Here is the latest Tennessee news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a pipe bomb exploded in a Tennessee garage while a man was working on it, injuring his hand. WKRN-TV reports an explosion occurred in a Macon County garage early Thursday morning. The man’s girlfriend told Macon County Sheriff Martin Gammons he was injured while loading shotgun shells. Gammons said deputies went into the home and found a live pipe bomb in the garage in addition to one that exploded.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Spanish-language reporter who was recently released from immigration custody says he was held for 15 months in detention centers that were plagued by insects and he had to bathe with cold water from water hoses. During a news conference Wednesday, Manuel Duran discussed what he called inhumane conditions at immigration detention facilities in Louisiana and Alabama. Duran was released from an Alabama facility on bail last week.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Nashville International Airport saw more than 17 million passengers pass through its doors during the last fiscal year. The Tennessean reports the airport has now exceeded attendance records for the sixth consecutive fiscal year. The airport saw 2.2 million more passengers from July 2018 through June 2019 than when compared to the previous fiscal year, marking an increase of about 15%. The airport expects to see more than 18 million passengers this calendar year.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol is sending 30 troopers to the Memphis area to help combat an increase in interstate highway shootings. The highway patrol held a news conference Wednesday announcing details of Operation Grizzly Bear. The Commercial Appeal reports the additional troopers will join Memphis Police Department officers and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies in patrolling Memphis’ highways. Memphis police say most of this year’s 32 interstate shootings were caused by road rage.