PIKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Bledsoe county school system has banned the distribution of religious material from its schools, meaning Christian organization Gideons International can no longer give out Bibles on Bledsoe campuses.

Bledsoe County Schools Superintendent Jennifer Terry tells WRCB the decision came after someone made a formal complaint. Terry wouldn't elaborate on the complaint's details. She says the distribution of religious materials in schools violates constitutional provisions.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he's uncertain whether he would seek approval from fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly about potential plans to privatize state operations.

The governor told reporters after a Veterans Day event in Nashville on Tuesday that he wants to see what the final form of the outsourcing proposal looks like before deciding whether to bring it before lawmakers. Haslam stresses that no decision has been made on whether to pursue privatization.

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee appellate court ruling could revive the Coffee County Board of Education's lawsuit against the city of Tullahoma over liquor-by-the-drink taxes owed to county schools going back to the 1980s.

The Chattanooga Times Free-Press reports the ruling was released this week.

Coffee County was among several Tennessee county school systems seeking the liquor-by-the-drink tax money owed by municipalities where liquor is sold. Court records show the county's suit filed on May 30, 2014, sought $387,000 from Tullahoma and $134,000 from Manchester.

Thieves steal Murf. man's Bible, leave him injured

Nov 10, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Murfreesboro man was beaten and robbed Monday evening and among other items the thieves made off with his Bible.

Bradyville Pike resident Carlos Vargas says he was talking on his cell phone outside his apartment Monday a little after 6 p.m. when he was approached by three men.

Vargas says one of the men punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground and then all three began to kick and punch him.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Supreme Court’s ruling this summer on same sex marriage has had no measureable impact on opposition to gay marriage in Tennessee according to a poll out this week.

The Middle Tennessee University poll surveyed just over 600 registered voters statewide in late October.

The poll shows that 57 percent of Tennesseans surveyed are either opposed or strongly opposed to same sex marriage.  Just 29 percent either favor or strongly favor gay marriage.