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WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of supporters and critics of Franklin County High School's Gay-Straight Alliance attended the county school board's meeting to discuss the organization.

Media outlets report the crowd packed the school's auditorium Monday night. Four people formally spoke concerning the organization, which was granted approval to form by school officials in December.

The establishment of the group, which meets to talk about issues among gay and heterosexual students at the school, has generated debate in the community about its intent and necessity.


GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has completed the installation of scrubbers at its coal-fired power plant in Gallatin to cut certain smog emissions by up to 98 percent.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ) reports that the last of four new coal scrubbers added to the Gallatin Fossil Plant went into operation this week after nearly three years and $730 million of construction work.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Giddy Potts split a pair of free throws and pulled down a rebound with one second left to secure Middle Tennessee's 67-66 win over Florida International on Saturday night.

Potts hit four 3-pointers and totaled 15 points. Perrin Buford led Middle Tennessee (17-6, 9-2 Conference USA) with 16 points.

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's $34.8 billion spending plan includes new spending for schools, colleges and road projects along with another large deposit into Tennessee's emergency budget reserves.

Haslam made his sixth budget proposal in his annual State of the State address at the state Capitol on Monday.

The governor touted his proposed $261 million increase in spending on public education as the state's largest ever investment in K-12 education without a tax increase.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to create a limited school voucher program has been scheduled for a Monday floor vote in the state House.

The measure cleared its last hurdle on a voice vote in the House Calendar Committee on Tuesday after clearing the Finance Committee by a single vote last week.

Tuesday's hearing appeared to largely be a formality, as there were no audible votes in favor of the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville before the acting chairman declared that the bill had been approved.