MCKENZIE, Tenn. (AP) — Bethel University has filed a lawsuit and obtained a restraining order against state education departments.

The Jackson Sun ( ) reports that Davidson County Chancery Court issued the restraining order Wednesday against the Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee Board of Education and others, including Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Siegel High School’s football team had a surprise supporter cheering them on from the sidelines at last night’s home game in Murfreesboro.

The Tennessean reports former Siegel football player Baylor Bramble and his family showed up for the game against Ravenwood.

Bramble suffered a traumatic brain injury during a Siegel game nearly a year ago. The then 16-year-old left the game complaining of a headache. Later that night he was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Nashville based Corrections Corporation of America lost more than a third of its stock value Thursday following an announcement by the Department of Justice that it will begin phasing out the use of privately held companies to house federal inmates.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates issued a memorandum Thursday outlining DOJ plans to terminate or scale back contracts with for-profit companies now operating 13 federal prisons. CCA currently operates four of those facilities.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  College students from around the nation are converging on the mid-state to begin the new school year.

Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee State, Lipscomb, and Belmont will all begin classes Monday. Vanderbilt students head to class next Friday.

Students returning to Tennessee's public universities can expect to see tuition increases of four percent or less. Officials say this year's cost increases are the lowest in more than a decade.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has settled a free speech lawsuit sparked by a student's T-shirt.

The Tennessean reports ( that the federal lawsuit was filed last November on behalf of a Richland High School senior who was censored by the school system after she wore a shirt to the school supporting equality for lesbian and gay people.

The shirt read: "Some People Are Gay, Get Over It."