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The young boy who survived Mondayís deadly Memphis house fire has been declared brain-dead. Cameronís father did confirm that the 8 year-old is now on life support. This fire also killed the boyís six siblings and three adults. The father stated that they are planning on donating Cameronís organs, in the hopes of helping another child and saving another family from the pain they are experiencing. Since the blaze broke out on Monday, officials have stated that an electrical malfunction with a power cord hooked up to an A/C unit is what caused the fire.
If you went to the Battle at Bristol, you might have gotten a t-shirt or a hat to remember the weekend. The Bristol Chamber of Commerce is offering a new way to do that. The historic State Street sign in Bristol was glowing orange and red during the game last weekend. That's because the traditional bulbs were changed out for Tennessee and Virginia Tech colored bulbs. Now that the game is over, Local 8 News reports the Bristol Chamber of Commerce is selling those bulbs. UT fans can buy an orange one for $10. The bulbs can be ordered online at http://www.bristolchamber.com/store/commemorative-light-bulb.
Tennessee is number-one in the nation in a category that you wouldn't want to brag about. The Safe Tennessee Project says the state led the country in the number of accidental shooting deaths in 2014. The Project says there were 105 fatalities, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were only 19 accidental shooting deaths the year before. The big increase spanned all age groups.
Threatened with the loss of a lot of money, Tennessee lawmakers have repealed the state's underage drinking law. It went into effect in July and increased the penalties for 18-to 20-year-olds driving under the influence, but also raised the minimum allowable blood alcohol content from 0.02 percent to 0.08 percent. That put Tennessee in a position to lose 60 million dollars in federal road funding on October 1st. Wednesday's votes in favor of repealing the law: 31 to 1 in the Senate and 85 to 2 in the House.
A man charged in Putnam County with the murder of Johnny Cash's great niece is taking a plea deal. 23-year-old Courtney Cash was stabbed to death in her home in Baxter in April of 2014. Cash's boyfriend was also wounded in the attack. Wayne Masciarella pleaded guilty to second degree murder Tuesday. Masciarella was sentenced to 15 years in prison.