- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014
44-year-old clerk killed during Memphis robbery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a deadly convenience store robbery in Memphis.

Local media report that 44-year-old clerk Mamadou Ngom was shot several times in the chest during the robbery Monday night.

When police arrived, they were met by two customers who discovered Ngom on the floor behind the counter.

He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

Authorities say they don’t have a suspect at this time.

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Wounded Marine gets new home for holidays

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - An injured Marine received an early present just before Christmas - a home for the holidays.

Marine Sgt. Bradley Walker, who was injured in Iraq in 2006 became the latest recipient of a new custom built home from national non-profit Homes For Our Troops.

For the third year in a row, the organization has built specially adapted homes mortgage-free for severely injured veterans across the nation between Veteran’s Day and Christmas.

Family, friends, veteran organizations, volunteers and business officials that helped donate items to the home all attended a key giving ceremony at Walker’s new residence in the Holly Oaks Subdivision of Dandridge on the Saturday before Christmas.

HFOT president ret. Maj. Gen. Tim McHale welcomed Walker “home for the holidays” and thanked everyone in attendance.

McHale said his organizations’ goal is to honor the sacrifices of service members who have been severely injured while defending the country.

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Volunteers sought to help with Cumberland Trail project

CUMBERLAND GAP, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee State Parks is looking for volunteers to help it finish rehabbing the Cumberland Trail.

WBIR-TV (http://on.wbir.com/1JQvgbJ) reports the Cumberland Trail Revitalization Project has 90 percent of the land it needs for the endeavor to rehabilitate and maintain trails that will extend from Cumberland Gap to Chattanooga. Officials say they need more help to turn the land into trails for hiking.

“There isn’t any place you can close your eyes. You got to keep them wide open. Every step along the way, there is a rocky ledge coming to a new overlook. And a river gorge,” said Cumberland Trail Park manager and state park ranger Bob Fulcher.

Fulcher said he has dedicated his career to the project.

“This is why I came to work 37 years ago. The opportunity to work on a project like this was just a dream then, and it has been a wonderful endeavor,” said Fulcher.

Park rangers say they want to give residents more hiking options and conserve state history.

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2 Middle Tennessee theatres to screen ‘The Interview’

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Two independent theatres in Middle Tennessee are among those that will screen “The Interview” on Christmas Day.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1t8qNw9) reports the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville and the Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin will show the movie as part of a limited release of the film.

The political satire about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prompted a cyberattack on Sony Entertainment and a threat of violence if the movie wasn’t pulled.

Sony announced last week that it wouldn’t show the movie, but reversed course this week after public outcry and criticism from President Barack Obama.

The film will be shown in about 200 theaters nationwide.

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