Tennessee News Minute
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Fans of Elvis Presley are holding flickering candles and walking quietly past the grave of the rock n' roll pioneer on the 41st anniversary of his death. Devotees of Presley flock to Memphis, Tennessee, every year to honor his life and career during Elvis Week. The candlelight vigil is the keystone event, with solemn mourners moving slowly past his resting place and the graves of his parents and grandmother in the Meditation Garden at his former home, Graceland.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Marsha Blackburn have differed on trade and infrastructure specifics during a Tennessee business forum with the U.S. Senate hopefuls. On Wednesday, Blackburn said she's "not a fan" of tariffs, including those by President Donald Trump. But the congresswoman was leery of legislation to limit Trump's tariff power over national security claims. Bredesen said he favors that legislation by retiring GOP Sen. Bob Corker, whom Blackburn and Bredesen want to replace.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee appeals court has ruled that Gov. Bill Haslam's overhaul of the state's probation system is unconstitutional, saying it violates defendant's rights. The Tennessean reports the court also ruled Tuesday that the overhaul encroaches on judicial powers by allowing probation officers to issue punishments to probation violators. Haslam has said those changes by the Public Safety Act of 2016 were meant to keep people from being imprisoned for low-level probation violations.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's health commissioner has suspended admissions to a nursing home after an investigation found problems with the facility. Commissioner John Dreyzehner said in a news release Tuesday that Laughlin Health Care Center in Greeneville has been ordered not to admit new residents. The release says investigators found violations related to the facility's administration, performance improvement and nursing services.
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