Associated Press

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says proceeds from a potential fuel tax hike to increase Tennessee's transportation funding should not be limited to road projects.

The Republican governor told The Associated Press in a recent interview that public transit needs to be part of the equation, especially amid the increasing gridlock in Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee counties.

The governor acknowledged that big transit projects are made more difficult because "federal money has dried up," and the state doesn't have as many resources to address the issue.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Middle Tennessee on Wednesday.

According to The Tennessee, a White House official says the president plans to discuss how the nation can continue to build on progress made under the Affordable Care Act, which has helped more than 16 million Americans gain health insurance.

It's unclear whether Obama will speak in Nashville or somewhere else nearby in Middle Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Haslam says he supports removing the bust of Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state Capitol.

The Republican governor told reporters on Tuesday that if he's picking which Tennesseans to honor, "that would not be one of the Tennesseans I would honor."

Haslam says he also supports removing the Confederate flag from license plates and specialty plates in Tennessee.

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) — Two so-called "street preachers" have been arrested for disorderly conduct during Springfield's annual Taste of Country event.

Police in Springfield tell The Tennessean ( ) 49-year-old John L. Davis, of Albemarle, North Carolina, and 54-year-old John E. McGlone, of Breeding, Kentucky, were arrested Saturday after becoming aggressive. Police say the two men yelled at bystanders and called them names as they tried to promote religious messages.

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is striking a defiant tone toward critics of raising Tennessee's gas tax for the first time in 25 years.

Haslam is gearing up for a statewide tour to discuss the state's transportation needs, but a group that helped sink the Republican governor's Medicaid expansion proposal during the legislative session has announced a rival tour to oppose it.

Asked about his feelings about efforts to torpedo the gas tax increase before it can get out of the gate, Haslam told The Associated Press his opponents can "have at it."