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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee State University president Sidney McPhee has recommended that the name of a campus building honoring a controversial Confederate general be changed.

In a press statement released Thursday morning, McPhee said he has accepted the recommendation of the 17 member panel he formed last year to consider changing the name of Forrest Hall. The Hall is named for Confederate General, slave holder and founding KKK member Nathan Bedford Forrest.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) --  Shelby County is home to more measles cases than the rest of the U.S. combined after an outbreak that began last week.

The Commercial Appeal reports ( ) six cases so far have been confirmed in the county.

Measles had been considered eradicated in the U.S. 16 years ago, but the anti-vaccination movement of recent years has led to new outbreaks.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A high-ranking Washington State officials says no one from her office will attend a national conference in Tennessee in part because of a bill signed by Gov. Haslam allowing counselors to refuse to treat patients based the therapist's religious or personal beliefs.

Washington’s Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman says she will not go to the National Association of Secretaries of State summer meeting.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state of Tennessee has abruptly terminated a $107.7 million contract with a testing company following repeated failures with the rollout of the new assessment called TNReady.

State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen on Wednesday said she'd had enough of the company's repeated delays of shipping test materials and that a number of students in grades 3 through 8 would not be able to take the assessment this year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Davidson County district attorney's office says jurors from Memphis will be selected for the retrial of a former Vanderbilt football player who will be retried for rape next month.

DA spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said in an email that jurors will be selected in Memphis and brought to Nashville to decide the fate of Brandon Vandenburg. Vandenburg is one of four former players who was charged with the dorm room rape of an unconscious female student.

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican governor says he has signed a bill that allows private mental health counselors to refuse to treat patients based on the therapist's religious or personal beliefs as long as an "appropriate referral" can be made to another counselor.

Supporters say the bill protects the rights of therapists and allows them to refer patients to more appropriate counselors.

Haslam says, "Lawyers can do that. Doctors can do that. Why would we take this one class of professionals and say you can't do that?"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University has named a new support center for military veterans who are students there in honor of country music singer Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel.

MTSU President Sidney McPhee announced the honor during a dinner on campus at which the musician donated $70,000 for the center from the Journey Home Project, the charity he founded with his manager and three other people. That brought the total donated by the project to $120,000 for the center on the Murfreesboro campus.

Tennessee General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state political analyst is bemoaning the time Tennessee lawmakers spent on what he refers to as “God, guns and gays” during the legislative session just concluded.

Kent Syler teaches political science at Middle Tennessee State University. Syler says he considers Gov. Bill Haslam’s education initiatives to be the best legislation to come out of the two sessions of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly. He says Haslam’s TNPromise program providing a free two year college education to high school grads is proving successful.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is appealing a federal ruling that allowed a union vote ultimately won by the United Auto Workers at the German automaker's lone U.S. assembly plant in Chattanooga.

The National Labor Relations Board earlier this month declined to take up Volkswagen's challenge to the vote. The election approved the  unionization of a group of about 160 workers specializing in the repair and maintenance of machinery and robots.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The president of a North Carolina-based testing company says he can't guarantee that all students in Tennessee will receive the state's new assessment in time to take the test.

Measurement Inc. president and CEO Hank Scherich says that his company is working furiously to get the new TNReady materials to students.


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