Saturday, September 18, 2021

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Judge: Gov. Lee’s mask opt-out can endanger disabled kids

by Adrian Sainz -- A federal judge has indefinitely blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee from allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements in Shelby County, saying Friday that evidence shows Lee’s order prevents children with health problems from safely going to school...

Lawyer: State Sen. Robinson did not steal federal funds

by Adrian Sainz -- State Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis), who is charged with stealing $600,000 in federal grant money from a health care school she operated, did not use government funds to pay for personal expenses, her lawyer told a jury Tuesday. Rather, Robinson used profits...

Survivors grapple with aftermath of deadly Tennessee flood

by Travis Loller and Jonathan Mattise -- WAVERLY, Tenn. — Anna Mays woke up in a panic attack Monday, thinking she was back in the rising floodwater. Two days ago, she had been clinging for her life to the front door of her duplex in rural...

Death toll of powerful earthquake in Haiti soars

by Evens Sanon and Mark Stevenson -- LES CAYES, Haiti — The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti climbed to 1,297 on Sunday, a day after the powerful temblor turned thousands of structures into rubble and set off franctic rescue efforts ahead of...

Museum renovation, book re-release honor late author Haley

by Adrian Sainz -- HENNING, Tenn. — Find the good and praise it. It’s a phrase the late Alex Haley, author of the 1976 novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” often said during his life, from his days residing in the small West Tennessee...

I-40 bridge linking Arkansas, Tennessee fully reopens

The Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee fully reopened Monday ahead of schedule following repairs to a crack that had shut down the span since early May. The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s spokeswoman said in a tweet the department reopened the westbound lanes of...

Opening of I-40 bridge linking Arkansas, Tennessee moved up

Transportation officials on Friday sped up their plans to reopen the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee that was closed after a crack was discovered in the span. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said the eastbound lanes of the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the...

I-40 bridge over Mississippi River to begin reopening

The Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee that was closed after a crack was found in the span will begin reopening to traffic next week, transportation officials said Wednesday. The Arkansas and Tennessee departments of transportation said the eastbound lanes of the Hernando DeSoto...

Tennessee museum to open Confederate bust to public

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State Museum will soon allow the public to view the busts of three military leaders, including a former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader. On Friday, officials removed a Nathan Bedford Forrest bust that had been displayed inside the...

Ex-Tennessee health official: State backed off vaccine push

by Jonathan Mattise -- NASHVILLE – Tennessee health officials will not acknowledge that August is National Immunization Awareness Month per an order from the state’s health commissioner, emails show. The order, obtained by NewsChannel 5, was given to Tennessee’s former top vaccination chief earlier this month...