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'Pulling back freedom,' Senator says mask mandates are about power, not science

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. , says pandemic-prompted lockdowns pulled back freedom and that mask mandates are about "power, not science. " This comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask guidance, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U. S. where the delta variant of the coronavirus is… → Read More

Tennessee pastor: Only "crack-smoking, demon-possessed leftists" think Biden won election

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WZTV) - A Middle Tennessee pastor with a large online following that previously called the Delta variant "nonsense" and says he will turn away parishioners who wear masks is once again in the spotlight for his controversial comments. This time,Mt. Juliet Pastor Greg Locke can be seen in a video very loudly telling his congregation to not get vaccinated for COVID-19. → Read More

Tennessee House passes bill banning government from requiring COVID-19 vaccine

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) – The Tennessee House passed a bill preventing any local or state government from requiring citizens get the COVID-19 vaccine. House lawmakers passedHB0013/SB0187on first consideration on Wednesday. It's sponsored byRep. Bud Hulsey, R-Kingsport, andSen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma. While there's no requirement in Tennessee to get the COVID-19 vaccine, this piece of… → Read More

LeVar Burton will host Jeopardy! after petition garners 246,000 signatures

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) – It's official: Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton will guest host Jeopardy! The game show made the announcement on Wednesday. This comes after the longtime "Reading Rainbow" expressed interest in guest hosting on the show and a petition that garnered more than 246,000 signatures. Burton even shared the petition on his Twitter page. An online schedule says Burton will… → Read More

Morgan Wallen says he won't perform this summer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Country musician Morgan Wallen says he won't be performing this summer. This comes after a video surfaced showing him shouting a racial slur. Wallen took to Twitter Tuesday night and shared a letter he penned thanking fans for their support since the incident in February and amid new fan-funded billboards spotted in Nashville. “I know my corner hasn’t been the most… → Read More

Tennessee bill requiring aborted fetuses be cremated or buried moves to full Senate

UPDATE: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A Tennessee bill that would require aborted fetuses to be buried or cremated is headed to the full Senate. A Senate Judiciary Committee passedSB828/HB1181on Wednesday with a vote of 7-2. It's still scheduled to be heard in the House Health Committee Wednesday. “This bill shames a woman for seeking a legal abortion. There are no exceptions for real world… → Read More

Guest on Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster injured after thrown 10 feet from cart

An investigation was conducted after a guest on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster in the Great Smoky Mountains went flying off the cart and was thrown 10 feet in the air. The guest was injured on Monday upon being ejected from the ride while it was entering a curve near the Kodak camera, according to an accident report provided by Tennessee’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The… → Read More

Man loses $1 million winning lottery ticket, finds it in parking lot

SPARTA, Tenn. (WZTV) — A Middle Tennessee man almost lost out on a $1 million lottery ticket that he lost while running errands. Luckily, he retraced his steps and found it in the parking lot of an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store in Sparta. “It’s a million-dollar ticket, and someone stepped right over it,” Nick Slatten, from White County, said. It all started last Thursday when Slatten stopped at… → Read More

Meth disguised as child's birthday present found hidden in luggage at Nashville airport

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — An affidavit alleges methamphetamine was disguised as a children's birthday present and found hidden in luggage at the Nashville International Airport. Anthony Sufar Davis, 35, is charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Police say a K9 detected drugs in a bag on a South West flight from Los Angeles on Wednesday. Officers said Davis gave… → Read More

Target gives frontline workers $500 bonus as a thank you

Target is saying thank you to its frontline workers with a $500 bonus in the new year. The retail giant announced on Twitter that 375,000 employees would be receiving the bonus. Target said the bonus is "for the incredible ways you continue to drive our business forward. " Additionally, about 12,000 executive team leaders and salaried distribution center leaders will receive a bonus ranging from… → Read More

