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Tennessee boy shoots, kills mom’s husband during fight
DEER LODGE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities in eastern Tennessee say a 12-year-old boy shot and killed his mother’s husband during a domestic dispute.
News outlets report 56-year-old Kevron Thomas “Tommy” Durham was shot twice with a rifle Saturday night. A release from District Attorney General Russell Johnson says authorities had received at least five previous calls from the home for domestic violence, although none resulted in criminal charges.
It’s unclear whether Durham was the boy’s father or stepfather.
Johnson says authorities believe the child was coming to the defense of his mother, a repeated victim of domestic violence. He says authorities are determining what they “can do through juvenile court with the suspect.” He says juvenile court can provide counseling and services, but that if he were an adult, he wouldn’t be charged for defending a third party.



Boyd could become University of Tennessee interim president
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees chairman has recommended former gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd to serve as the school’s interim president.
The Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday in Knoxville to consider the recommendation made by Board of Trustees Chairman John Compton.
University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro announced Monday he will retire effective Feb. 14. He will leave active service Nov. 21 to use his remaining vacation time.
Boyd is a Tennessee alum and Knoxville businessman who lost to Bill Lee last month in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
Compton has recommended that Boyd serve as interim president for up to 24 months or until a permanent president takes over.
Boyd was Gov. Bill Haslam’s adviser for higher education and commissioner of Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development.



Former daycare worker charged with abusing toddlers
LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (AP) – A former Tennessee daycare worker is facing charges after police say surveillance video shows her allegedly abusing three toddlers at the facility where she used to work.
Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons told news outlets 23-year-old Ashley Centers was arrested Sept. 12 and charged with three counts of aggravated child abuse. The charges stem from her former job at Works in Progress in Lafayette.
Authorities say the investigation started when the parents of an injured 18-month old child called the sheriff after watching surveillance video of what happened at the facility.
Gregory says deputies reviewed the video and it showed a total of three toddlers being handled roughly.
Centers’ attorney, Jeff Cherry of Lebanon, said in a statement that he has advised her not to speak with the news media.



Records: Ex-officer accused of shocking, stomping man
(Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An internal affairs file from a Tennessee police department says a now-fired officer is accused of shocking a man with a stun gun before repeatedly stomping on his neck.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports 55-year-old Brent Cox told internal affairs investigators Knoxville officer Geraldo Orta assaulted him behind a business in May. Cox told Sgt. Amanda Bunch he was huffing gas duster when the former University of Tennessee football player shocked him and stomped on him.
While Orta’s dash-camera was blocked from the scene, Cox can be heard yelling “You didn’t stomp the can out of my hand, you stomped my head.”
Orta denies the allegations, but was fired last month when found to have violated polices. He also was found to have lied about responding to a burglary alarm.



Tennessee median household income up by 5.8 percent in 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam’s office says the median household income in Tennessee grew by 5.8 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.
A Tuesday news release by Haslam says this was the fastest growth in the Southeast and fifth fastest in the country. It says new data from the U.S. Census Bureau reports the 2017 median household income in Tennessee was about $51,000.
The data says the Chattanooga metro area grew by 8 percent in 2017 to about $50,000 and the Memphis region grew by 2.4 percent to nearly $51,000.



Tennessee library to build women’s voting rights exhibit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Board members for the Nashville Public Library have signed off on a plan to build a new exhibit dedicated to the role Nashville served in securing women the right to vote.
According to the board on Tuesday, the permanent self-guided exhibit will feature books, stories, documents and other records outlining Nashville’s role in ratifying the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
A small group called Votes for Women organized support and raised funds for the project. The exhibit is scheduled to be available to the public in 2020. It follows the library’s addition of the Civil Rights Room – a project highlighting Nashville’s involvement in racial desegregation.
Shawn Bakker, president for the Nashville Public Library Foundation, says she hopes the new exhibit will help engage the community.