From WMOT News


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee man held a key role in spreading English-language propaganda for the Islamic State group.

Prosecutors say 31-year-old Benjamin Carpenter, of Knoxville, has been in custody since his March 24 arrest.

A detention hearing was held Monday, but a judge did not immediately decide whether he should be free pending trial.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee community organizer Odessa Kelly has announced that she will challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in the 2022 Democratic primary.

Kelly is backed by Justice Democrats, a progressive group that helped launch Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign in 2018.

Kelly is the co-founder and executive director of Stand Up Nashville, a coalition made up of community organizers and labor unions.

If she won, Kelly would become the first openly gay, Black woman in Congress.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee state lawmakers will this week consider four different anti-abortion bills introduced by majority Republicans.

One of those bills would require that fetal remains be buried or cremated following an abortion.

Another measure would essentially give a man veto power over a woman’s abortion simply by claiming paternity.

A third would make abortion illegal as soon a pregnancy can be detected using blood hormone tests. Performing an abortion past that point could cost a doctor between three and 15 years in jail.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  There's trouble on the horizon for iconic Nashville music venue Exit/In.

COVID-19 has kept the venerable live music spot closed for the past year. Now the In’s building on Elliston Place has been sold.

WPLN says it’s been purchased by a company that develops new hotels.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  For the first time in a year the Tennessee Department of Correction says it will resume family visits with inmates beginning Saturday.

Visitors will be required to wear a mask, undergo a temperature check and answer COVID-19 screening questions. Inmates will have to do the same.

Families are being asked to schedule their visits in advance.

There’s a separate phone number for making that appointment for each prison in the Tennessee system. Those numbers and visitation times are listed below.