NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen got a grilling Wednesday from state legislators over the troubled new student academic testing system called TNReady.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A newly publish list shows that 12 Tennessee schools have received or applied for exemptions to federal Title IX civil rights regulations barring discrimination on the basis of a student's sex.

The U.S. Department of Education published the list earlier this year. The information release was prompted by a request from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ advocacy group in the United States.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Students attending Tennessee Board of Regents schools will see some of the smallest tuition increases in a decade if the Regents follow recommendations made yesterday.

The Tennessean reports the TBR’s Finance Committee has voted to recommend tuition increases for the coming school year of three percent or less at the systems six universities and 13 community colleges.

If approved, the increases would be the smallest TBR students have seen in a decade and follow increases of less than 4 percent at system schools last year.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is maintaining his innocence in the face of a 14 count federal indictment.

The Daily News Journal reports Arnold pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday. Arnold and two associates are accused of illegally profiting from the sale of e-cigarettes sold to inmates in the jail the Sheriff administers.

Arnold waived his right to appear in federal court in Nashville, entering his plea instead through an attorney.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention says it lost more than 200,000 members in 2015.

It's the ninth straight year of decline for the nation's largest Protestant denomination, which also saw baptisms drop by more than 10,000 in 2015.

According to denomination statistics released on Tuesday, membership stands at 15.3 million, down from 15.5 million in 2014. Baptisms fell to just a little more than 295,000. Baptisms are an important measure for the denomination because of its strong commitment to evangelism.