From WMOT News

Authorities say a police officer wounded in a shooting at a Tennessee high school is a 20-year veteran of the force who worked as a resource officer at the school.


Officials say Knoxville Police Officer Adam Willson is recovering from surgery Tuesday after being shot in the upper leg at Austin-East Magnet School city on Monday.

Authorities say Willson was wounded when a student opened fire on officers responding to a report of a possible gunman at the school about 15 minutes before afternoon dismissal.

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee woman and her mother were fatally shot by the woman’s estranged husband, who was later found dead from an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound.

Lebanon police say 31-year-old Marie Varsos and 60-year-old Deborah Sisco were found shot to death inside Sisco’s home around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Police say Marie Varsos’ estranged husband, Shaun, broke into Sisco’s home armed with a shotgun. Police say one of the women shot and wounded Shaun Varsos before he killed both women.

Authorities say a student at a Tennessee high school fired at officers and was killed by police.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David B. Rausch said at a news conference Monday that police responded to a report of a possible gunman at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville.

He says the officers found him in a bathroom and ordered him to come out, but he wouldn’t comply.

Rausch says that’s when the student reportedly opened fire, and police fired back.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  No date has been set for reopening applications for federal pandemic grants specifically directed at entertainment venues.

The grants were much anticipated by Nashville’s many live music venues devastated by the health crisis.

However, users trying to access the online portal beginning last Thursday reported serious errors. The registration website was shut down almost immediately.

National Public Radio quotes the federal Small Business Administration saying that no applications were completed or approved.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  One of the few bipartisan bills introduced this session in the Tennessee Legislature appears to have suffered a setback.

The measure could dramatically reduce sentences for some cases of first degree murder. The proposal would give Tennesseans convicted of murder and sentenced to life * the opportunity to petition for parole after serving 25 years of their sentence. Currently, they can't apply for parole until they have served 51 years.

The bill would not apply to individuals who are sentenced to life without the possibility for parole.