News in brief from across Tennessee
Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 9:02 pm
Authenticity of Elvis’ autopsy tools questioned
MEMPHIS (AP) — Instruments supposedly used in Elvis Presley’s autopsy and embalming have been withdrawn from an auction in Chicago after their authenticity was questioned.
Memphis Funeral Home president E.C. Daves told The Commercial Appeal that “there’s no way to tell” whether the items being offered for sale through Leslie Hindman Auctioneers are authentic.
The retired embalmer claimed he took the items after Presley’s embalming Aug. 16, 1977. But Daves said another employee told him the instruments were sterilized and used again.
The items were in two lots valued at $8,000 and $6,000. They included rubber gloves, forceps, a comb and eye liner.
Auction house owner Leslie Hindman said she was in discussions with all parties.
Heat advisories for western half of Tenn.
NASHVILLE (AP) — The western half of Tennessee is under a heat advisory and the rest of the state isn’t far behind.
The National Weather Service has issued the advisories for all of West Tennessee and for much of Middle Tennessee, from the Tennessee River eastward through the Nashville area. A similar advisory is posted for the greater Chattanooga area.
Heat indexes today are expected to reach 106 degrees in Memphis and Chattanooga and 103 degrees in Nashville.
Knoxville is expected to get mercury readings in the upper 90s today and the Tri-Cities forecast was for the mid-90s.
Saturday is expected to be even a bit hotter before a weekend thunderstorm chance cools the state by a few degrees.
Published in The Messenger 7.23.10