Humboldt murder suspect on TBI's most wanted list
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had added a murder suspect from Humboldt to its top 10 most wanted list.
The TBI says 27-year-old Albert Jones Smith Jr. is wanted on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting Sunday of 20-year-old Titus Middlebrook.
Investigators say Middlebrook was killed while in the front seat of a car in Humboldt.
The TBI said Wednesday it made an arrest in the case. Cameron Michael Bufford has been charged with aggravated assault. Investigators believe he tried to drag Middlebrook from his car while Smith held Middlebrook at gunpoint.
The TBI says Smith is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on Smith's whereabouts is urged to call TBI or the Humboldt Police Department. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
THP: No fatalities during no-fatality challenge
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol and state Department of Safety and Homeland Security say a goal to have zero fatalities on Interstate 40 over the Thanksgiving holiday appears to have been met.
Seven other states participated in the challenge that involved state police and highway patrol agencies stepping up patrols along the I-40 corridor last Wednesday and Sunday, the busiest travel days of the period.
Each agency was asked to assign a trooper every 20 miles along I-40.
Law enforcement officials from the California Highway Patrol, Arizona Department of Public Safety, New Mexico State Police, Texas Department of Public Safety, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Arkansas State Police and North Carolina Highway Patrol also accepted the challenge.
Officials said in a release this week that California's numbers weren't available, but that the other participants reported zero fatalities.
Hope, others from NFL to serve pizza for charity
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Titans safety Chris Hope and some other current and former Titans will be serving pizzas for charity next week.
They will cook and serve pizza, pose for photos and sign autographs. People attending can bid on silent auction pieces, including autographed Titans' equipment and country music items.
Players attending include Chris Johnson, Nate Washington, Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, Jurrell Casey, Bernard Pollard and Michael Griffin. Former players scheduled include Eddie George, Derrick Mason, Craig Hentrich, Chris Sanders, Vincent Fuller and Blaine Bishop.
The event being held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at MAFIAoZA'S Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub in Nashville will benefit InterFace and the Community Foundation's Godfather Fund.
Tickets are $75, or $25 for children 14 and younger, and are available at http://www.hope5.eventbrite.com or at the restaurant.
Fire extinguisher bursts, covers Germantown's mail
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) - Postal officials are telling residents of Germantown not to worry about that white stuff on their mail - it's not poison.
U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Walton says mail recipients in the Memphis suburb may notice a white film on letters received Wednesday. That's because a fire extinguisher burst and dispersed a white substance inside the Germantown post office, covering the mail delivered there.
Postal officials said the residue is not hazardous and determined safe by the poison control center.
There was no additional damage or delay to mail. Walton says it's not clear why the extinguisher exploded.
Germantown is a city of about 39,000 people east of Memphis.
Mass. boy pleads not guilty to killing teacher
SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A 14-year-old Massachusetts boy has pleaded not guilty to murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery charges in the killing of his high school math teacher.
Philip Chism is accused in the Oct. 22 death of Colleen Ritzer, a popular teacher at Danvers High School. Ritzer's body was found in woods near the school with her throat slit and a note reading, "I hate you all."
Chism had already pleaded not guilty in district court, but the case was moved to Superior Court after he was indicted last month. His attorney agreed Wednesday to a prosecution request that he remain held without bail.
Chism had recently moved to Massachusetts from Clarksville, Tenn.
Police haven't released a motive for Ritzer's killing. Chism's attorney has declined to comment. Ritzer's family was in court Wednesday.
Female inmate at Washington County jail dies
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - A Johnson City woman has died in the Washington County jail.
The Johnson City Press reports 51-year-old Donna L. Patillo was found slumped in her cell Tuesday evening during meal time. She was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office said Patillo had a medical history and was prescribed several medications.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is helping with the investigation of her death.
The newspaper reports Patillo was the fifth inmate to die this year while in the jail's custody.
Facing Manning painful reminder of QB Titans lost
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has no time to think about what could have or would have been if Peyton Manning had chosen to be a Titan in March 2012.
They're too busy preparing to defend him once again.
This week provides a painful reminder of what might have been if the Titans had been able to successfully sign Peyton the free agent. At their owner's bidding, they wooed the four-time NFL MVP hard with a Hall of Fame offensive lineman as head coach leading the way only to lose out to Denver and another Hall of Famer in John Elway.
Coach Mike Munchak says the Broncos being atop the AFC shows what a difference Manning can make to a team.
Meanwhile, the Titans (5-7) are struggling - again - to put together wins.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.