NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The House sponsor of a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee says he doesn't have the votes to pass the measure aimed at covering private school tuition for children attending some the state's worst public schools.

Republican state Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville called off a scheduled floor vote on Thursday morning before taking up a series of proposed amendments.

Dunn had offered to limit the measure to apply to just the state's four largest counties, and had even been willing to have it apply only to just Shelby County.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bid to freeze tuition at public colleges and universities and colleges in Tennessee is advancing in the state Senate.

The Senate Education Committee voted 9-0 in favor of the measure sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville on Wednesday.

Under the bill, students would pay the same tuition for all four years in college. And any major tuition hike would have to gain unanimous approval by the school's governing board.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials say they no longer have faith that a brand new education assessment test known as TNReady can be administered online after a series of computer glitches, including one on Monday that forced school officials across the state to halt testing on the first day of its rollout.

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WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of supporters and critics of Franklin County High School's Gay-Straight Alliance attended the county school board's meeting to discuss the organization.

Media outlets report the crowd packed the school's auditorium Monday night. Four people formally spoke concerning the organization, which was granted approval to form by school officials in December.

The establishment of the group, which meets to talk about issues among gay and heterosexual students at the school, has generated debate in the community about its intent and necessity.


GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has completed the installation of scrubbers at its coal-fired power plant in Gallatin to cut certain smog emissions by up to 98 percent.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ) reports that the last of four new coal scrubbers added to the Gallatin Fossil Plant went into operation this week after nearly three years and $730 million of construction work.