TN INMATE CHOOSES ELECTRIC CHAIR AT LAST MINUTE
Tennessee inmate Stephen West has made a last-minute request to be put to death in the electric chair, an option his lawyer described as “also unconstitutional, yet still less painful” than the state’s preference of a three-drug lethal injection. The state Department of Correction said the Thursday execution will be carried out by electrocution. West previously opted against selecting a preference, which would have resulted in lethal injection.
LELAN STATON NAMED BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR
Yesterday, the National Weather Association has named NewsChannel 5 Meteorologist Lelan Statom as Broadcaster of the Year. The General Managerof Channel 5 called Lelan the “hardest-working” meteorologist in the country. The National Weather Association will present the award at the national convention next month in Huntsville, Alabama. Lelan has worked at NewsChannel 5 for more than 26 years.
Gunman shooting at police officers in Philadelphia
At least one gunman opened fire on police yesterday as they were serving a warrant in a Philadelphia neighborhood, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the evening, The shooting began around 4:30 p.m. and shots were still being fired three hours later, police said. None of the officers’ injuries were considered life-threatening, They were treated at hospitals and released.
ALCOHOL WILL NOW BE SERVED AT VANDY GAMES
Vanderbilt Athletics announced yesterday that alcohol will be available for purchase by the general public at Vanderbilt Stadium beginning on Aug. 31st when the Commodores face Georgia in the 2019 football season opener. Vanderbilt’s decision follows a recent announcement by the SEC that it will allow the sale of beer and wine in public areas during college athletic events at the discretion of each SEC institution. A portion of the revenue generated from alcohol sales will be used to support prevention and education programming on campus related to alcohol use.
POLICE WARN ABOUT DRIVING PAST STOPPED SCHOOL BUSES
Students in Mt. Juliet went back to school last week, but police said they have already seen dozens of drivers speeding past stopped school buses. Under Tennessee law, drivers must stop in certain situations when a school bus is letting off students and its stop sign is extended. Violations can be costly.The fines can be more than $300, but those citations are to prevent something worse; hitting a child