored 12 apiece and Monty Johal had 10. Shaun Doss Jr. had 15 points for the Cougars (9-18, 3-11). DeeJuan Pruitt added 13 points and seven rebounds. Shamar Wright had 12 points. The Tigers improve to 2-0 against the Cougars on the season. Tennessee State defeated Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 75-70 on Jan. 27. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ Portions of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jr. Clay scored 19 points as Tennessee Tech defeated Southeast Missouri 98-94 on Thursday night. John Pettway added 17 points for the Golden Eagles, while Kenny White Jr. chipped in 16. Clay hit 9 of 10 free throws. He added six assists. White also had five steals. Daniel Ramsey had 13 points for Tennessee Tech (8-19, 5-9 Ohio Valley Conference). Eric Reed Jr. scored a career-high 35 points for the Redhawks (11-16, 6-8). Manny Patterson tied a season high with 20 points and had 10 rebounds. Nana Akenten had 14 points. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MIAMI (AP) — Josh Jefferson had 15 points as Middle Tennessee topped Florida International 71-65 on Thursday night. Eli Lawrence had 14 points for Middle Tennessee (18-7, 9-3 Conference USA), which won its fourth straight game. DeAndre Dishman added 10 rebounds. Tevin Brewer had 17 points and nine assists for the Panthers (14-12, 4-9). Isaiah Banks and Denver Jones each had 11 points. The Blue Raiders improve to 2-0 against the Panthers on the season. Middle Tennessee defeated Florida International 50-39 on Jan. 15. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Josh Jefferson poured in 30 points and Middle Tennessee stretched its home winning streak to 12 games with a 78-63 victory over Charlotte on Sunday. Jefferson made 4 of 6 shots from 3-point range for the Blue Raiders (17-7, 8-3 Conference USA). Tyler Millin had 11 points and DeAndre Dishman scored 10. Jahmir Young had 26 points to lead the 49ers (13-11, 6-6). Austin Butler added 13 points. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ Portions of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Zakai Zeigler came off the bench to score 16 points to lead No. 19 Tennessee to a 73-64 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Josiah-Jordan James had 14 points for the Volunteers (18-6, 9-3 Southeastern Conference), John Fulkerson had 12 and Santiago Vescovi 10. The Commodores (13-11, 5-7) were led by Scotty Pippen, Jr. with 23 points. Myles Stute scored 17 and Rodney Chatman had 11. Tennessee’s 12-point halftime lead grew to 16 early in the second half before Vanderbilt made its move. Stute hit a pair of 3-pointers, Chatman had two free throws and Jordan Wright hit a 3-pointer to close the gap to 50-45. Pippen scored six straight to get the difference to one with 11:34 to play, but Fulkerson had a three-point play and the Commodores then went more than four minutes without scoring as the Vols got the lead back to seven. A pair of Kennedy Chandler baskets, his first points of the night, pushed the Tennessee lead to 10 with 3 minutes to play, 69-59. BIG PICTURE Vanderbilt: Pippen came into...