From WMOT News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Legislation that could dramatically reduce time served for Tennessean’s convicted of first degree murder passed the State Senate Thursday with strong bipartisan support.

The proposal would allow felons sentenced to life to seek parole after serving 25 years of their term, rather than the current 51 years.

The measure does not apply to those serving life without the possibility of parole.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Nashville say a high school student is being charged with attempted criminal homicide in juvenile court in the stabbing of another student.

Metro Police said in a news release that the 14-year-old injured student suffered a stab wound to the neck Thursday and was in critical condition. He was taken to surgery.

The student who is being charged is 15. He had minor injuries to his hands and was treated at a hospital before being taken to police headquarters.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee senator Thelma Harper, who became the first African-American woman elected to the state Senate, has died. She was 80.

The longtime Nashville lawmaker’s daughter, Linda Harper, said in a statement that her mother died “peacefully and unexpectedly” Thursday while holding her hand.

Harper became a senator in 1989 and was first elected to her seat in 1991. She became the longest-serving female senator in Tennessee before she decided not to seek reelection in 2018.

(Mike Osborne)  --  The Democrats and Republicans who make up Tennessee’s Congressional delegation don’t agree on much, but they agree on this: The federal Small Business Administration needs to get its online, pandemic aid application portal back open immediately. 

In early April, the SBA began accepting applications for federal grants from pandemic battered small entertainment venues. But the agency’s website crashed almost immediately and hasn’t been restored more than two weeks later.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The police officer who shot and killed a student in a Tennessee high school will not face criminal charges, a district attorney announced Wednesday.