- Associated Press - Sunday, May 4, 2014
British princes go to Graceland, wedding on trip

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - British royals Prince William and Prince Harry toured the home of the King - Elvis, that is - and then went to a friend’s wedding on Saturday during their trip to Tennessee.

Their visit inspired dozens of fans, paparazzi and news media to patiently wait hours outside the Memphis Hunt and Polo Club for the chance to see royalty. Instead, they saw police and several black sport utility vehicles pull into the club.

For 15-year-old Danny Harp, that was enough. Just being within feet of a future king was like a dream come true, he said.

“Absolutely blown away. I feel like I waited three years since the wedding to see this in person,” said Harp, referring to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s ceremony.

Harp drove about 200 miles from Nashville with his mother and a friend. They waited for the royals for about five hours as he held a small England flag and magazines with Princess Diana and the royal wedding on them.

“I thought I’d rather be here and not see anything than be at home and feel like I missed something,” he said.


Tennessee relocating black bears found in cities

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Officials in Tennessee have been relocating black bears found in urban areas and warning residents not to harm the animals.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency spokesman Matthew Cameron says three bears were recently captured in Johnson City and southwestern Washington County.

Cameron told the Johnson City Press (https://bit.ly/1kFyZMfhttps://bit.ly/1kFyZMf ) all three were later relocated to a more appropriate area, including one brought to the Cherokee National Forest in Cocke County.

“They said it was about a 350-pound male, so it was a pretty good-sized bear,” Cameron said. “Hopefully, he’ll stay wild up there.”

The president of Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, Dana Dodd, says officials are investigating the shooting of a mother bear, who was scene with three cubs. Dodd says the cubs will be cared for and released into the wild later this year.

In addition to the adult, TWRA also located two black bear cubs and their injured mother Monday after a 911 call was made about three bears roaming the area near Tenn. Highway 107 and Clarks Creek Road. By the time agents arrived at the scene the mother black bear had already been killed by TWRA officers because of a pre-existing injury that left her hind legs paralyzed. TWRA is investigating the shooting


UT student charged with firing BB gun at bus

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Knoxville police say a University of Tennessee student is charged with shooting at a bus from the roof of a house.

Multiple media outlets reported that officers arrested 20-year-old Jack Powers as he hid on the roof of a house after blowing out the rear window of the vehicle Friday night.

Officers covered him from the ground while Knoxville police officers entered the residence and got him off the roof.

Powers was charged with aggravated assault, Felony vandalism, public intoxication, underage consumption, and possession of fraudulent identification.

Jail records did not list an attorney for Powers.


Deputies: Still found in home during welfare check

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) - Detectives in eastern Tennessee are investigating after deputies found a working still inside of a house in Minton Hollow while checking on the welfare of a small child.

The Johnson City Press reported (https://bit.ly/1i1A3Kphttps://bit.ly/1i1A3Kp ) that Carter County deputies went to the home Tuesday and the homeowner allowed them in. The sheriff’s office says that, once inside, deputies saw a copper still in plain view inside a master bedroom.

Deputy Roger Brown says the still had a mash barrel, thumper, keg, worm and cap assembly. Brown says there were several five gallon water bottles, which were possibly used for mash bottles.

The complete still was logged in as evidence and the Criminal Investigations Division was asked to follow up. No charges were filed. The children were found in good health.


Information from: Johnson City Press, https://www.johnsoncitypress.comhttps://www.johnsoncitypress.com



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