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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 2 pm, TN

May 28, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TENNESSEE CHURCH SHOOTING

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ A Tennessee man convicted of murder for shooting up a Nashville church in 2017 was suffering from severe mental illness. That’s according to testimony from a Vanderbilt University forensic psychiatrist during a Tuesday sentencing hearing. Emanuel Kidega Samson was convicted Friday of first-degree murder for killing one person and wounding seven others.

In Brief:

OBIT-JOHN GARY WILLIAMS, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ John Gary Williams, the lead singer for the R&B vocal group The Mad Lads who sung “I Want Someone” and “Don’t Have to Shop Around,” has died at the age of 73.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, from GATLINBURG, Tenn. _ A National Park Service report says that visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park spent $953 million in communities near the park last year.

STATE PARKS-FREE HIKES, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee’s state parks are offering free hikes guided by a ranger next month, in honor of National Trails Day.

TICK FOUND, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Public health officials say an invasive tick has been detected in Tennessee.

MILITARY MEMBERS MEMORIALIZED, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has honored 10 deceased U.S. military service members as part of Memorial Day services.

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