Fifth Tennessee inmate asks to die in electric chair

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has chosen the electric chair for his scheduled execution next month, opting like four other inmates in little more than a year for electrocution over the st...

Lawyer: Death row inmate went from life-taker to lifesaver

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee death row inmate Nicholas Sutton should be spared from execution because he transformed himself in prison from a killer to someone who saved the lives of prison emplo...

Friends say woman freed from death row led bittersweet life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Gaile Owens left the Tennessee Prison for Women in 2011, after more than two decades on death row, her life seemed a textbook example of redemption and hope. ...

Methodist leaders propose plan for amicable separation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — United Methodist Church leaders from around the world are proposing a new conservative denomination that would split from the rest of the church in an attempt to resolve a year...

Tennessee town sued over ordinance targeting abortion clinic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued a Tennessee town Wednesday over its efforts to prevent a local clinic from providing surgical abortions. Carafem open...

Scientists seeking cause of huge freshwater mussel die-off

KYLES FORD, Tenn. (AP) — On a recent late fall afternoon at Kyles Ford, the white branches of sycamore trees overhung the banks of the Clinch River, leaves slowly turning yellow. Green walnuts covere...

Execution on hold in Tennessee after racism argument raised

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's pending execution of a black inmate was put on hold Wednesday after he raised accusations that racism tainted the jury selection at his trial. A ...

Tennessee high court rules against paper in defamation case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a newspaper cannot use the state's fair report privilege law as a shield against a defamation lawsuit for a story that was ba...

Gore kicking off 24 hours of climate talks around the world

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore said that even though President Donald Trump wants to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the U.S. cannot legally pull out until the day afte...

Gore kicking off 24 hours of climate talks around the world

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore kicked off a series of climate presentations on Wednesday evening that will continue around the globe over 24 hours, a lively talk espousing polit...

In Tennessee, inmates opt for electric chair over injection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The inmate's request was a surprising one, made three days before he was to be executed in October 2018: Edmund Zagorski told the state of Tennessee he'd rather die in the elec...

TVA holds meetings to build public trust in coal ash storage

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has a three-pronged mission to promote energy, economic development and the environment. Now add to that rebuilding public trust. ...

Tennessee abortion clinics hope to defeat waiting period

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge will hear opening statements Monday in a lawsuit challenging Tennessee's 48-hour waiting period before abortions. Five of the state's seven ab...

Tennessee's abortion wait period law faces court arguments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four years after Tennessee passed a law requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, abortion clinics are getting a chance to argue against it in court. ...

Fines, jail, probation, debt: Court policies punish the poor

LIBERTY, Tenn. (AP) — Johnny Gibbs has been trying to get a valid driver's license for 20 years, but he just can't afford it. To punish him for high school truancy in 1999, Tennessee...