February 2, 2007 |
Gov. Phil Bredesen postponed four executions Thursday so the state could review and better document its procedures for lethal injection. Bredesen, a Democrat, reiterated his support for the death penalty but said he was issuing the reprieves because he was concerned the written protocol for execution wasn't specific enough. "The document describes the drugs to be used; it doesn't describe how much is to be used. That's a huge failure of that document," Bredesen said.
October 24, 2006 |
A new Republican Party television ad featuring a scantily clad white woman winking and inviting a black candidate to "call me" is drawing charges of race-baiting, with critics saying it contradicts a landmark GOP statement last year that the party was wrong in past decades to use racial appeals to win support from white voters.
August 30, 2003 |
A man facing charges of raping and kidnapping his former girlfriend opened fire at the woman's workplace, leaving one employee dead before killing himself. The gunman, 43-year-old Thomas Edgar Harrison, remained inside the Electric Picture Co. after the shooting and held off a SWAT team for more than an hour, Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said. When police entered the video production rental store, they found Harrison inside a locked bathroom, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
February 14, 2005 |
A judge hearing child abuse and neglect cases in Tennessee has given an unusual instruction to some immigrant mothers who have come before him: Learn English, or else. Most recently, it was an 18-year-old woman from Oaxaca, Mexico, who had been reported to the Department of Children's Services for failing to immunize her toddler and show up for appointments.
February 10, 2009 |
An out-of-work truck driver smiled as he pleaded guilty to killing two people and wounding six others at a Tennessee church last summer because he considered the liberal church "a den of un-American vipers." "Yes, ma'am, I am guilty as charged," Jim D. Adkisson, 58, told Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz before she sentenced him to life in prison without parole on two counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. Adkisson was scheduled to stand trial next month in the July 2008 rampage at the Tennessee Valley United Unitarian Church in Knoxville, but decided to enter a plea deal that virtually guarantees he will never leave prison alive.
November 11, 2002 |
Devastating, tornado-laden storms ripped through Tennessee and Ohio on Sunday, killing at least 10 people, trapping others in buildings and leaving thousands without power, authorities said. At least five tornadoes swept across middle and western Tennessee packing winds up to 140 mph, the National Weather Service said.
May 13, 2004 |
A bill passed Wednesday will transform Tennessee from a haven for illegal immigrants seeking driver's licenses to the state with the strictest driver's license policy in the nation, state officials said. The legislation, approved 96 to 2 in the House after it passed the Senate this week, now goes to Gov. Phil Bredesen, whose administration developed the bill. "The changes we're making today are necessary given the ongoing threat of terrorism that exists in this country," Rep.
January 22, 2004 |
A fire that swept through a rural retirement home without sprinklers or proximity to a hydrant killed three elderly residents, and six people remained hospitalized Wednesday. The privately owned Home Away From Home was not required to have a sprinkler system under state rules. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the Tuesday night blaze. "Nothing is ruled out," said Bob Pollard, a special agent with the state fire marshal.
June 12, 2003 |
The governor on Wednesday approved a lottery to fund college scholarships as Tennessee joined 47 other states with some form of legalized gambling. Only Utah and Hawaii do not permit any form of gambling. Gov. Phil Bredesen signed the legislation after months of debate in the General Assembly and a statewide referendum in November. "It's like the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae," said state Sen. Steve Cohen, who campaigned almost two decades for the lottery.