Pastor indicted, accused of sexual abuse

COVINGTON — A Tennessee pastor has been indicted on 47 charges related to sexual abuse of minors.

Tipton County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Billy Daugherty told WREG-TV in Memphis that 39-year-old Ronnie Gorton has been accused by three people, including one under the age of 13.

Gorton was indicted Monday and jailed Tuesday. He declined to answer questions from reporters as he entered jail.

He is the former pastor of Awakening Church in Atoka.

Gorton faces one count of rape, 16 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, 17 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, five counts of aggravated sexual battery and several other charges.


Police: 2 hurt in accidental shooting

BIRMINGHAM — Authorities said two students were hurt in an accidental shooting during afternoon dismissal at a high school in Alabama’s largest city.

Birmingham Police Sgt. Bryan Shelton told local media organizations that one of the students suffered life-threatening injuries in the shooting Wednesday afternoon. Shelton called it an “accidental shooting” but details weren’t immediately available.

The Birmingham City school system said in a statement that the shooting at Huffman High School prompted a brief lockdown and police were called. It said students were subsequently let go and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.