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Here is the latest Tennessee news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials say they “cannot feasibly implement” a quick shift to let all voters cast their ballots by mail in the 2020 elections, due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a response Friday to one of three lawsuit seeking the expansion, Attorney General Herbert Slatery wrote that the change to vote-by-mail for all could lead to the “functional disenfranchisement of thousands of voters,” lost confidence in the upcoming elections and immense strain on state and county resources. The filing pushes back on one of the lawsuits arguing that letting people all vote by mail eliminates the risk of catching COVID-19 or unknowingly spreading it at the polls without showing symptoms.

 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee authorities say a police dog helped in the arrest of a man wanted on a first-degree murder charge out of Arkansas. The U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release that Kevin D. Curry Jr. was arrested early Saturday at a house in Memphis, Tennessee. Curry tried to escape the house by going out an upstairs window, but was deterred by a K-9 officer. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force had been searching for Curry, who had been charged in a killing in Crittenden County, Arkansas. The task force looks for fugitives in a handful of Southern states.

 

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a man accused of charging at sheriff’s deputies with a knife has died after being both shot and stunned during the encounter. The agency says the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Jonesborough home around 11:30 p.m. Monday after a caller reported Gary Dorton was making threats. Authorities said a deputy shot Dorton after he charged at law enforcement with the weapon. TBI said Dorton attempted to cut himself and continued to refuse to drop the knife, and a deputy used a stun gun on him. Dorton was pronounced dead at the scene and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the case.

 

HENDERSON, Tenn. (AP) – Freed-Hardeman University has announced that actor and activist Gary Sinise will speak at the Tennessee school’s annual benefit dinner later this year. The event is set for Dec. 4 and helps to raise funds for scholarships at the university. Sinise has been an advocate for the nation’s service members since the early 1980s. Freed-Hardeman said in a news release that Sinise portrayed Lt. Dan Taylor in “Forrest Gump” and formed the Lt. Dan Band and entertained troops around the world. For the past 20 years, the annual benefit dinner has generated more than $1 million annually to help students attend Freed-Hardeman.

 

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