published Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

24 Tennessee courthouses receive bomb threats

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Authorities in Tennessee are investigating bomb threats that forced the evacuation of 24 courthouses across the state, including the federal building in downtown Memphis.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt said Tuesday there were seven courthouse threats in West Tennessee, four in Middle Tennessee and 13 in East Tennessee.

Heidt said no bombs have been found at any of the locations.

The federal building in Memphis that houses the federal court and other federal offices was evacuated around 9 a.m. today for a couple of hours while authorities checked it.

Heidt said the threats were made by telephone to court clerk offices.

A similar bomb threat hoax last week targeted 28 courthouses in Oregon.

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