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Beale St. feels absence of trumpeter found dead

Updated: 06/02/2011 - Whenever a well-known person on Beale Street died, the district would turn to Rudy Williams to serve as music director for the funeral procession. But now he is gone.

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Tennessee opens door to corporate political donations

Updated: 06/02/2011 - A new Tennessee law not only brings the state into line with a U.S. Supreme Court campaign finance ruling, but goes a step further by allowing businesses to give donations directly to candidates.

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Maryville Director of Schools' contract extended

Updated: 06/01/2011 - The director of Maryville City Schools will be around for another year, despite protesting parents. Many teachers attended a meeting to support Stephanie Thompson as she gets ready to reconfigure K through 12th grade due to overcrowding.

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Crews continue search for missing plane

Posted: 06/01/2011 - Maj. Paige Joyner of the Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol said Wednesday afternoon that searchers have about 10 "areas of interest" they are targeting, based on tips from people in the area.

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Ammonia release kills fish at Port of Catoosa

Updated: 06/01/2011 - Officials at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa say an accidental release of ammonia vapors has killed some fish but that no humans or other wildlife have been harmed.

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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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Worker injured in plant fire dies, 2 critical

Updated: 06/01/2011 - Two employees have died from injuries received in a fire at a Gallatin factory. That brings the total number of workers killed in accidents at the Hoeganaes Corp. plant this year to four.

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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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Guitar festival this week in Murfreesboro

Posted: 06/01/2011 - More than $3,600 in prizes will be offered, including a $1,500 first prize for the solo competition. Finals will be Saturday night.

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Mid-South Heart Walk gets promoted Wednesday

Posted: 06/01/2011 - The Oct. 8 Heart Walk at AutoZone Park is the American Heart Association's premiere event to raise money to combat heart disease and strokes.

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Drug shortage hits Adderall, Ritalin patients

Posted: 05/31/2011 - Two popular drugs used to treat ADHD are now on the list of drugs in short supply, according to the Food and Drug Administration. And some parents whose children rely on those drugs are already wondering how their children will cope.

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