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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting several community colleges this week to help kickoff his Tennessee Promise program.

The scholarship provides high school graduates with two years of tuition-free attendance at a state community or technical college, which begin classes on Monday.

The Republican governor is scheduled to visit Cleveland State Community College and Nashville State Community College on Monday, and Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis on Tuesday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrats in the Tennessee General Assembly are urging the reconsideration of a new state law that allows people with handgun carry permits to be armed in all state parks, even if those facilities are rented out by private operators.

At a roundtable hosted by Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis and Nashville state Rep. John Ray Clemmons on Thursday, several speakers voiced concerns about the law that stripped local governments of the power to ban all firearms in parks.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will attend an upcoming ceremony in remembrance of four Marines and a sailor who were killed in attacks at two military facilities in Chattanooga.

Officials said in a statement that Biden will join Defense Secretary Ash Carter, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke at the memorial service on Aug. 15. The ceremony at McKenzie Arena to honor the five service members will begin at 2 p.m.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An ex-convict charged with fatally shooting a Memphis police officer during a struggle is scheduled to appear in Shelby County General Sessions Court on Wednesday.

Twenty-nine-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn is being held on $10 million bond on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Officer Sean Bolton on Aug. 1. It's not clear if Wilbourn has an attorney.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A truck driver faces new charges in Kentucky after being indicted on six counts of vehicular homicide in connection with a crash that killed six people near Chattanooga.

Media outlets report 39-year-old Benjamin Brewer of London, Kentucky pleaded not guilty Monday to criminal mischief and trafficking of a controlled substance. Police say Brewer was caught with narcotics and kicked a police cruiser during his arrest on Friday in Lexington, Kentucky.