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Racial tensions simmer as Southern Baptists hold key meeting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Race-related tensions within the Southern Baptist Convention are high heading into a national meeting next week. The election of a new SBC president and debate over the concept of systemic racism may prove pivotal for some...

 

Efforts afoot to save South's disappearing grasslands

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the early 2000s, a harvest of pine trees on Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau led to a remarkable discovery. Once sunlight hit the ground, the seeds and rootstock of native grasses and wildflowers that had lain dormant for...

 

Nashville announces roll out of long delayed police cameras

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After years of delay, Nashville will begin rolling out body cameras and in-car cameras for much of its police force next month, Mayor John Cooper said in a news release Monday. Former Mayor Megan Barry first promised to...

 

Historically black colleges work to help students amid virus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ja'nayla Johnson worked hard in high school with the dream of being the first in her family to graduate from college, but she started to doubt herself as several colleges rejected her. Then Bennett, a small historically...

 

Nashville musicians find themselves without jobs or benefits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Colin Poulton moved to Nashville in 2008 to study commercial guitar. He dropped out of college but stuck with the city and the guitar, first playing in a series of original bands and more recently making his living in the...

 

Doctor: State advises using diapers to protect from virus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Department of Health is advising doctors to use diapers and swim goggles to protect their faces if they cannot obtain personal protective equipment due to shortages related to the COVID-19 outbreak, a Tennessee...

 

Amid tornado devastation, surviving homes beacons of hope

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Darrell Jennings walked out his front door and heard screaming. A tornado had just torn through his quiet Tennessee neighborhood, and the house next door, along with numerous others, h...

 

Appeals court rules for reporter in public records case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the state does not have the right to withhold ordinary public records just because they become part of a criminal investigation. The Friday ruling overturned a lower...

 

Tennessee church shooter sentenced to life without parole

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee jury deliberated less than two hours Tuesday before sentencing the man who shot up a Nashville church in 2017 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. On Friday, the jury found Emanuel Kidega Samson...

 

Federal suits claim segregation, abuse of disabled students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When a 5-year-old autistic boy came home from his Nashville public school with bruises and a bite mark, his parents sent him back with a recording device. It captured a therapist slamming their son's head on his desk, and a...

 

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