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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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study suggests Tennessee has some of the weakest anti-bullying laws in the nation, but the same study also notes the state has some of the lowest rates of bullying incidents.

With the country’s children starting a new school year, WMOT reporting partner decided to determine which states have the worst bullying problem. They compared the states using 17 metrics, including bullying incident rates, truancy costs, and the percentage of students bullied online.

Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says Tennessee ranked 12th overall.

Vanderbilt pays $1.2M to remove 'Confederate' from dorm name

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University is paying more than a million dollars to remove an inscription containing the word "Confederate" from one of its campus dorms.

The private university has referred to the Confederate Memorial Hall simply as "Memorial Hall" since 2002, but was blocked in court from changing the name on the building because it was constructed with the help of a $50,000 gift from the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1933.

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.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A group associated with the Black Lives Matter movement plans to protest the annual candlelight vigil at Graceland to mark the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.