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Craig Morgan’s Son Missing After Boating Accident


The 19-year-old son of country music entertainer Craig Morgan is missing following a boating accident on the Tennessee River.

Morgan’s publicist Cindy Hunt says crews are searching for Jerry Greer in Humphreys County, west of Nashville. Hunt says the family is grateful for support and prayers, but is requesting privacy “during this difficult time.”

Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rod Edwards in that county told local media that the search began around 4 p.m. Sunday near a marina. Edwards says two teenagers were tubing when they had an accident and one teen didn’t surface. Both were wearing life jackets.

The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from rescue organizations across the state. About 50 boats joined the search. Authorities say crews were using an underwater vehicle to scan a search on the river where the water is up to 15 feet deep at points.


TBI Issues Warning After Spike In Counterfeit Percocet


Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are issuing a warning after a recent dramatic increase in counterfeit prescription drugs in Tennessee.

TBI said Middle Tennsee agents saw several cases of counterfeit drugs that look like Percocet pills, but contain potentially lethal ingredients. They said several overdoses across Middle Tennessee have been attributed to the batch of drugs.

“We want to make the public abundantly clear that these pills being made in clandestine labs present a very real and life-threatening danger to anyone who takes them,” says TBI Deputy Director Jason Locke. “We can’t stress enough that the pills people buy on the streets can and do contain deadly elements.”

In May 2015, TBI said law enforcement agencies recovered what appeared to be 30 mg pills of Oxycodone during a traffic stop, but a laboratory analysis indicated the pills did not contain Oxycodone, but fentanyl, a painkiller 50 times as potent as heroin that is deadly in high doses.


Police Find Theft Suspect In Bed With Stolen Lingerie Store Mannequin


Police say a man they arrested Monday was found in bed in an Old Hickory home with a stolen mannequin from a lingerie store.

Officers were called to the Hustler Hollywood store on 14th Avenue North and Church early Monday morning.

According to a police affidavit, the clerk told officers an intoxicated man walked into the store just after midnight Monday morning and took a mannequin into the parking lot, knocking the mannequin’s left arm off in the process.

The police statement said the clerk argued with the man for several minutes, and the man put the mannequin in the back of his truck and left.

Police tracked the vehicle to a home in Old Hickory, where they found 55-year-old Christopher Wade in bed with the stolen mannequin.

The clerk told police the mannequin and the merchandise it was wearing was worth an estimated $5,000.

Wade will face charges for theft and for criminal trespassing.


Tennessee Man Robs McDonald’s While On Bicycle


Police are searching for a man who robbed a McDonald’s restaurant near Nashville while riding a bicycle.

The call went out just before 3 a.m. from the McDonalds on the 1000 block of Gallatin Pike South.

Officers say the man rode up to the drive-thru window and demanded money.

Police say the suspect threatened to shoot the employee, but no gun was seen.

After receiving the money from the clerk, he rode away.

Officers described the suspect as a black male between the age of 16 and 17, wearing a red shirt with something blue covering his face.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact Madison police at 615-880-3111.


Wine Sales Begin At Tennessee Grocery Stores


Wine sales began at many Tennessee grocery stores Friday. Stores underwent an application process with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission before sales began.

According to WKRN, the TABC received more than 500 applications. Also, store employees were required to undergo training.

Shoppers did not know of wine prices in grocery stores until Friday. Restrictions were made to prevent stores from selling wine at a discount rate. Rob Ikard with the Tennessee Grocers and Convenient Store Association says anyone selling wine has to set their prices 20 percent above wholesale price.

Customers can buy wine from Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Food City, Sam’s Club, Whole Foods, Walmart, Publix and more. Wine is available from Monday through Saturday starting at 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wine will not be for sale on Sunday, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


Legendary College Basketball Coach Pat Summitt Dies At 64


Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who brought the women’s game into national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning at the age of 64.

With an icy glare on the sidelines, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012.

Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most.

“Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced,” Tyler Summitt said. “Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease.”

Summitt helped grow college women’s basketball as her Lady Vols dominated the sport in the late 1980s and 1990s, winning six titles in 12 years. Tennessee — the only school she coached — won NCAA titles in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996-98 and 2007-08. Summitt had a career record of 1,098-208 in 38 seasons, plus 18 NCAA Final Four appearances.


Past Few Days ‘Difficult’ For Former Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt


Pat Summitt’s family said Sunday that the last few days have been difficult for the former Tennessee women’s basketball coach as her Alzheimer’s disease progresses.

Amid reports of Summitt’s failing health, her family issued a statement asking for prayers and saying that the 64-year-old Summitt is surrounded by the people who mean the most to her. It also asked for privacy.

The statement was posted on the Pat Summitt Foundation’s website and was issued by Erin Freeman, a spokeswoman for the Summitt family.

Former Tennessee player Tamika Catchings was flying to Knoxville to visit the coach instead of returning to Indiana with the WNBA’s Fever. Other former players were issuing support on Twitter through the “PrayForPat” hashtag. Phoenix Mercury center and Tennessee alum Isabelle Harrison said former Lady Volunteers players were keeping up with Summitt’s situation in a group text-message chain.

“There are like 30 of us in a group chat right now talking, and people are flying into Knoxville and trying to see her,” Harrison said Sunday after the Mercury’s victory over the New York Liberty. “You just didn’t expect any of this to happen. Everyone’s trying to fill each other in with any information they have.”


Tennessee To Offer National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program


Tennessee has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense to offer a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program.

Youth ChalleNGe is a residential program for young people aged 16-18 who have dropped out of school and have no criminal record. The voluntary program gives them the opportunity to obtain a high school equivalency diploma outside of a traditional school setting.

Cadets begin with a two-week acclimation period followed by a 20-week residence phase and one-year post-residence mentoring phase.

According to the governor’s office, Tennessee’s program will be called the “Volunteer Youth ChalleNGe Academy.”

Funding of $5.7 million was included in Gov. Bill Haslam’s 2016-17 budget. The state’s investment is $1.35 million with the remainder coming from federal funds. The first class should begin by mid-2017.