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Chiefs Kicker to Female Grads: Best Job Title Is 'Homemaker'
Butker Doubles Down:
I Only Answer to Jesus

Butker Doubles Down: I Only Answer to Jesus

Kansas City Chiefs kicker doesn't back down from controversial remarks from commencement speech

(Newser) - Harrison Butker showed up Friday in public for the first time since his controversial commencement speech at Benedictine College earlier this month, with "zero regret" on those previous remarks, per Fox News . "I lean on those closest to me for guidance, but I can never forget that it...

Lender Drops Foreclosure Claim on Graceland Amid Suspicion

There are indications loan signature was fraudulent

(Newser) - The lending company that planned to auction off Graceland, Elvis Presley's former mansion and burial place, is withdrawing all claims to the property after allegations of fraud, per Reuters . Naussany Investments and Private Lending sought a public auction of the iconic Memphis property, claiming previous owner Lisa Marie Presley...

Tennessee Judge Blocks Foreclosure Sale of Graceland

Temporary injunction means no one is buying the King's old digs on Thursday

(Newser) - A Tennessee judge on Wednesday blocked the auction of Graceland, the iconic former home of Elvis Presley, by a company that claimed his estate failed to repay a loan that used the property as collateral. As the AP reports, Shelby County Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins issued a temporary injunction against the...

Sanitation Firm Fined $650K for Hiring Kids to Clean Factories

Fayette Janitorial Service has also agreed to no longer hire minors to work in meatpacking plants

(Newser) - A Tennessee-based sanitation company has agreed to pay more than half a million dollars after a federal investigation found it illegally hired at least two dozen children to clean dangerous meat-processing facilities in Iowa and Virginia. The US Department of Labor announced Monday that Fayette Janitorial Service LLC entered into...

Tennessee Could Soon Have Armed Teachers
Governor Signs Bill
Allowing Armed Teachers

Governor Signs Bill Allowing Armed Teachers

Tennessee's Bill Lee OKed controversial legislation, which goes into effect immediately

(Newser) - As expected, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed off on a new law permitting teachers and staff to carry handguns on campus in public schools. "What's important is that we give districts tools and the option to use a tool that will keep their children safe," Lee...

Family: Riley Strain Was 'Helped' Into River
Riley Strain
Was 'Helped'
Into River
in case you missed it

Family: Riley Strain Was 'Helped' Into River

Mom Michelle Whiteid says text message raises possibility that his drink was drugged

(Newser) - Having had nearly a month to process Riley Strain's death in Nashville, mother Michelle Whiteid says she's bothered by text messages the 22-year-old sent her before he was asked to leave a downtown bar on March 8. Strain, whose body was discovered less than two weeks later in...

American Idol Alum Found Dead in Nashville

No word on cause of death for 47-year-old Grammy winner Mandisa Hundley, on show's Season 5

(Newser) - A singer who performed on the fifth season of American Idol nearly 20 years ago died Thursday in Tennessee's capital. "We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased," a rep for the singer says in a statement, per People . "At this time...

Descendant of Cousins Loses Bid to Block Marriage Change

Tennessee Rep. Gino Bulso brings Supreme Court's gay union ruling into debate

(Newser) - The Republican-led Tennessee Legislature has overwhelmingly voted to send GOP Gov. Bill Lee a proposal that would ban marriage between first cousins. The House cast a 75-2 vote Thursday on the bill after the Senate previously approved it without any opposition. But a particularly vocal opponent, Republican Rep. Gino Bulso,...

Country Star Morgan Wallen Ends Weekend in the Pokey

Star arrested in Nashville after cops say he hurled a chair off a bar rooftop

(Newser) - Morgan Wallen had quite the weekend in Nashville, ending his Sunday night out in Tennessee's capital with an arrest. WKRN reports that the 30-year-old country star was detained after allegedly throwing a chair from the rooftop of the six-story Chief's bar, owned by fellow country performer (and Field ...

