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."

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart is retiring effective June 30.

The school announced the decision Thursday.

Hart said in a statement he decided this would be a good time to step down "as I thought about finishing this job well and how extremely proud I am of what everyone in our department has contributed collectively to get us to where we are today."

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge says the trial in the Holly Bobo case will likely be moved from the rural county where she lived.

According to The Jackson Sun ( ), Judge Creed McGinley said Wednesday that there has been a "significant amount of emotion in Decatur County" about the Holly Bobo case and he anticipates it will be impossible to select a jury in the county. He said "parties can safely say at this point that a change of venue will occur."