Tennessee senator wants to block illegal immigrants from getting driver's licenses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - U. S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn. ) has officially introduced legislation to block some federal funding from sanctuary states who allow undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses without proof that a person is legally living in the United States. The "Stop Greenlighting Driver Licenses for Illegal Immigrants Act" also halts funding to those states who defy… → Read More

Investigators officially ID Nashville bomber as Anthony Warner, say he died in explosion

Investigators say Anthony Warner was the Nashville bomber and died in the explosion. Warner, 63, of Bakertown Road in Antioch, is believed to be responsible for the Christmas Day blast that damaged at least 41 businesses. "Anthony Warner is the bomber. He was present went the bomb went off and that he perished in the bombing," U. S. Attorney Don Cochran said. Officials say they made a positive… → Read More

These Nashville officers ran into danger, saved lives before explosion

"These officers' acts of heroism is just tremendous. ”That's what Metro Police Chief John Drake said about the six police officers who rushed into danger Christmas Day morning to evacuate residents before an RV explosion in downtown Nashville. Officers responded to a shots fired call just a block away from Broadway at 5:30 a. m. when they spotted a suspicious RV parked outside 166 2nd Ave. North. → Read More

Video from inside Nashville loft shows the moment of downtown explosion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Video from inside a loft in downtown Nashville shows the moment an intentional explosion went off. Aaron Trevethan and Tiffany Trevethan provided WZTV News video from the Exchange Lofts about three blocks from the site of the detonation. Video from inside Nashville lofts shows the moment of downtown explosion (Courtesy Aaaron Trevethan) Thankfully they were out of town.… → Read More

Police: Explosion in downtown Nashville is intentional, area closed

UPDATE: Metro Police have released a photo of the RV that exploded in downtown Nashville Christmas morning. Police said the explosion that rattled downtown Nashville Christmas morning and damaged several buildings, some extensively, is believed to be intentional. The RV arrived on 2nd Ave. North at about 1:22 a. m. Officers were responding to a shots fired call just a block away from Broadway at… → Read More

Dollywood celebrates Christmas with 5 million lights, new fireworks show

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WZTV) — Happy Dolly-days! It's time again for Dollywood to shine even brighter with millions of lights and cherished family traditions. Anyone looking for a holly Dolly Christmas is sure to find it at the theme park nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. "Smoky Mountain Christmas," an award-winning event, runs Nov. 7 through Jan 3. and features all the things… → Read More

6-year-old Tennessee girl who tested positive for COVID-19 dies, officials say

A six-year-old girl who tested positive for COVID-19 in Tennessee has died. According to the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department, the young girl died on Tuesday. The parents of Gigi Morse told the Jackson-Sun she had been sick recently. Her parents said a doctor told them Gigi had a viral bug and to let her rest. Her parents say Gigi went to sleep and died. A profile of the family… → Read More

PHOTOS: These are the victims and stories of those killed in Middle Tennessee tornadoes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Dozens of people were killed when tornadoes ravaged Middle Tennessee communities in the early hours of March, 3. Daylight hours the next morning shed light on one of the worst natural disasters in recent history: Families, couples and children killed. Hundreds injured. A path of destruction and devastation that will take time to recover from. These are the 25 souls who… → Read More

'It's a Shame': Loretta Lynn says country music is 'dead'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Country music legend Loretta Lynn is not shying away from letting folks know how she feels about country music. The 87-year-old is making waves in the music world for calling country music "dead. "Lynn joined Martina McBride on her Podcast Vocal Point with Martina McBride and had choice words about today's country music landscape, as first reported by Whiskey Riff. "I… → Read More

Petition underway to make 'Baby Yoda' an emoji

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Star Wars universe fans have spoken - and they want to see a 'Baby Yoda' emoji. The adorable character from the new Disney+ show has been making waves on the air and online. The Mandalorian follows the journey of a Mandalorian bounty hunter along with an adorable green alien infant dubbed “Baby Yoda,” who wields Jedi-like powers. The series takes place about five years… → Read More