NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An association representing state employees in Tennessee wants the state to stop using private prisons.

The Tennessean ( ) reports that Tennessee State Employee Association President Bryan Merritt is calling on the Tennessee Department of Correction to end the use of private prisons because he says state employees already do a great job managing prisons. He says private prisons provide an inferior product, lower levels of safety and security and debatable savings.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Travelers going between Nashville and Memphis will have the opportunity to fly commercial for the first time in three years beginning next month.

Southern Airways says in a news release it will fly between the two cities every day except Saturday beginning Sept. 26. Southern also will offer continuing service to Jackson, Mississippi, with a total flight time of less than three hours.

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a Republican state lawmaker charged with stealing an opponent's yard signs before this month's primary election.

The Commercial Appeal reports ( ) that state Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville has been scheduled to stand trial on Oct. 11 on the misdemeanor charge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study ranks 800 of the nation’s two year public colleges and Tennessee’s schools did not fare especially well.

WMOT reporting partner says Tennessee ranked 30 among the 50 states. The highest ranking individual school was East Tennessee's Roane State at position 110.  Columbia State, located here in Middle Tennessee, ranked 124.

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prosecutor says a Tennessee man accused of fatally shooting his 11-year-old daughter has failed a drug test after bonding out of jail.

Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley tells news outlets that he was notified of Timothy Batt's failed drug screen Friday and has filed a motion to revoke Batts' bond.

Batts posted bond just days after being arrested on reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, false reporting and other charges in Timea Lashay Batts' death.