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Nine Flu Deaths in Tennessee
Friday February 16, 2018

In the state of Tennessee, eight children and one pregnant woman have passed away due to the flu, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
The deaths were associated with seasonal flu during the current flu season. The updated number of deaths in the state was released Thursday.
Those with the Department of Health urged the public to get vaccinated and reminded everyone that free flu vaccines can be found at all public health clinics.
If you do become sick, health officials have urged you to stay at home, wash your hands frequently, and cough into your sleeve to prevent the flu from spreading.


Tennessee AG requests 8 execution dates before June
AP Friday February 16, 2018

Tennessee's attorney general wants the state Supreme Court to set eight execution dates before June 1, saying it's uncertain whether officials can get the lethal injection chemicals after that.
Attorney General Herbert Slatery's court filing Thursday says juries delivered death sentences decades ago, and each man has exhausted the three-tier appeals process.
The state's last execution was in 2009.
Slatery cited "ongoing difficulty" getting lethal injection drugs.
The filing says Tennessee uses a three-drug combination because death-penalty opponents worked with pharmaceutical companies to prevent Tennessee from obtaining the single drug it used, pentobarbital, while unsuccessfully suing over its use.
The filing says defendants want to delay execution to challenge the three-drug mix.
Three others are scheduled for 2018 executions. One has exhausted appeal options. He's scheduled to die Aug. 9.


TVA Discusses New Pricing Structure
Friday February 16, 2018

TVA said it is moving to a new pricing system aimed at averting "sticker shock" during periods of extreme heat or cold.
Officials said January 2018 in the Tennessee Valley was brutal. With weather dropping into the teens and twenties, conditions were harsh - for humans and for heaters. As a result, many consumers were surprised with unusually high power bills caused by the unusually low temperatures.
Cass Larson, TVA's vice president of Pricing and Contracts, said TVA is working on a wholesale rate change that will modernize its pricing structure by lowering energy rates and adding a fixed rate charge to access the power grid.
Mr. Larson said he and his team are still working through the details of the rate change in partnership with local power companies, but consumers will have a chance to provide feedback through a public comment period.


3 Convicted In Pilot Flying J Rebate Scam
AP Friday February 16, 2018

Three of four former employees of truck stop chain Pilot Flying J who have been on trial since November have been convicted in connection with a rebate scam. News outlets report former company President Mark Hazelwood and former account representative Heather Jones were found guilty of conspiracy on Thursday.


Cyntoia Brown's Life Sentence Ruled Not Unconstitutional
AP Friday February 16, 2018

Attorneys for the state of Tennessee say it wasn't unconstitutional to imprison a woman for life without parole after she killed a man who solicited her as a teenage prostitute. A legal response filed Wednesday in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says a state court's rejection of Cyntoia Brown's appeal didn't contradict U.S. Supreme Court precedent about cruel and unusual punishment.


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