NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The top Republican in the state Senate is throwing cold water on an effort to revive Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville says it's unlikely that the measure makes it to a full floor vote even though it appears to have decent prospects in its initial committee.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (HENDRICKS)  --  Undocumented students living in Tennessee currently pay out-of-state tuition at the state's colleges and universities, but one legislator hopes to change that.

The Education subcommittee in the Tennessee House is scheduled this week to consider a bill sponsored by Memphis Republican Mark White. The measure would permit undocumented students to pay instate tuition rates.

White says the difference in cost is significant and can push an education out of reach for many undocumented families.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A report out Monday says crime on Tennessee’s college campuses is down overall, but there’s been a disturbing increase in the number of sex related incidents.

The annual report compiled by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows an overall decline in campus crime of 6.3 percent between 2013 and 2014. Robberies, burglaries and assaults were all down last year.

However, the number of Sex Offenses involving the use of force were up by nearly 75 percent. The number of reported rapes jumped from 26 incidents in 2013 to 46 in 2014.

3 hurt, 2 stabbed, 1 charged at Ruth. County party

Mar 22, 2015

Here is a statement from the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office concerning the incident: Two victims remain in critical condition while a third victim is in stable condition after being injured in a fight about 1 a.m. Sunday at a party on Campbell Road, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s detective said.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says an agreement has been reached on legislation that would keep the state's current academic standards intact.

The Blountville Republican says the agreement was made earlier this week.

The state's standards include the controversial Common Core standards for English and math intended to make students more competitive.