NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Legislature’s Republican super majority will consider calling a special session to express opposition to a new federal directive to schools concerning transgender bathrooms.

In a letter sent to schools this week, the Obama Administration directed school administrators to allow students to use the bathroom associated with their gender identity.

The Tennessean reports Republican lawmakers have forwarded a letter to Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery asking him to file a lawsuit against the federal government over the issue.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report says Americans will spend 20 percent less on summer vacations this year and the study also suggests Tennessee is not well placed to cash in on the seasonal dollars that remain.

WMOT reporting partner used 30 key metrics to compare 80 of the nation’s largest metro areas.  Tennessee’s four largest cities did not fare well. Knoxville and Nashville ranked the highest coming in at 40 and 41 respectively.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The City of Murfreesboro will host an upcoming conference by the Tennessee Arts Commission and during that meeting the city and commission will put on on a new arts festival they’re hoping will become an annual event.

They’re calling the event the Murfreesboro Summer Arts Jam and it will be held on the city’s downtown Civic Plaza beginning at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 8.


UNIONVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Early American pioneers like Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett weren’t the only adventurers to brave the wilds of North America. Protestant Christianity spread westward across the American frontier thanks in large measure to the tireless efforts of so-called circuit riding preachers.


FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Franklin Police are asking for the public's help as they work to identify a suspect in an armed robbery.

Officials say the clerk at the Shell station on Royal Oaks Boulevard at Oak Meadow Drive was robbed Saturday by a man who threatened the clerk with a box cutter.

In a press statement police say that when the clerk didn’t move fast enough to remove cash from the register the robber picked the entire register up and ran out of the store with it. Police suspect a getaway car was waiting for him.