- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014
Longtime Nashville radio personality Teddy Bart dead at 78

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Longtime Nashville radio personality Teddy Bart, who was recently inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 78.

In a statement to the media on Sunday, Bart’s family said he died on Saturday and that his body has been cremated. He requested there be no memorial or visitation service.

Bart began his radio show, “The Teddy Bart Show”, on WSM in 1969. According to his website, he worked in radio and television at WSM for about 11 years before becoming a prime time anchor at WKRN-TV, where he worked a short time before returning to radio.

In addition to his longtime broadcasting career, Bart also had songs recorded by legendary artists such as Brenda Lee and Johnny Mathis.

Bart was inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame earlier this year.


Authorities search for man accused of shooting FedEx driver

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities are searching for a man accused of shooting a FedEx driver in Memphis.

A warrant was issued Sunday for 45-year-old Keith Austin for attempted murder.

Investigators said a man exited a minivan last Thursday and used a high-powered rifle to shoot the driver while he was in his truck. The driver, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, but is now said to be stable.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Keith Austin is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.


US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation’s coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths.

Federal mine safety officials credit changes they’ve made since the Upper Big Branch disaster in April 2010. They point to their more aggressive use of team inspections at problem sites and other measures, which they say have fostered more responsible behavior below ground.

“I do think we’re seeing a cultural change in the mining industry that’s for the better,” Assistant Labor Secretary Joseph Main, who heads the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, told The Associated Press.

Main took over the agency five months before the worst U.S. mining disaster in four decades, the explosion at the Massey Energy-owned Upper Big Branch mine.

Federal investigations have concluded that blast was sparked by worn and broken equipment, fueled by a deadly buildup of methane and coal dust. The former CEO of Massey, Don Blankenship, was indicted in federal court last month on charges he conspired to violate safety and health standards. Blankenship has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 31 years in prison if convicted.

Main declined to talk about the case against Blankenship because the judge has ordered the parties involved in the case to not speak publicly. The Associated Press and other media are challenging the gag order.


Woman charged with drugging 3 more of her children

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville woman accused of drugging and killing her 22-month-old son has now been charged with giving drugs to her other three children.

The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1wbCeNM) reports that on June 20, 2013, emergency responders found 30-year-old Jamey Chaffin sitting on the front steps of her home holding the body of the toddler.

She was indicted and accused of giving the boy a dose of her prescription morphine to try and put him to sleep.

New test results show Chaffin may have given prescription drugs to her other three children - ages 7, 5 and 2. She was indicted earlier this month on additional charges.

Lab results from hair sample tests of the three children show positive results for oxycodone, a prescription painkiller, and drugs used to treat anxiety and depression.

Assistant District Attorney General Brian Holmgren said the testing shows it was Chaffin, not her husband, who administered the deadly drugs. She had prescriptions for all but one of those medications, he said. Holmgren also said the testing proves the children did not accidentally take the medication.



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