NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials say they no longer have faith that a brand new education assessment test known as TNReady can be administered online after a series of computer glitches, including one on Monday that forced school officials across the state to halt testing on the first day of its rollout.

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WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of supporters and critics of Franklin County High School's Gay-Straight Alliance attended the county school board's meeting to discuss the organization.

Media outlets report the crowd packed the school's auditorium Monday night. Four people formally spoke concerning the organization, which was granted approval to form by school officials in December.

The establishment of the group, which meets to talk about issues among gay and heterosexual students at the school, has generated debate in the community about its intent and necessity.


GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has completed the installation of scrubbers at its coal-fired power plant in Gallatin to cut certain smog emissions by up to 98 percent.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ) reports that the last of four new coal scrubbers added to the Gallatin Fossil Plant went into operation this week after nearly three years and $730 million of construction work.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Saying they feel “under threat” some faculty, staff, and students at the University of Tennessee Knoxville are pushing back against efforts by Tennessee lawmakers to defund the school’s Office of Equity and Diversity.

About 300 people turned out for a rally on the UT campus Friday to protest what some are calling "outside interference" in university affairs. State lawmakers have proposed four measures this legislative session that would end or curtail state funding for the university’s diversity office.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Officials say less than 0.2 percent of Tennesseans who have applied for welfare since July 2014 have failed a drug test mandated for some.

Citing data provided by the Department of Human Services the Tennessean reports that 65 of 39,121 people applying for Families First cash assistance benefits tested positive for drugs since the law was implemented.