- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014
Past doesn’t haunt DesJarlais in rural Tenn.

WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) - Well-known details about U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais - including that he once urged a mistress to seek an abortion and held a gun in his mouth for hours outside his ex-wife’s room - didn’t deter Republican primary voters from giving him a possible shot at a third term.

The primary race remained too close to call Friday, with DesJarlais ahead of challenger Jim Tracy by just 35 votes in unofficial results. That number could shift as provisional ballots are counted, and the final result could drag on for weeks as election officials certify results and consider potential challenges.

Tracy raised far more money than DesJarlais and had been expected to easily win. But DesJarlais’ tea party base appeared willing to overlook his personal scandals, offering another lesson in the staying power of ideology in a country increasingly polarized by politics and perceived cultural showdowns.

“Tennesseans chose to judge me on my record in Washington,” DesJarlais said in a statement after Thursday’s primary voting. During the campaign, he stressed familiar tea party-style attacks on President Barack Obama over issues like health care and the assault on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

In both of DesJarlais’ previous elections, he tried to cast doubt on reports of violent behavior toward his ex-wife and about multiple extramarital affairs before his divorce was finalized.

But court transcripts released the week after the November 2012 election revealed that he admitted under oath that he had eight affairs, encouraged a lover to get an abortion and used a gun to intimidate his first wife during an argument.


Procedures for possible election recount in Tenn.

A look at the timetables and procedures ahead to possibly decide the outcome of the race in Tennessee’s 4th congressional district, where incumbent Rep. Scott DesJarlais and challenger state Sen. Jim Tracy finished Thursday’s Republican primary in a near tie.



Election officials will look for any outstanding “provisional ballots” that were uncounted. This can include ballots cast by voters without proper ID at the polls. They have until the end of business hours Monday to produce acceptable identification to validate the vote.


The next step is to certify the vote count from each of the 16 counties in the 4th District, which covers an area of south-central Tennessee that includes outlying suburbs of Nashville and Chattanooga as well as rural areas along the Alabama line. The final certification is expected on Aug. 25, but the process could be moved up.


New Tenn. distribution center to bring 700 jobs

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to build a distribution center in Putnam County, which will bring 700 jobs to the area over the next five years.

Company executives said in a statement on Friday that the 1.6 million square foot distribution center in Cookeville would support continued growth for the Katy, Texas-based sporting goods retailer. It will be the company’s third distribution center.

Academy Sports + Outdoors has nine stores in Tennessee, with another one set to open in Memphis this fall.

Company officials say construction on the facility will start this month and it should be operational by 2016.

“We’ve been an active member of the Tennessee community for over 15 years through our stores, and we’re looking forward to further our commitment to the state and local communities through the addition of our new distribution center,” said CEO and President Rodney Faldyn.

Tennessee officials said they were pleased with the announcement.


Baby found abandoned next to trash in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis police are looking for a person who abandoned a newborn next to a trash bin.

Police say the baby appears less than a week old and had no apparent injuries but was taken to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. The Tennessee Department of Children Services will determine placement.

Police were called to the location Thursday night after someone reported seeing a female place something by a large metal trash bin. Police say the witness walked to the receptacle and discovered the baby.

The witness told police the female ran when she saw the witness. Her identity is unknown but police described her as black, 17 to 20 years old, 5-feet-5 to 5-7 tall, 125 to 130 pounds, shoulder-length hair and baggie brown clothes.

Police asked anyone with information to call (901) 636-3330.

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