MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Members of a panel appointed to offer a recommendation about a Middle Tennessee State University building named after Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest will hold the first of two open forums on the topic today.

MTSU President Sidney McPhee announced in June he would engage the university community about the building's name. That followed a mass shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina that sparked debate about Confederate symbols.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Thousands of Tennesseans will have to find new doctors or pay higher fees following a decision by the Vanderbilt Medical system to opt out of a BlueCross BlueShield healthcare plan.

WSMV says Vanderbilt University Medical Center and affiliated practitioners are leaving the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medicare Advantage program.

BlueCross says about 20,000 policy holders, mostly senior citizens, will be affected. A spokesperson for BlueCross tells the station Vanderbilt has simply gotten too expensive.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Attorney General Herbert Slatery says in a legal opinion that federal law prevents Tennessee from refusing entry to Syrian refugees.

In the opinion released Monday, Slatery notes that through the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, federal law pre-empts any rules the state may put into place regarding refugees.

But Slatery also says the state has every right to communicate to the federal government its preferences and concerns about the refugee resettlement program.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A two day unionization vote begins Thursday at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

Last year an election pushed by the United Auto Workers Union to gain bargaining rights for the plant’s entire workforce was narrowly defeated. This time around the union is trying to unionize just 165 skilled trades workers, not the entire 1250 blue-collar workforce.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio now has a full slate of Tennessee delegates lined up for next year’s Republican National Convention.

Former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp is Rubio’s state chairman. Wamp presided over a press conference in Nashville Monday to announce that the campaign has assembled a full slate of 82 delegates to represent Rubio at the convention.