The following press statement was released by the Tennessee Board of Regents on June 24, 2016.

The Tennessee Board of Regents today approved the lowest increases in undergraduate tuition since 1983.

Tuition rates at the six TBR universities, 13 community colleges and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology will increase an average of 2.6 percent for the 2016-17 academic year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A pair of Nashville Ballet company dancers are gearing up to represent Tennessee in a prestigious dance competition in Europe next month.

Alexandra Meister and Nicolas Scheuer have been invited to compete in the 27th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, beginning July 15. The Olympic-style event is held every two years and attracts dancers from around the world.

Bluegrass music patriarch Ralph Stanley dies at 89

Jun 24, 2016
Ralph Stanley

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Appalachian music patriarch Ralph Stanley, who helped expand and popularize the bluegrass sound, has died. He was 89.

His publicist, Kirt Webster, says Stanley died yesterday.

Stanley was born and raised in southwest Virginia. He and brother Carter formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946. The brothers fused Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe's rapid rhythms with the mountain folk of groups such as the Carter Family, and added a distinctive three-part harmony. Carter Stanley died of liver disease in 1966.

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of Tennessee’s largest companies has lost a precedent setting Supreme Court case that defines the limits of Native American tribal court authority.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that justices were deadlocked 4-4 in a closely watched dispute between the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and mid-state based Dollar General Corp. The impasse leaves a lower court decision in place that favors the tribe.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — If you plan on voting in the August 4 election, election officials want you to know that July 5 is the last day you can register.

Officials say voter registration applications must be in by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5. Mail-in applications must also be postmarked by that date.

You’re getting an extra day to register this year because the last day to register actually falls on July 4, a national holiday.