TENNESSEE-VICE CHANCELLOR STEPS DOWN
Retiring UT official cites 'intolerable situation'
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has announced that Tim Rogers is stepping down as the university's vice chancellor for student life, less than three weeks after he cited an "intolerable situation" in an email that he sent to chancellor Jimmy Cheek.
Rogers wrote that "I do not believe I can continue to adequately serve my division, our students or the university absent your support and confidence in me." The May 6 email was first reported by Knoxville television station WBIR and was obtained through a public records request.
Tennessee sent out a release Wednesday indicating Rogers was retiring effective June 30.
Cheek said in a statement that "Tim is a dedicated advocate for our students and has worked tirelessly to make their UT experience even better."
Rogers didn't return messages left at his office.
Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote 1 of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
Tennessee Smokies raise money for tornado victims
KODAK, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Smokies of the AA Southern League plan to help Oklahoma tornado victims by presenting a check to the American Red Cross on behalf of outfielder Ty Wright, a former Oklahoma State player.
The Smokies plan to donate $10 for each of the team's hits during a 5-game series that runs through Monday. The Smokies also are auctioning memorabilia Saturday, with all of the proceeds going to disaster relief and the Red Cross.
Wright, a 28-year-old outfielder for the Smokies, said in a team release that "after watching the coverage of the tornado, it was tragic to see. I played baseball for Oklahoma State for four years and Oklahoma is like a second home to me."
The Smokies are a Chicago Cubs affiliate.
2 charged in slayings of 6 on Tenn.-Ala. border
FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say three women, a man, a toddler and an unborn baby who were slain last October near the Tennessee-Alabama border were the victims of a dispute over drug dealing.
Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder announced on Thursday that 36-year-old Henry Burrell, of Fayetteville, and 35-year-old Zakkawanda Moss, of New Market, Ala., are charged with six counts each of first-degree murder. The two men are currently incarcerated in Alabama on unrelated charges. Lincoln County is seeking extradition.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Burrell and Moss were drug dealers who worked with 1 of the victims, Warren Crutcher. Officials believe the pair decided Crutcher was ripping them off, and the slayings occurred while Burrell and Moss were looking for drugs and money at two homes Crutcher stayed in.
Warrant issued for rapper Tim Dog
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi authorities have issued an arrest warrant for rapper Tim Dog, apparently doubting reports in February that the singer had died.
On Tuesday, authorities in Desoto County, near Memphis, Tenn., issued a warrant for his arrest alleging he hasn't paid restitution from a 2011 grand larceny conviction.
Tim Dog, 46, whose real name is Timothy Blair, is best known for a 1990s song "F--- Compton."
He was sentenced in August 2011 to 14 days in jail and five years on probation for allegedly swindling $32,000 from a woman who met him on an online dating site. He was ordered to pay about $19,000 in restitution.
The warrant says he hasn't paid.
Arrest made in fatal shooting in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis police have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting one man and wounding another.
The Commercial Appeal reports that 21-year-old Setric Hall has been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, attempted second-degree murder and using a firearm during a felony.
He's being held in the Shelby County Jail.
Police say the shootings occurred Wednesday night. Officers found a 26-year-old man on the floor with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead there, and later identified as Devin Cox.
A few minutes later, officers responded to another location, where they found a 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
Police believe that Hall was trying to shoot his girlfriend when the 22-year-old man intervened.
The girlfriend was not injured.
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