Doctors plead with Tennessee governor for stay-at-home order
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Doctors across Tennessee are pleading with Gov. Bill Lee to take stronger action to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Dr. Aaron Milstone warned on a webinair Tuesday that without action, tens of thousands of Tennesseans could die from the pandemic. Milstone is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Williamson Medical Center. The governor has urged residents to work from home and ordered bars and restaurants to close for 14 days starting Monday with the exception of drive-thru, take-out and delivery services. But a group of more than 2,000 health care providers across the state is asking for an immediate stay-at-home order.
Possible twister: Damage reports at Mississippi-Alabama line
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A suspected tornado heavily damaged a store in northern Mississippi and other structures along the line with Alabama as a severe storm system crossed the Deep South. Preliminary damage reports from the National Weather Service showed the apparent tornado touched down Tuesday evening near the Mississippi town of Tishomingo. Tishomingo Police Chief Mike Kemp told broadcast outlet WTVA that some minor injuries were reported and that a dollar store in the community received major damage. Severe weather watches were posted for other parts of the South, including parts of Tennessee and Georgia.
FALSE INFORMATION LAWSUIT-TENNESSEE
Lawsuit challenges Tennessee false campaign literature law
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A political action committee is challenging a Tennessee law that criminalizes publishing false campaign literature, arguing that such bans violate the U.S. Constitution. The nonpartisan group Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws filed the complaint earlier this month against Attorney General Herbert Slatery and the Davidson County district attorney general's office. A spokeswoman for Slatery said the attorney general's office was aware of the complaint but declined to comment because the lawsuit was pending. According to the lawsuit, the group seeks to publish “literally false campaign literature in opposition to candidates campaigning for state office” that uses satire, parody and hyperbole.
Once booming concert industry goes quiet after coronavirus
NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — The multibillion-dollar concert industry went to zero revenue in a matter of days after the outbreak of novel coronavirus in the United States. Concerts, tours, live events and festivals were canceled to prevent the spread of the virus. Now thousands of small businesses and contract workers who live gig to gig are facing an uncertain future. Nashville tour manager Kai Griffin says he's out of work and has very little in savings. The virus outbreak hit the United States at a time when many businesses and workers were financially depending on an uptick in concerts starting in the spring. The vast majority of people recover from the virus, but for some, it can cause more severe illness.
Iconic plant's end spells doom for struggling coal industry
DRAKESBORO, Ky. (AP) — A coal plant in western Kentucky has shut down, marking a defeat for coal, President Trump and other top politicians who tried to keep it open. Last year, the Tennessee Valley Authority voted to close the last coal boiler at the Paradise Fossil Plant. In February, the plant burned its last load of coal. The closure is the latest in a slew of coal plant shutdowns that's making it tougher for the industry to bounce back. Since 2010, 500 coal burning units, or boilers, at power plants have been shut down, and no U.S. utility big or small has plans to build a new coal-burning plant.
WOMEN ARRESTED HOMICIDE
Tennessee couple found dead in home; granddaughter charged