Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican leaders in the state Legislature are expressing alarm at the number of Tennessee historical events that would be removed from teaching requirements under a proposed overhaul of social studies standards.

In the letter sent Wednesday, the lawmakers argue that it is vital for students to develop and understand how Tennessee has played a key role in national events, including the westward migration, the Civil War, World War II and the civil rights movement. In the words of the authors: "Tennessee history is not trivia."

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dozens of University of Tennessee students are demanding change from an administration they said hasn't done enough to help marginalized students.

UT Diversity Matters spokeswoman Colleen Ryan tells The Knoxville News Sentinel that over 100 students marched Tuesday to get the attention of school officials who she says haven't done enough over the past year to confront issues on campus including the vandalism of flags at the UT Pride Center, among other incidents.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis City Council has narrowly approved an ordinance that would allow police to reduce the penalty for people who possess a small amount of marijuana.

The council voted 7-6 Tuesday after lengthy discussion from people on both sides of the issue.

The measure says a police officer who comes across someone in possession of a half-ounce or less of marijuana has the option of issuing a civil citation for a $50 fine or community service, rather than arresting the individual.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Dolly Parton will receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming 50th annual Country Music Association Awards.

Parton will receive the award in Nashville on Nov. 2, the CMA said Tuesday. The show will air on ABC. Parton, who wrote "I Will Always Love You" and "9 to 5," is a nine-time CMA winner, including entertainer of the year.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two men who helped integrate college basketball came back to Vanderbilt University this week to talk about race.

Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard shared provocative views on the pace of change, took up matters they rarely dared to address as students, and described racism they encountered on their journey — indignities they once endured in silence.

They returned as part of a candid conversation unfolding this year on the Southern campus, the latest milestone in Vanderbilt's long, sometimes painful journey to become more diverse.