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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating threats made against a state lawmaker after he announced plans to give away an AR-15 rifle.

The weapons are similar to the one used to murder 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday.

Republican state Rep. Andy Holt says his office was contacted repeatedly by an anonymous caller with a Memphis phone ID. The caller said he was armed and threatened to pay Holt’s office a visit.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold says he won't leave office despite facing federal corruption charges.

The Daily News Journal reports Arnold sent a text message Saturday to one of the newspaper's reporters that said he had no intention of resigning.

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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — The man Time magazine called “the reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.” says the 2016 presidential election may decide the fate of American democracy.

Dr. Albert Mohler is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In a recent edition of his daily podcast, Mohler also says that populist uprisings in both the Republican and Democratic parties are making this election cycle challenging for evangelical Christians.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A Tennessee man is facing still more charges in connection with a plot to attack a Muslim community in New York, and an Islamic advocacy group is asking why he isn’t in jail.

Sixty-four-year-old Robert Doggart pleaded not guilty in July to one charge of solicitation to commit a civil rights violation.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that a grand jury also indicted Doggart on one count of solicitation to commit arson of a building and two counts of threat in interstate commerce charges.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee's public colleges and universities to be armed on campus has become law without Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's signature.

Haslam said he disagrees with the bill for not allowing campus leaders to make their own decision about allowing guns. But the governor acknowledged that the final version of the measure had addressed some concerns raised by college administrators.

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