Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State education officials are asking educators and parents not to be discouraged if students' test scores are lower this year.

That's because officials are increasing the threshold for test scores as part of the state's move to create tougher grading standards.

The Tennessean reports ( that test program TNReady will release scores for high school students within the next few weeks. This year, the scores are set up to align closer to the standards seen on the ACT test.

Panik gets hat trick to lead Blackhawks past Predators, 5-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Richard Panik scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, Scott Darling was sharp in making 33 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks earned their first victory of the season, 5-3 over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature.

It was a stunning announcement that for the first time bestowed the prestigious award on a musician for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

Reporters and others gathered at the Swedish Academy's headquarters in Stockholm's Old Town reacted with a loud cheer as his name was read out.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named the new boards for Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech.

That ompletes his appointments to six four-year colleges that the Republican has spun out of the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The governor's appointees at MTSU are Andrew Adams, J.B. Baker, Pete Delay, Darrell Freeman Sr., Joey Jacobs, Chris Karbowiak, Stephen Smith, and Pamela Wright.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge says a man who has long been on Tennessee's death row will get a new hearing. The Tennessean reports ( 65-year-old Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman has been on death row since 1987, when he was convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Patrick Daniels. Abdur'Rahman has argued that prosecutors discriminated against African-Americans during jury selection.