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Monroe Co. blaze claims lives of woman, son

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say a Monroe County house fire has claimed the lives of an elderly woman and her son.

According to WATE-TV, three fire departments within the county were dispatched to the blaze in Madisonville around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Officials say 86-year-old Louise Turner and 51-year-old William Vincent Turner were killed in the blaze.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.


Pedestrian in wheelchair hit by van, killed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Police say a pedestrian who was struck by a van and killed while crossing an intersection in a northeast Nashville neighborhood failed to obey a traffic signal.

Officials said in a press release on Sunday that 57-year-old Michael Conner of Nashville was struck around 10 p.m. on Saturday by the van traveling north in Madison. Conner, who was in a wheelchair, died at the scene.

The driver of the van, 71-year-old Arthur Williams of Madison, and a witness, told police that the traffic signal at the intersection was green for northbound traffic.

Police say the contributing factor in the crash was Conner's failure to obey a traffic control device.


East Tennessee Eagle Scout sports 136 merit badges

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - In his years as a Boy Scout, Trey Sealock gained a lot of intangible rewards, and even more tangible ones.

The former Dandridge home-schooled student and third-generation Eagle Scout was not only named Boy Scout of the Year recently by the Great Smoky Mountain Council, but he also enjoyed an even rarer accomplishment.

He is thought to be part of a relatively small group of Boy Scouts in the history of the organization to get all 136 merit badges.

Merit badges are cloth patches sewn on a Scout's sash. They're given for knowledge and skill gained in learning about a hobby or profession through a multistep process.

The pursuit can range from fly fishing to music to chemistry and farm mechanics.


Jack White records songs, releases vinyl in hours

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jack White played his new single for a couple of hundred fans on Record Store Day and four hours later a copy of the performance was available on a limited run of vinyl.

The singer and guitarist touted the accomplishment as the "world's fastest-released record."

But don't look for it in the Guinness World Record Book, as White admitted Saturday he doesn't know if anyone else has attempted the feat. The stunt was a promotion for Record Store Day and his upcoming album, "Lazaretto."

White said at a press conference at his Third Man Records store in Nashville that he never looked into who has made the fastest record, he just assumed he was going to do it.

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