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The arraignment for former Cumberland County teacher Stephanie Cole, charged with first degree premeditated murder, has been postponed until to January 28th. The Grand Jury formally indicted Cole this month in the June shooting death of her estranged boyfriend Louis Michael Tammaro at her home on Ackla Drive. Investigators say Tammaro had recently moved out after living with Cole for several years.
BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. (AP) - The state Comptroller's Office has found serious problems with the way the Pickett County government handles public money. The comptroller says a recent audit found 14 problems with bookkeeping, accounting and management practices.
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Wildlife experts expect fewer nuisance bears in East Tennessee this fall because a good crop of nuts and berries in the Smokies should prevent them from ranging in search of food. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Biologist Bill Stiver says acorns from red oaks and chestnut oaks appear to be plentiful.
FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) - Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who rode Secretariat to his Triple Crown wins 41 years ago, is returning to Kentucky. Turcotte will be signing autographs at Kentucky Downs in Franklin as it closes out its live racing season Wednesday. Franklin is in south-central Kentucky near the Tennessee state line off Interstate 65.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey says a 2.5-magnitude earthquake happened about three miles northeast of Sweetwater around 8 p.m. Saturday. The USGS says earthquakes that are felt but too small to cause damage happen about once a year. The New Madrid zone stretches 150 miles, crossing parts of Tennessee and six other states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Mississippi. In 1811 and 1812, it unleashed a trio of powerful jolts that rattled the central Mississippi River valley.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A 23-year-old man charged with beating a child to death has died after being found unresponsive in his Chattanooga jail cell on Saturday. Justin Dale Bradley was charged with criminal homicide in the August death of 3 year old Dakota James Arndt. Bradley had been under suicide watch at the Hamilton County Jail since his August arrest. His next court date would have been Sept. 30.
Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died after a single-vehicle crash less than a mile from his home late Saturday night. Metro Nashville Police say the 36-year-old was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control on a curve and hit a line of trees before flipping in a large culvert area. Investigators say there is no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement. The Titans released Bironas in March. He was the fourth most-accurate kicker in NFL history.