Sandstrom makes Dean’s List at Sherman College

Tyler Sandstrom of Morristown, has been named to Sherman College of Chiropractic’s Dean’s List for grades earned during the winter 2019 academic quarter.

Dean’s List students have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the quarter.

Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful.

On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates.

Body recovered in Holston River

TWRA and the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a body found floating in the Holston River near Christian‘s Bend boat ramp in Hawkins County.

Investigators say it appears to have been in the water for quite some time. The Hawkins County Rescue Squad is on the scene and TWRA and HCSO are jointly investigating as it is undetermined if the incident is boating related at this point. Contrary to early reports the male victim is not wearing a life jacket.

The incident remains under investigation.

Another rural Tennessee hospital closes

JAMESTOWN (AP) — The only hospital in Tennessee’s rural Fentress County has closed.

News outlets report that Jamestown Regional Medical Center closed Thursday after it stopped receiving Medicare and Medicaid payments for new patients.

The hospital’s CEO said the funding loss and supply issues led to the closure. CEO Michael Alexander says he hopes the hospital will be able to reopen.

Officials say about 150 doctors, nurses and other staff are employed at the hospital. The hospital’s parent company, Florida-based Rennova, said about 20 people were laid off on Monday,

The facility in northeast Tennessee’s Fentress County is one of several rural hospitals that have closed in the state in recent years.

Emergency crews are taking patients to the next closest hospital in Crossville, nearly 45 minutes away.

Board of Regents set to consider college tuition increases

NASHVILLE (AP) — The board that oversees Tennessee’s community and technical colleges is set to consider increases in tuition and fees at its upcoming meeting.

The Board of Regents said it will hold a quarterly meeting at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin. Committees will meet Thursday and the full board will meet the next day.

Earlier this month, the Committee on Finance and Business Operations recommended combined tuition and fee increases averaging 2.45% for the 2019-20 academic year. The recommendations will be considered by the full board on Friday.

Tuition and mandatory fees for an academic year for Tennessee residents would range from $4,504 to $4,588 at community colleges and $3,937 at Tennessee’s Colleges of Applied Technology if the board approves the committee recommendations.

Future construction projects also will be discussed.

Volkswagen plant rejects unionization

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers’ efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South.

The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and concluded Friday. Preliminary results show 833 employees voted against representation and 776 voted for it, the German automaker said in a statement. VW said about 93% of the roughly 1,700 eligible employees voted.

“Our employees have spoken,” Frank Fischer, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, said in the company statement.

Woman charged in New Orleans in Pennsylvania man’s death

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Tennessee woman faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with the stabbing death of a Pennsylvania jeweler in New Orleans.

The New Orleans District Attorney’s Office says 25-year-old Magen Hall was indicted Thursday. Hall’s name also appears as Megan Hall on some court records.

She faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted as charged in the death of 62-year-old Patrick Murphy. His body was found March 1 by a housekeeper at a hotel in the Treme (treh-MAY’) neighborhood. The prosecutor’s news release says video showed Murphy and Hall arriving at the hotel at 2:10 am. Hall exited the room at 3:42 a.m.

Hall was arrested March 3 and jailed with bond set at $750,000. Hall also faces an armed robbery charge. She hasn’t entered a plea.

Train crashes into truck; driver killed

GERMANTOWN (AP) — A train in Tennessee collided with a truck crossing the tracks, killing the truck driver.

Germantown Police Captain Mike Fisher says the Thursday afternoon collision caused 14 of 30 train cars to derail, with many of the cars spilling into the street.

Forty-year-old Marco Brooks had been crossing the tracks on a private driveway to deliver a dumpster to a resident. He was airlifted to the hospital where he died of his injuries.

All the derailed train cars were empty, but the accident closed the street for hours. Train personnel were uninjured.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

WMC-TV reports a couple was killed in another fatal train collision just a few yards away from this crash in November 2018.

Protesters want $15 an hour wage at U of Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) — Around 200 people rallied at the University of Memphis for an increase in the minimum wage it pays fulltime workers.

The Daily Memphian reports the school recently raised its minimum wage from $10.60 to $11.11 an hour. But advocates at the Thursday rally are pushing for U of M to pay $15 an hour by 2020.

Margaret Cook is vice president of United Campus Workers in Memphis. She said incremental raises are not enough. Cook told the paper, “By the time they incrementally raise it to $15, the living wage estimate will have moved to $17, $18 an hour.”

U of M President David Rudd has said the university has to create a sustainable financial model to implement the wage increases.

Vigil held for Tennessee man shot by fugitive task force

MEMPHIS (AP) — Relatives and friends of a Tennessee man who was fatally shot by U.S. Marshals during an attempted arrest have held a vigil for him.

News outlets report that a large group of people gathered to remember the life of 20-year-old Brandon Webber in Memphis late Friday. Family members spoke about Webber and attendees watched a balloon release.

Webber was killed Wednesday when U.S. Marshals who were part of a regional fugitive task force tried to arrest him. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Webber rammed task force members’ vehicles with his car and showed a weapon before marshals opened fire.

Authorities say Webber was wanted on warrants related to a shooting and car theft in Mississippi.

Protesters on Wednesday threw rocks and bricks at Memphis police after Webber’s shooting, injuring 36 officers.

Swift calls out homophobes on new song

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift’s latest song has a new target: homophobes.

Coinciding with the announcement of her seventh album, “Lover,” the pop star on Thursday released a new tune called “You Need to Calm Down,” where she addresses her own haters but also calls out those who attack the LGBTQ community.

At one point on the beat-laden track, Swift sings: “And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate/ ‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay.”

At another point she sings: “You need to just stop, like can you just not step on his gown?”

“You Need to Calm Down” is the second single from “Lover,” to be released on Aug. 23.