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A group of 10 death row inmates suing over lethal injection in Tennessee argued on Friday that the state’s backup plan -- the electric chair -- is an unconstitutional “torture device.”

Mark “Coonrippy” Brown, distant runnerup to Gov. Bill Haslam in the Aug. 7 Republican gubernatorial primary, has had a bucket of ice water dumped on his head and challenged Haslam, Sen. Lamar and a Nashville radio talk show host to join him in accepting the ALS challenge.

KNOXVILLE — Knox County's vice unit hit the Internet in search of escorts and netted charges against four women, including one who said she was there to provide security for co-workers.

Officials in Loudon County report major damage in town of Philadelphia due to a storm system that swept through the area about 3 p.m.

OAK RIDGE — A drunken Sunbright man posed as an Oak Ridge High School student in at least two classrooms last week before he was nabbed in a school hallway by police during a class change.

KNOXVILLE — A 23-year-old Knoxville woman told police late Monday night she "just wanted to swim" after making her way across Fort Loudoun Lake wearing only a bra and panties.

HARRIMAN – A female burglary suspect was shot and killed by police answering a call of a burglary in progress about 1 p.m. Tuesday on Fairchild Street, authorities said.

KNOXVILLE — A Knoxville police cadet killed in a shootout at his former girlfriend’s home that also left a family friend dead had a state-issued handgun carry permit.

A 2-year-old Clinton boy who fell into his grandparents' pool this week died Thursday morning at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

A Monroe County jail escapee surrendered to authorities in Polk County on Tuesday, telling officials he was “tired of running,” officials said.

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