Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A retired prison warden says the reclassification of maximum-security prisoners to medium-security has increased violence directed at both inmates and staff.

Jerry Lester, the former warden of West Tennessee State Penitentiary, made the accusations at a Friday news conference.

The Tennessean reports Lester said a 2012 presentation on the change by Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield suggested it was motivated, at least partially, by cost savings. Inmates classified as less dangerous require fewer guards to watch them.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he agrees with critics of the state's Hall income tax on earnings from stocks and bonds but argues that the state must balance efforts to do away with the levy with other funding needs in areas like education, roads and health care.

Proposals to get rid of the Hall tax are perennial favorites in the state Legislature, but they mostly run aground on concerns about lost revenues.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — The Williamson County Republican Party says GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will attend a rally this weekend in Middle Tennessee.

Media report Trump will speak at the Saturday afternoon rally at the Factory at Franklin.

Williamson County Republican Party Chairman Julie Hannah Taleghani said there will be about 2,000 free tickets handed out and that those without tickets will be able to gather in the parking lot.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Franklin woman has been indicted after police say she had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old boy she met through the church where her husband is a youth minister.

Franklin Police Department spokesman Lt. Charles Warner tells local media outlets that 25-year-old Ariel Stevenson surrendered to authorities on Friday. She was indicted earlier this month by a Williamson County grand jury on charges of statutory rape and sexual exploitation of a minor.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge has ruled against a terminally ill John Jay Hooker’s request to die by assisted suicide.

Hooker has terminal cancer and has doctors who have expressed a willingness to prescribe him a lethal dosage of painkillers.

The doctors sought protection from prosecution if the 84-year-old Hooker was administered the drugs.

But Chancellor Carol McCoy ruled against the plaintiffs on Tuesday, saying they "do not have standing to bring this action." She said administering such drugs would be engaging in "criminal conduct."