- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014
Apartment fire kills 2 men

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a fire at an apartment complex in southeast Memphis that killed two men.

The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1j1EDtk) reports firefighters responded to the blaze early Saturday morning.

The men were discovered in their bedrooms and transported to Delta Medical Center in critical condition. Both later died at the hospital.

Authorities have not identified the victims, and it hasn’t been determined if their unit had a working smoke detector.

A cause of death has also not been released. However, investigators believe the cause of the fire was unattended food that had been left on the stove.

Officials say eight units sustained either smoke, fire or water damage.


Woman, child killed in fiery Giles County crash

PULASKI, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old girl and a woman were killed in a fiery car crash in Giles County.

According to WSMV-TV (http://bit.ly/1hM5EjU), the incident occurred around 2 p.m. on Saturday in Pulaski.

Tennessee Highway Patrol officials say 33-year-old Tiffany Sumners apparently lost control of her vehicle, over-corrected, then traveled across the roadway and struck a tree. The car burst into flames.

Officials believe the 5-year-old and another 6-year-old girl were riding in the backseat of the vehicle. They say the girl who survived sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The girls’ relationship to Sumners is unclear.


Tyson Foods recalls 33K pounds of chicken product

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Tyson Foods is recalling nearly 34,000 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of salmonella.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday in a news release the product was not sold in retail stores. It was produced on Oct. 11 and shipped nationwide for institutional use.

The chicken has been linked to illnesses in a Tennessee correctional facility, where seven people got sick and two were hospitalized.

Food containing Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.

The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment.


Program to benefit community college transfers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State higher education officials are hoping to boost college graduation rates in Tennessee by helping students who transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions get the associate degrees they may still lack.

The state currently doesn’t have a system for students who transfer from community colleges to receive an associate degree after they arrive at their new four-year school.

But The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1cAYXMN) reports a so-called “reverse transfer” program would allow students to collect that degree credential when requirements are met in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

A pilot run of the program is set to begin in the fall. Officials hope to fully roll it out in the spring of 2015 and involve every public higher institution in Tennessee and some private schools.

“It’s all about advancing the numbers of people with post-secondary credentials, and this is an approach that allows us to do that,” said University of Tennessee System President Joe DiPietro.

The program is a collaboration of the UT system, Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association and Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

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