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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is investigating a kayaking accident that left one man dead and sent another to the hospital. The accident happened in Sparta below the dam. Authorities say two men were kayaking and went over the dam. The survivor was able to make it out of the river and flagged down help before rescuers recovered the body of the other man, who was said to be 24 years old. The victim was reportedly wearing a life jacket, but was pulled under the water by the current.
One man is dead and another is in custody following a shooting south of Pikeville. Bledsoe County authorities say 32 year old Casey Anderson is charged with criminal homicide in the shooting that is believed to have occurred on Tuesday. The victim has not been identified. Anderson reportedly admitted to authorities that he shot the victim multiple times with multiple weapons. The body was transported to the TBI Crime Lab in Nashville to determine his identity and the number of gunshot wounds. Authorities are still trying to determine a motive in the shooting. Anderson, who was also wanted in Hamilton County on other charges, is being held without bond in the Bledsoe County Jail.
Nashville has been selected as one of 15 cities the Democratic National Committee has asked to make a pitch to host the convention. Officials with the DNC say they will accept proposals through June 6th, and pick a host city either late this year or in early 2015. Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation President Butch Spyridon says city leaders will decide by next month whether or not to submit a serious bid.
Governor Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law to ban the shredding of Imagine Library books delivered to the incorrect addresses. The bill directs the U.S. Postal Service to instead donate the books to pre-kindergarten or other programs
Cumberland County election officials say approximately 1300 ballots have been cast so far for the May 6th primary election. Officials say the majority of the ballots cast have been republican. Polls are open for early voting at the Election Commission Office on Main Street each weekday from 8- 5 and on Saturdays from 8 -12.