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A group of 10 death row inmates suing over lethal injection in Tennessee argued on Friday that the state’s backup plan -- the electric chair -- is an unconstitutional “torture device.”

Mark “Coonrippy” Brown, distant runnerup to Gov. Bill Haslam in the Aug. 7 Republican gubernatorial primary, has had a bucket of ice water dumped on his head and challenged Haslam, Sen. Lamar and a Nashville radio talk show host to join him in accepting the ALS challenge.

KNOXVILLE — Knox County's vice unit hit the Internet in search of escorts and netted charges against four women, including one who said she was there to provide security for co-workers.

Officials in Loudon County report major damage in town of Philadelphia due to a storm system that swept through the area about 3 p.m.

OAK RIDGE — A drunken Sunbright man posed as an Oak Ridge High School student in at least two classrooms last week before he was nabbed in a school hallway by police during a class change.

KNOXVILLE — A 23-year-old Knoxville woman told police late Monday night she "just wanted to swim" after making her way across Fort Loudoun Lake wearing only a bra and panties.

HARRIMAN – A female burglary suspect was shot and killed by police answering a call of a burglary in progress about 1 p.m. Tuesday on Fairchild Street, authorities said.

KNOXVILLE — A Knoxville police cadet killed in a shootout at his former girlfriend’s home that also left a family friend dead had a state-issued handgun carry permit.

A 2-year-old Clinton boy who fell into his grandparents' pool this week died Thursday morning at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

A Monroe County jail escapee surrendered to authorities in Polk County on Tuesday, telling officials he was “tired of running,” officials said.

KINGSTON, Tenn. — An East Tennessee judge has declined to recognize the Iowa marriage of two men in his courtroom for a divorce.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — While some crew members pounded rock into gravel with sledgehammers, others used pry bars to skid granite boulders into place. A hand-powered cable winch capable of pulling 4,000 pounds was strapped to a buckeye tree at the top of a steep flight of steps, and everyone was covered in mud.

KNOXVILLE — A 39-year-old Morristown man escaped an apparent robbery trap at a Knoxville apartment set by a woman he met on social media.

Six challenges to gay marriage bans and restrictions in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee are before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which decided to hear all of them in one session Wednesday in one of the most important days yet in the wave of legal efforts around the country to overturn marriage bans.

A Sevier County man listed on the TBI's Top 10 Wanted roster was captured Thursday morning in Morristown.

WASHINGTON — With the primary just days away, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s re-election campaign is doing something it has avoided doing for months: It is finally acknowledging the existence of Republican challenger Joe Carr.

Authorities arrested a man who allegedly stopped traffic to stab himself Tuesday afternoon in Morristown, officials said.

OAK RIDGE, TN - It's OK to talk Southern and work at a national lab — after all.

A 6-year-old Blount County boy was rushed to an area hospital after being mauled by a pit bull Monday afternoon, authorities said.

San Bernardino County, Calif., authorities are searching possible locations for evidence of foul play in the disappearance of an Oak Ridge native missing for three weeks and an affidavit said a neighbor, with whom she was allegedly having an affair, took her hunting the day she disappeared.

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — A recently discharged Marine who volunteered at a horse ranch with the missing pregnant wife of another California-based Marine has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a destructive device, authorities said Monday.

NASHVILLE — Monroe County candidate for sheriff Randy White did not meet the requirements for police officer certification, the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission voted unanimously Friday.

KNOXVILLE — Authorities identified a Knoxville woman killed Thursday when an Indiana church bus ran a red light and slammed into her vehicle.

KNOXVILLE — Knox County court officers subdued a belligerent man Thursday with the assistance of an electric stun gun.

KNOXVILLE — A Knoxville man pleaded guilty today to kidnapping his ex-wife from a home where she worked as a housekeeper.

KINGSTON, Tenn. — If you don't request, you don't receive.

In just a few weeks, another East Tennessee courthouse will prominently display the national motto.

Charges are pending after a woman was run over with a pickup by her boyfriend in the Western Heights public housing complex Monday afternoon, police said.

Pilot Flying J has reached a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid criminal charges against the company.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — These two self-proclaimed staunch conservatives — U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and challenger Weston Wamp — say they agree on many issues, from states' rights to keeping the federal officials out of education to criticisms of the Affordable Care Act.

KNOXVILLE — Police charged a 50-year-old South Knoxville man with aggravated assault after he allegedly stabbed a drinking buddy Monday morning at his home.

A woman was run over by a pickup after apparently jumping out or being pushed out of the vehicle in the Western Heights public housing complex Monday afternoon, Knoxville police said.

Pilot Flying J said Monday it has “reached an understanding with the U. S. Attorney’s office” and the U. S. Department of Justice, that the company will not be prosecuted.

KNOXVILLE — A South Knoxville man has been charged after allegedly confessing to stabbing his mother in the neck during an argument overnight, according to records.

A black bear was struck and killed Friday afternoon near Cosby, officials said.

KNOXVILLE — The family of an Oak Ridge native missing since late June in California is leaning on their faith as the days and weeks pass since she disappeared.

Her boyfriend says she’s dead and is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can tell him where her body is located.

CLINTON — A Knoxville man was drunk and high on marijuana in December 2013 when he crashed on Lewallen Bridge, killing one passenger and injuring four other people, according to indictments and a Clinton Police Department incident report.

No one was injured when flames erupted from a Campbell County fireworks store Sunday afternoon, sending fireworks shooting in all directions and briefly shutting down traffic along Interstate 75, authorities said.

A small video company that makes award-winning documentaries on the natural and cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachians has turned its cameras on Cades Cove, the most popular attraction in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The single mother of a 17-month-old Morgan County, Tenn., boy whose June 1 death at home is being investigated as a homicide is speaking out for the first time since her child died.

NASHVILLE — A 58-year-old Knoxville man is the winner of the $259.8. million Powerball, lottery officials announced Thursday.

A 24-year-old Morristown man died in surgery Wednesday after he was impaled by a metal pole that went through his seat in a single-vehicle crash.

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., a man revered by two political parties and mourned by vice presidents, international dignitaries and local neighbors alike, was laid to rest Tuesday in the cemetery across the street from the house in which he grew up.

KNOXVILLE — Jordan McRae didn't touch the cake.

KNOXVILLE — Jordan McRae didn’t touch the cake.

SEVIERVILLE — Four stalwarts of the nation’s conservative movement exhorted an appreciative Sevier County tea party crowd of several hundred Thursday night to stay true to their principles.

KNOXVILLE — A man wanted in a North Knoxville shooting that left a man dead and a woman wounded surrendered Friday to police.

KNOXVILLE — Police on Thursday were questioning four males in connection with a North Knoxville shooting that left a man dead and two others wounded.

The arrests made as part of the FBI’s nationwide Operation Cross Country sting included 17 people in East Tennessee — seven of them in Knox County, authorities said.

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