Proposal to change coal mining regulation in TN faces opposition
A proposal to have the state take over regulation of coal mining in Tennessee from the federal government, scheduled for its first legislative hearing this week, faces criticism as a drain on state financial resources and a weakening of environmental regulations.
Legislative notebook: Senate OKs bill calling for constitutional convention
Tennessee will become the 22nd state to formally call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget under a bill approved Thursday by the Senate and expected to win approval as well in the House on Monday.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Kentucky snake handler death doesn't shake belief
In this May 6, 2012 file photo, Jamie Coots, pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church of Middlesboro, Ky, stands on a bench before the church, singing and holding a rattlesnake during service at Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn.
The Jackson Sun
Trial begins for accused Tennessee school shooter
<![CDATA[JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Opening statements have begun in the murder trial of a former Campbell County High School student who is accused of fatally shooting an assistant principal. Police say Kenneth Bartley was 14 years old when he gunned down vice principal Ken Bruce and wounded two assistant principals in November of 2005. Bartley is facing seven charges, including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and bringing a gun to school grounds. WBIR is reporting (http://on.wbir.com/1ep2XxK) that in opening remarks prosecutors told the jury that Bartley brought a loaded gun and 10 Xanex pills to school on the day of the shooting. The student, the prosecutor said, opened fire on the three administrators when they confronted him in the principal's office about the gun. But the defense countered by telling the jury that the crime was not premeditated. Bartley's attorney said the student only brought the gun to school so he could trade it for drugs. The defense maintained that he never planned to shoot anyone. More than 20 witnesses are expected to testify at the trial. Bruce's widow was in the courtroom on Monday. It looked as if there would be no trial in the case after Bartley pleaded guilty in 2007 in exchange for a 45-year sentence. But the guilty plea was thrown out because Bartley was a minor when he made the deal with prosecutors and his parents never consented to the agreement. Bartlett is currently 22. Jurors had to be picked from Hamilton County because of all the publicity surrounding the case. The jury will remain sequestered in Campbell County throughout the trial. ------ Information from: WBIR-TV, http://www.wbir.com/
Campbell County family found dead in KY creek
Three members of an East Tennessee family were found dead on Saturday in Kentucky after their car became submerged in a creek, reports our NBC-affiliate WLEX.
TN bill proposes electrocution as execution backup
A state senator has proposed a bill that would make electrocution available as backup option in Tennessee death penalty cases.
Tennessee Leaders Announce Support For Federal Balanced Budget Amendment
Republican leaders in Tennessee this week joined state Rep. Dennis Powers and Speaker Beth Harwell to voice support for House Joint Resolution 548 which calls for a convention of the states to consider a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.