Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Rick Womick, who once accused Gov. Bill Haslam of "treason" to the GOP, is announcing plans to retire this year.

The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro reports that Womick said he wants to spend more time with his family.

Womick in 2014 mounted a challenge for the Republican nomination for House speaker, but lost that election on a 57-15 vote to incumbent Beth Harwell.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The chairwoman of the Tennessee Democratic Party is calling on House Republican leaders to resign over their handling of Rep. Jeremy Durham and sexual harassment at the Tennessee General Assembly.

Mary Mancini at a press conference Monday said House Speaker Beth Harwell, Majority Leader Gerald McCormick and Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada should step aside for what she called the "toxic" atmosphere for women at the legislative office complex.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)  --  In Nashville, about 4 ½ inches of snow has fallen with another 1 to 2 inches expected. Further north around White House as much as 7 inches have fallen.

National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Krissy Hurley says light flurries are expected in Middle Tennessee throughout Friday evening.

In East Tennessee, the weather service is predicting up to 6 inches of snow in the central valley with as much as 10 inches in the far northeast corner of the state. Up to 15 inches are possible at the highest peaks.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee Democrats want to pass a law to require the state to enforce the U.S. Constitution's "natural born citizen" requirement on this November's presidential ballot.

State Sen. Jeff Yarbro and Rep. Jason Powell, both of Nashville, filed the bill on Thursday that would bar the secretary of state from placing the nominee of either party on the ballot if they fail to meet the constitutional eligibility requirements.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has released his administration's 42-bill agenda for this year's legislative session.

The Republican governor's legislative agenda is highlighted by proposals to restructure higher education governance; increase sentencing requirements for serious crimes; add reporting requirements for the disposal of human fetal tissue and create eight-year handgun carry permits.

Among the higher education changes proposed by the governor, six public universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents system would be given their own boards.