KNOXVILLE (AP) — Police in Tennessee say the discovery of a body in a “mummified state” in a shed behind a residence has led to charges against three people.

News outlet report Knoxville police said in a statement that officers responded on Sunday to report of a possible homicide and while searching the property found the deceased body wrapped in a tarp.

Authorities say three people at the residence have been charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence: 62-year-old Tommy Wayne Rose, 41-year-old Deborah Maria Gister and 48-year-old Christina Barbara McCormack. All three have denied having any knowledge of the person’s death.

Officials said an autopsy would be conducted at the Regional Forensic Center to determine the cause of death. The person’s identity wasn’t immediately released.


Nashville film festival turns 50, gets bigger footprint

NASHVILLE — The Nashville Film Festival turns 50 this year with a new director who is expanding its footprint.

WPLN-FM reports that the festival directed by Jason Padgitt now includes city events every night as well as a new festival hub away from the multiplex where the movies are shown. Events range from house parties for VIP badge holders to big public celebrations, like one for a Chuck Berry documentary’s world premiere.

New film programming manager Lauren Ponto says she maintained the festival’s eclectic mix of foreign titles and independent American films.

She’s also showcasing more local talent, including K.D. Amond, director of “Five Women in the End.” It’s an apocalyptic thriller about a girls’ night gone wrong making its world premiere in the Tennessee First Competition.

The festival runs through Saturday.

Ex-Buffalo Bills player 

accused of pulling gun

MT. JULIET — A former Buffalo Bills player is accused of pulling a gun on teens who were pranking homes in his Tennessee neighborhood.

News outlets report 43-year-old Jimmy Robinson Jr. was arrested last week and charged with aggravated assault. Mt. Juliet police Lt. Tyler Chandler says authorities responding to a report of an armed man Thursday night determined Robinson had hunted down teens who were ringing doorbells and running away. Police say Robinson drove around searching for the car carrying the teens then ordered two of them out of their car at gunpoint.

It’s unclear who called authorities and how the confrontation ended.

Robinson is an EMT with the Nashville Fire Department, which is conducting an internal investigation. He has posted bail and been released from custody.

Robinson attended Western Illinois University and spent one season with the Bills.


Police: Boater finds human bones near Mississippi River

MEMPHIS — Authorities in Tennessee say they are trying to identify human remains found by a boater near a marina off of the Mississippi River.

News outlets report Memphis police were called to the Riverside Park Marina on Sunday morning where a boater led officers to human bones he found near a boat ramp there.

Police confirmed the remains are human, but have not yet identified them.

The department is investigating.


US Navy Blue Angels 

to perform at 2020 air show

DAYTON, Ohio — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be the featured performers at an Ohio air show next year.

Vectren Dayton Air Show officials say the Blue Angels will return to perform at the 2020 show on June 27-28 at Dayton International Airport.

The 110-member squadron will fly six Boeing F/A-18 Hornets during a tightly choreographed demonstration. The group’s fighter jets are known to fly as little as 18 inches apart while going as fast as 700 miles per hour.

The Blue Angels performed at the air show in 2017 and 2018. Their 2016 performance was canceled after a crash killed a pilot during a practice show in Tennessee.

Officials say last year’s air show drew an estimated 62,000 people, up from around 44,000 in 2017.

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