Associated Press

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Franklin police say a 17-year-old who was wearing stereo earbuds has died after being hit by a train.

Police said the CSX Railroad reported around 9:45 a.m. CDT Thursday that a train had hit a pedestrian. The boy was found in a wooded area and died at the scene.

Police said the teen lived nearby and had left home shortly before the accident to walk to a nearby business.

A news release from police said the incident appeared to be an accident.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee National Guard recruiter convicted of wounding three people inside an armory has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Amos Patton was convicted in February of nine charges, including four counts of assault with a firearm with intent to commit murder.

Authorities said Patton was angry after learning he was being removed from his job because a female soldier had accused him of sexual assault. He pulled a gun from a fanny pack and began shooting inside the Millington armory on Oct. 24, 2013.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court will decide when, if ever, police investigative files are open to the public.

The Tennessean newspaper requested records in the case of former Vanderbilt football players charged with raping a fellow student in a dormitory. Metro Nashville Police denied the request.

On Thursday, attorneys for Nashville and the state told the Supreme Court that was the right decision. They said court rules protect the evidence in police files until after a trial and all appeals are complete.

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Federal regulators have voted to grant an operating license for the Unit 2 reactor at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear plant as long as regulatory requirements are met.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( reports the critical step by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will keep the Watts Bar Unit 2 project on schedule to become the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century. The Tennessee Valley Authority has said it plans to complete the reactor by December 2015.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State's football program has received a one-year postseason ban for failing to meet the NCAA's minimum Academic Progress Rate standards.

The NCAA released APR results Wednesday and Tennessee State's football program received a four-year average score of 915. As a school fitting the NCAA's definition of a limited-resource institution, Tennessee State needed 920 to be eligible for the 2015 postseason.