- Associated Press - Sunday, January 26, 2014
Obama to visit Nashville after State of the Union

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - President Obama will visit Nashville as part of a national tour after Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

According to a White House news release, other stops include Prince George’s County Maryland, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.

The tour will take place in the week following the speech. Afterward, Obama will return to the White House to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed.

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper issued a statement welcoming the president and hoping “we will all treat him with Southern hospitality.”

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn seemed not to take that advice when she issued a statement telling Obama to take a look around at Nashville’s thriving economy and advising him that “our success is not a result of your failed policies.”


Police arrest estranged husband in 1997 slaying

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Police have arrested a Chattanooga woman’s estranged husband in her 1997 stabbing death.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/1e4ZDvI) police long suspected Adolphus Hollingsworth might be responsible Victoria Witherspoon Carr’s death. The couple had a history of domestic violence that included an incident in May 1996 when Hollingsworth was charged with assault and possession of an unlawful weapon after he allegedly choked Carr. In another incident, Carr filed a police report saying Hollingsworth had dragged her by the hair and punched her in the face.

At the time Carr disappeared, Hollingsworth also was facing bigamy charges out of Alabama. Carr’s family said she did not know Hollingsworth was already married when she wed him in November 1996.

Carr’s 9- and 4-year-old children were the last people to see her. She put them to bed, and when they woke up, she was gone. Her pager was on the floor and the phone was off the hook.

Her car was found in her mother’s driveway with brush trapped underneath it and a strong odor of gasoline in the interior. Her keys were found in the grass nearby.

Her body was found more than a year later after a dog carried her skull into a yard.


Attorney wants school shooting charges dismissed

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The attorney for accused school shooter Kenny Bartley Jr. has filed a motion to dismiss charges after learning that key videotaped interviews with the surviving victims are missing.

Bartley was 14 years old in November 2005, when he took a gun to Campbell County Comprehensive High School to trade with another student for drugs. School officials were alerted, and Bartley was summoned to the principal’s office where some type of struggle ensued. Assistant Principal Ken Bruce was killed while Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce were wounded.

Pierce has said in previous testimony that he had asked Bartley to show him the gun and suggested it was a toy. Bartley has said he was high on drugs at the time.

In 2007, Bartley made a last-minute plea on the day of his trial, pleading guilty to one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison with a chance of parole after 25 years.

Bartley was granted a new trial after he argued that he was pressured to plead guilty without being allowed to talk to his parents.

The new trial is set to begin Feb. 24. But The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1ixKiay) Bartley’s attorney, Gregory Isaacs, now is arguing that the charges should be dropped completely.


Education head seeks to calm student privacy fears

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is trying to calm student privacy fears surrounding Tennessee’s adoption of new academic standards.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1mWKDnA) Huffman joined 33 other school commissioners on Thursday in sending a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The letter confirms that states taking one of two common assessments next year will not share personally identifiable student information with the U.S. Education Department or other federal agencies.

The letter reads, in part, “Our states have not submitted student-level assessment data in the past. The transition to the new assessments should not cause anyone to worry that federal reporting requirements will change.”

It also says that the federal government is prohibited from establishing a student-level database containing assessment data for every student.


Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.comhttp://www.tennessean.com

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