NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The head of Vanderbilt University’s counseling degree program says the school will continue to train therapists using current professional standards in spite of a new state law that voids some of those standards in Tennessee.

In its most recent session, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law (HB1840/SB1556) that shields therapists from discipline by the American Counseling Association if they turn a patient away due to the counselor’s strongly held personal beliefs.

Haslam says US politics were point of concern on Asia trip

May 16, 2016
State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says the U.S. presidential race weighed heavily on the minds of executives that he met with on a recently concluded trade mission to Asia.

Haslam told reporters in a conference call Friday that he and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd met with about 250 business leaders during the trip to South Korea, China and Japan.

 ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say the 57-year-old man accused of abducting his niece from school more than a week ago was captured by two men who held him at gunpoint until law enforcement could arrive.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A leading figure in Tennessee’s counseling community spoke out Wednesday about a new state law that shield’s therapists from discipline if they violate professional standards by refusing to treat patients due to strongly held personal beliefs.

Supporters of the law say it protects the rights of the counselor and is in the best interests of patients. Opponents say it is a thinly veiled attack on the LGBT community.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  Just in time for spring graduations, a new report suggests Tennessee largest cities may not be the best places for college grads to find that first job.

WMOT reporting partner used 17 metrics to rank the 150 best and worst cities in the nation to start a career.

Nashville was the only city to score in the top half of the list, coming in at 23.. Memphis had the lowest scoring coming in at 108.