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Court lets inmate fight for racist literature

Updated: 06/01/2011 - A convicted murderer has won the right to argue to a federal judge that he should be entitled to receive hate-filled white supremacist material in a Tennessee prison because it's part of his religion.

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Nonprofit leader pleads guilty to helping gangs

Posted: 06/01/2011 - Lonnie Greenlee pleaded guilty on Tuesday and his plea agreement anticipates a sentencing range of about five to six years. Neither Greenlee nor his appointed attorney would comment to The Tennessean after the hearing.

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Louisiana escape probe leads to action

Posted: 06/01/2011 - Louisiana State Police say four Department of Public Safety employees should be disciplined and security protocols strengthened after two trusties escaped in March.

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Decommissioned Nashville officer indicted

Posted: 06/01/2011 - The 36-year-old Vardaman was named in 16 counts on an indictment returned on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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Cops: Man spanked boys then sold them smokes

Posted: 05/31/2011 - Authorities in South Carolina say they arrested a 50-year-old convenience store clerk who sold cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to boys after they let him spank them.

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Arson investigators offer reward

Posted: 05/31/2011 - The burned out shell of a vacant South Side home on Rugby Avenue has neighbors terrified. That's because fire investigators believe it's the work of an arsonist.

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New law on crack cocaine could apply to old cases

Posted: 05/31/2011 - The U.S. Sentencing Commission meets Wednesday in Washington to consider making many of the new guidelines retroactive, a step that could bring early release for as many as 1 in every 18 federal prisoners, or approximately 12,000 inmates.

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2 Iraqis charged in Kentucky with terrorism plotting

Updated: 05/31/2011 - Two Iraqis have been indicted in Kentucky on federal terrorism charges, including allegations that they provided support to Al-Qaida in Iraq and conspired to transport Stinger missiles overseas.

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Tennessee eases requirements for search warrants

Posted: 05/30/2011 - Law enforcement agencies in Tennessee may have an easier time in obtaining search warrants under a new law that prosecutors say will make the process more flexible.

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Arson suspected in a rash of late night, overnight fires

Updated: 05/29/2011 - Investigators think five fires in the South Knox County and South Knoxville areas are arson. Firefighters battled fires on Edington, Okey, and Rugby Roads. Two dumpsters were also set on fire. Investigators found traces of accelerant at two of the scenes.

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Insurance company says couple burned down own home

Posted: 05/27/2011 - A federal lawsuit was filed May 13 against the Stuttes by the American National Property and Casualty Company, claiming the couple started the fire that consumed their own home, according to The Associated Press.

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TBI probing allegation against probation officer

Posted: 05/27/2011 - TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm confirmed on Thursday that the agency is investigating allegations against Probation Officer Alex Ragland, according to The Associated Press.

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Armed robbery at pizzeria

Updated: 05/27/2011 - An armed robber is on the run after hitting up the "Snappy Tomato" pizza restaurant in West Knox County.

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