Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a trespassing charge brought against a Nashville Scene reporter by Rep. Jeremy Durham.

The Franklin Republican was the subject of a state attorney general's investigation that detailed allegations of sexual interactions with 22 women at the Legislature. Durham denied most of the allegations, but suspended his re-election campaign and was soundly defeated in the Republican primary this month.

Reporter Cari Wade Gervin had gone to Durham's house in May to ask him questions about his campaign spending.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Metro Nashville police officer has been decommissioned after being accused of slapping a woman during an arrest.

News outlets report police say Officer Elizabeth Berry-Loucks is charged with misdemeanor assault in Tuesday's early morning incident.

Officials say Berry-Loucks was conducting a search of a woman under arrest for drug and gun charges when Berry-Loucks was stuck by an uncapped syringe hidden in the suspect's bra. Police say that's when Berry-Loucks slapped the woman in the face.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Campaign finance documents indicate a more than $190,000 discrepancy between state Rep. Jeremy Durham's bank records and his re-election account.

The Tennessean reports ( ) that bank records show that that the Franklin Republican's campaign account had a balance of less than $7,000 even as his financial disclosure with the state said he had almost $200,000 on hand.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An engineer accused of helping a Chinese energy company build nuclear reactors with U.S. technology is accusing the FBI of conning him into talking without a lawyer.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports ( ) that Szuhsiung "Allen" Ho is the owner and president of Delaware-based Energy Technology International, which had the state-controlled China General Nuclear Power Company as a client.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff's Facebook post celebrating Easter has made an atheist group $15,000 richer.

News organizations report that Bradley County reached a settlement with American Atheists over Sheriff Eric Watson's post on the department's Facebook page over Easter.

The atheist group and an unidentified resident said Watson violated their First Amendment rights by posting, in reference to Jesus, the message "He is risen" and deleting detractors' comments.