Glasses Found in Search for Teen Last Seen in February

Sebastian Rogers, 15, apparently vanished from his bedroom in Hendersonville, Tennessee

(Newser) - A pair of glasses has been found in the search for a glasses-wearing Tennessee teenager with autism, last seen 40 days ago. Sebastian Rogers, 15, was last seen Feb. 25 at his home in Hendersonville, a city 10 miles northeast of Nashville. His mother said she went to wake him...

Tennessee Appears to Want to Protect Itself From 'Chemtrails'

Though it doesn't say as much (and also, chemtrails don't exist)

(Newser) - Tennessee's new bill banning the release of airborne chemicals, which will become law July 1 if the governor signs it, does not mention "chemtrails" by name but is said to be inspired by the chemtrail conspiracy theory, in which toxic chemicals are said to be spread by airplanes....

Riley Strain Found Dead in Nashville
Riley Strain Found
Dead in Nashville

Riley Strain Found Dead in Nashville

Body of missing 22-year-old University of Missouri student found in Cumberland River

(Newser) - Some sad news regarding missing University of Missouri student Riley Strain, who disappeared earlier this month while on a fraternity trip to Tennessee: Authorities in Nashville say they've found the 22-year-old's body, reports the AP . An update from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says that Strain's body...

Tennessee Is First State to Protect People's Voice Rights

Gov. Bill Lee signs ELVIS Act into law

(Newser) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday made the state the first to protect people's voice rights when he signed the ELVIS Act into law. Supported by a large number of musical artists and music industry groups, the law will protect residents' voices, images, and likenesses from being replicated using...

Newly Released Footage Shows Riley Strain Talking to Cop

The college student disappeared shortly thereafter

(Newser) - Riley Strain, the University of Missouri student who vanished on a fraternity trip to Nashville on March 8, is seen in newly released police bodycam footage interacting with an officer shortly before he disappeared that night. Strain is seen walking past an officer on a Gay Street sidewalk adjacent to...

Missing Student May Have Been Overserved

Riley Strain was kicked out of Luke Bryan's bar in Nashville

(Newser) - A college student who has been missing in Nashville since last Friday night may have been overserved at country star Luke Bryan's bar, authorities say. Riley Strain, a 22-year-old University of Missouri senior, was kicked out of Luke's 32 Bridge around 9:45pm on Friday and his friends...

Two College Students Missing in Separate Incidents

Riley Strain of the University of Missouri and Caleb Harris of Texas A&M

(Newser) - Two college students are missing and the subject of police searches, one in Nashville and the other in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • Nashville: A University of Missouri student went missing Friday during a trip to Nashville with his fraternity brothers. Riley Strain, 22, a member of the Delta Chi fraternity, became

Plane Was Cleared for Emergency Landing, Didn't Make It

Plane crashes off highway near Nashville's John C. Tune Airport, killing 5

(Newser) - A single-engine plane crashed near a highway in Nashville, Tennessee, just a few miles short of the airport it had tried to reach for an emergency landing on Monday, killing five people aboard, authorities said, per the AP . The pilot made an emergency call to John C. Tune Airport around...

Paramore Rebuffs Honor After Tenn. GOP Disses Black Singer

Hayley Williams decries 'cruel' move to deny similar honor for fellow Grammy winner Allison Russell

(Newser) - Last week, Tennessee state Rep. Justin Jones brought a pair of resolutions to the floor of the state's House of Representatives, honoring the pop band Paramore and the folk musician Allison Russell for winning Grammys earlier this month. After a Republican lawmaker stymied one of those resolutions, however—that...

State Bill Would Have You Buy Your Beer Warm

Tennessee measure would ban sales of cold beer to cut down on drinking and driving

(Newser) - Grabbing a cold one from the local gas station or convenience store on the way home from work may soon be a thing of the past for the quaffers of Tennessee. New legislation has been introduced in the Volunteer State that would prohibit the sale of chilled beer, in an...

Feds Sue Tennessee Over Prostitution Law

Justice Department faults state for penalizing HIV-positive sex workers

(Newser) - The US Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Tennessee over its decades-old felony aggravated prostitution law, arguing that it illegally imposes tougher criminal penalties on people who are HIV positive. The lawsuit, filed in western Tennessee, follows an investigation completed in December by the Justice Department warning that...

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