Chattanooga, Tennessee – Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen is not so fond of a new federal education initiative. Bredesen says the "No Child Left Behind" act is a perfect example of the federal goverment mandating something but not funding it.
Franklin, Kentucky – A third person is facing charges in connection with a Simpson County murder. Kentucky State Police have arrested 51-year old Rickie Allen McPeak at a truck stop in Indianapolis Friday night.
He has been charged with complicity to murder in connection with the death of 43-old year Jessie Frank George in April of 2002. The remains of George were discovered in an abandoned house in Simpson County.
Nashville, Tennessee – Legislation making it harder for illegal immigrants to get a Tennessee driver's license is dead for the year in the General Assembly. The legislation would have prevented anyone from getting a license without a social security number or documents from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Fort Campbell, Kentucky – Soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell who are looking to buy a home will get some assistance from a new program at the post's credit union. The Fort Campbell Credit Union is offering the "Home Front Mortgage", which requires no down payment. Fannie Mae has pledged to buy the mortgages on the secondary market. The army post is home to the 101st Airborne Division.
Fort Knox, Kentucky – About 100 Fort Knox-based marine reservists who saw fighting in Iraq are on their way home. Ships carrying Company A, Eighth Tank Battalion, have set sail on their month-long voyage to the United States. The unit is made up mostly of students and workers from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
Company spokeswoman Captain Jenny Potter says the reservists saw plenty of action, most significantly in firefights at the Iraqi town of An Nasiriyah in late March. None of the unit's members were injured.