Lawyers Move for Mistrial in Vanderbilt Rape Case, Say Juror Was Raped

In January of this year, Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, both football players at Vanderbilt University, were convicted of raping a fellow student in 2013. Now, as the sentencing phase begins, Vandenburg’s attorney is moving for a mistrial, arguing that the jury foreman failed to disclose that he was a victim of… » 6/16/15 9:30am 6/16/15 9:30am

That One Time I Left My Fiancé and Fled to the Appalachian Trail

The Park Ranger parks his truck and steps over to my tent as gingerly as he could in his heavy boots. “Hello? Hey.” I poke my head out and look up to see him sporting the beige uniform of woodsy authority. The light behind him, dappled through the trees, is fading from gold to dark blue. » 5/20/15 3:45pm 5/20/15 3:45pm

Perfect Pussy Tour Diary, Part 2: Turbans, Sparklers, and Deerhoof (!)

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So far, our (hungover, sleep deprived) heroes are, in relative terms, coasting: none of the usual van trouble, broken cell phones, or robberies of tours past. This is not to say that all is right with the stars. Let’s watch as they cross an invisible border to a magical land where people still smoke cigarettes… » 4/24/15 3:10pm 4/24/15 3:10pm

Is Paula Deen Trying To Take Over Dolly's Turf With New Restaurant?

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is usually a quiet and peaceful place, the humdrum of everyday life only interrupted by the delighted screams of the fun-seekers at the town’s beloved main attraction: Dollywood. But now another southern beauty is moving into Pigeon Forge, and she’s about to cover everything in boo-ter.
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Two More Women Say Prison Made Them 'Prove' They Were Menstruating 

In late January, a federal lawsuit against the Corrections Corporation of America, the mammoth private prison company, alleged that a prison visitor was forced to disrobe and "prove" she was menstruating by letting a female guard look at her genitals. Two more women have now joined the suit, saying they too were… » 2/04/15 5:10pm 2/04/15 5:10pm

University of Tennessee Drops 'Lady' from Women's Sports Teams

For decades, the women's sports teams at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville have been known as the Lady Volunteers, or the "Lady Vols." That is, until now: the university announced last week that they'd phase out the "Lady Vols" name and refer to both men's and women's teams as just "Vols." But many Tennessee… » 11/17/14 2:20pm 11/17/14 2:20pm

North Dakota & Colorado Protect Abortion Access, Tennessee Trashes It

In the midst of Tuesday night's many and layered disappointments, at least we have this: both North Dakota and Colorado voters decided overwhelmingly to reject "personhood" measures, nakedly obvious attempts to outlaw abortion by conferring new rights on fetuses. But at the same time, because nothing good came out of… » 11/05/14 9:30am 11/05/14 9:30am

​Ballot Measures in These Three States Aim To Criminalize Abortion

Another election, another attempt to strip women of their autonomy over their own body in favor of an unborn fetus that may have been conceived through rape or incest and may actually be harmful to the woman's health. Every election, anti-abortion restrictions find their way onto the ballot in some state—this year,… » 10/05/14 1:25pm 10/05/14 1:25pm

Tennessee Is the Next Major Abortion Battleground

Because it's a typical day in America, awful anti-abortion legislation has sprouted up to menace women's health and safety. This time, the anti-choice lunacy takes place in Tennessee — where proposed legislation could amend the state constitution in order to give anti-abortion zealots free reign to pass draconian… » 9/12/14 3:20pm 9/12/14 3:20pm

First Woman Arrested Under Law Criminalizing Drug Use During Pregnancy

Earlier this year, Tennessee passed controversial legislation allowing the state to criminally charge mothers for using narcotics while pregnant, calling it "assault" against the fetus. This past week, a new mother became the first woman to be prosecuted under that law after her newborn tested positive for amphetamine. » 7/14/14 7:00pm 7/14/14 7:00pm

New Tenn. Bill Allows Drug-Addicted Pregnant Women to Be Prosecuted

A new bill just passed by Tennessee's state legislature would allow women to be charged with assault or homicide if they have a pregnancy complication after using illegal narcotics. Troublingly, the legislation's language is so broad that advocates fear it may be used to prosecute pregnant women for non-drug-related… » 4/10/14 7:00pm 4/10/14 7:00pm