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Before His Execution: 'I'm Really Sorry. That's It'

Billy Ray Irick first person executed in Tennessee since 2009

(Newser) - Billy Ray Irick was executed with a lethal injection Thursday night, some 33 years after he raped and murdered Paula Dyer, a 7-year-old girl he was supposed to be babysitting. The 59-year-old was the first person executed in Tennessee since 2009 and the seventh since 1961, the Tennessean reports. "... More »

Man Shot Dead Trying to Save Abused Puppy

His fiancee wants to adopt it

(Newser) - A 37-year-old Tennessee man was shot dead after challenging a man who was abusing a puppy, police say. Fiancee Sue Hoskins, who recently moved back to the state from Iowa with Robert Wilson, tells the Tennessean that he tried to stop a man who was holding a Yorkshire terrier puppy... More »

Primaries Set Up Tough Senate Battle in Tennessee

Political outsider wins GOP nomination for governor

(Newser) - Thursday's primaries have set the stage for months of hard-fought campaigning in Tennessee—and with control of the Senate potentially in the balance, guaranteed that President Trump will be making a few visits to the state. In a move that the Washington Post predicts will give the party its... More »

A Toddler Drowned in a Day Care Pool. Her Twin Just Died

Tragedy in Tennessee at unlicensed child-care facility

(Newser) - A Tennessee toddler drowned in a day care's swimming pool Friday, and now her twin brother has also succumbed to his injuries, per the Knoxville News Sentinel . The little boy, identified by People as Elijah Orejuela, died Sunday after two days on life support; his sister, Elyssa Orejuela, died... More »

Guy on Date Breaks Biggest Unwritten Rule Ever: Cops

Kelton Griffin, 21, is accused of stealing car for another date

(Newser) - From the annals of classy guys: A Tennesee man is accused of stealing a woman's car to use on a date with her godsister that same night, the Commercial Appeal reports. Kelton Griffin, 21, allegedly took out Faith Pugh last weekend in her black Volvo because he had no... More »

5 Most, Least Violent States

Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends

(Newser) - The most violent US states tend to be in the South. They also tend to have the least restrictive gun laws in the country. That's according to 24/7 Wall St. , which determined the most and least violent of all 50 states based on the rate of murder, other violent... More »

The Knock at 3am to Report a Death Wasn't the Family's Last

The 'Tennessean' looks at the toll the opioid crisis has had on the Baltzes

(Newser) - Just before Christmas 2015, former 3 Doors Down bassist Robert "Todd" Harrell was sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted in a fatal 2013 crash that occurred on Nashville's I-40. He was driving at 101mph when he clipped a pickup being driven by Paul Shoulders Jr.... More »

Wynonna Judd Daughter Serving 8-Year Sentence

She violated probation by leaving rehab

(Newser) - Wyonna Judd's troubled 22-year-old daughter has landed in prison again, and she might be almost 30 by the time she gets out. Radar Online reports that Grace Pauline Kelley is serving an eight-year sentence at West Tennessee State Penitentiary for breaking probation on drug charges. Kelley—the daughter of... More »

Hatchet Suspect Sought Suture Kit After Attack

He visited urgent-care facility, drug store before Tuesday arrest

(Newser) - Before he was arrested Tuesday, but less than two hours after he's alleged to have killed his former boss with a hatchet in Tennessee, Domenic Micheli visited an urgent-care facility, where he tried to buy a suture kit. The 36-year-old suspect—who police say was limping from a left... More »

Cops: Fired Worker Kills Boss With Hatchet

Police in Tennessee hunting for Domenic Micheli, arrested recently near the White House

(Newser) - Police in Nashville are looking for a man they say killed his former boss with a hatchet at a strip-mall fitness facility. Domenic Micheli, 41, remains at large after Monday's attack on 46-year-old Joel Paavola inside The Balance Training, reports Fox17 . Paavola fired Micheli 14 months ago, and video... More »

Tennessee Fugitive Found 'Laying by Side of the Road'

Sheriff says Steven Wiggins, accused of killing a sheriff's deputy, was captured in Hickman County

(Newser) - An "armed and dangerous" fugitive accused of shooting to death a Tennessee sheriff's deputy has been caught, authorities tell ABC News . "CAPTURED: Steven Wiggins is in custody! More details soon!" the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted around 9am local time Friday, showing pictures of Wiggins after... More »

Tennessee Deputy Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop

'Armed and dangerous' suspect sought

(Newser) - A Tennessee sheriff's deputy was fatally shot during a traffic stop early Wednesday and police are offering a $12,500 reward to help them find the suspect, a man charged the day before with hitting a woman and stealing her car. Authorities identified the suspect as Steven Joshua Wiggins,... More »

As Woman Proposed, Her Partner Pulled Out a Ring

Video of Friday's chance event is now a viral hit

(Newser) - Jessa Gillaspie jumped up and down as her girlfriend got down on one knee Friday at the site of their first date, the Memphis Zoo, but there was more to the move than simple excitement. Before giving an answer, Gillaspie reached into her purse and pulled out a ring she'... More »

GOP Rep Blames School Shootings on Porn

Tenn. gubernatorial candidate says it's a 'big part of the root cause'

(Newser) - Pornography is playing a "big part" in the spike in school shootings, according to a Republican congresswoman running for governor of Tennessee. While discussing school shootings during a meeting with pastors in Clarksville last week, Rep. Diane Black said porn is "available on the shelf when you walk... More »

1-Year-Old Died in Hot Truck as Dad Caught a Flight

No charges in Nashville

(Newser) - A Nashville father flew out of town on a business trip, and police say he unintentionally left his 1-year-old daughter behind in his pickup truck, a mistake that proved fatal. The man's wife, Jenny Barker, had gone to work Wednesday believing husband Matt Barker would drop off their two... More »

Waffle House Hero to Get Big Reward

Crowdfunding campaign raises $166K for James Shaw Jr.

(Newser) - Survivors of Sunday's shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House have another reason to thank the man who disarmed suspected shooter Travis Reinking. A GoFundMe page launched by James Shaw Jr. has raised more than $155,000 for families of victims, including the four people killed before Shaw was able... More »

Waffle House Suspect Wearing a 'Suicide Smock'

As the AP reports Travis Reinking's dad gave him his guns back

(Newser) - The co-owner of a Colorado crane company where the suspect in a deadly weekend shooting at a Nashville restaurant once worked said she'd urged federal officials to keep Travis Reinking in custody after he was arrested at the White House last year. Reinking's former boss says he had... More »

Waffle House Suspect Told Cops Taylor Swift Stalked Him

Travis Reinking claimed he confronted pop star at Dairy Queen

(Newser) - Alleged Waffle House mass shooter Travis Reinking was still at large early Monday, and Nashville officials say schools will be in "lock-out" mode if he isn't found by the time classes begin, with guests and visitors not allowed into buildings, the AP reports. The 29-year-old, accused of killing... More »

Waffle House Hero Wrested Gun Away From Shooter

'I figured if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it'

(Newser) - James Shaw Jr. says he isn't a hero, but a lot of people—including police and survivors of Sunday morning's mass shooting at a Nashville-area Waffle House—disagree. Shaw hid in a restroom when alleged gunman Travis Reinking opened fire, then rushed him when there was a pause... More »

Alleged Waffle House Killer Was Once Arrested at White House

He reportedly wanted to speak with President Trump

(Newser) - A sheriff in Illinois says Travis Reinking's state firearms card was revoked last year by state police, but his guns were given to his father with the promise that they wouldn't be shared with his son. Police in Tennessee are searching for the 29-year-old Reinking, saying he's... More »

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