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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:30 pm, TN

May 3, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or apnashville(at)ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. If circumstances change before 6 p.m., a new digest will be sent reflecting those developments. All times are Central.

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Top Stories:


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ More than 1,000 Nashville public school teachers are absent, but no one seems to be taking credit for organizing the action.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Keith Whitley seemed destined to become a country star with his haunting, soulful baritone honed by his roots in Kentucky bluegrass. But his life was cut tragically short when he died of alcohol poisoning in 1989 at the age of 33 when his addiction finally overcame him.

In Brief:

_ILLINOIS CRASH, from Marion, Ill.: Police say five people from Memphis, Tennessee, were killed in a crash on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois.

_UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE-CHANCELLOR, from Knoxville: Tennessee’s Board of Trustees has approved the selection of Donde Plowman as chancellor for the university’s Knoxville campus.

_HOME FOR WIDOW, from Dickson: The Tennessee widow and son of a Marine killed in Afghanistan received a new home in Dickson this week.

_FALSE ASSAULT REPORT, from Kingsport: A Tennessee woman is accused of lying about being sexually assaulted by a Sullivan County jailer last year.

_GEORGIA SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT, from Atlanta: The school district of Fulton County, Georgia, has picked a new superintendent from Tennessee.

_PREDATORS-FOUNDATION, from Nashville: The Nashville Predators Foundation has distributed 145 grants totaling nearly $676,000 to community service and charitable organizations based in Nashville and middle Tennessee.


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