Here is the latest Tennessee news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Spirit Airlines and Tennessee officials say the low-cost carrier is moving its operations control center from Florida to the Nashville area. Officials said Thursday that the project to move the operations center from Miramar, Florida, to Williamson County, Tennessee, represents an investment of $11.3 million and will bring 345 jobs to Tennessee over the next five years. Spirit will move more than 240 positions from Florida to Tennessee. The center handles flight dispatch, crew scheduling, maintenance control, aircraft routing, air traffic control coordination and other aspects of the business. Spirit entered the Nashville market in October with nonstop flights to several cities.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $9 million on high-speed broadband internet projects in 10 rural Tennessee counties. USDA officials said in a statement Thursday that the broadband projects will create or improve high speed internet connectivity in more than 3,700 households and more than 70 businesses and farms. Projects are planned in Cumberland, Houston, Henry, Maury, Montgomery, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Williamson and Wilson counties. Funds come from the federal ReConnect Pilot Program, which provides loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural parts of the country. In 2018, Congress provided $600 million for the program.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Three Tennessee residents have been charged with reckless homicide and abuse after a relative died from complications caused by a severe bed sore. Nashville police say 78-year-old Willie Harper died last July shortly after being admitted to a hospital. Police said in a statement that a medical examiner ruled Harper’s death a homicide and an investigation determined Harper’s family members failed to take care of him, leading to the dire medical condition. A grand jury in Nashville handed down indictments this month charging Harper’s daughter, áhis brother and his niece. They were taken into custody on Wednesday and Thursday. It wasn’t clear whether they have attorneys.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee attorneys say two teenagers accused of fatally shooting a musician during an attempted robbery will be charged as adults. Attorneys confirmed Thursday that 17-year-old Decorrius Wright and 16-year-old Diamond Lewis will have their felony charges transferred to adult court. The two teens and three young girls were charged with criminal homicide in the February 2019 death of 24-year-old Kyle Yorlets. Court documents say several factors were considered in the move including prior records and the aggressive nature of the offense. Yorlets was the lead singer of a Nashville band. He was fatally shot in an alley behind his home during a robbery attempt