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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A report card that tracks the achievement and growth of Tennessee schools shows the state's graduation rate improved to 88 percent, the third consecutive year it's increased.

The graduation rate is up 1 percent from last year’s 87 percent score.

Looking at Metro Nashville and the six surrounding counties, Metro was the only system to fall below the state average, with a graduation rate of 81.6 percent. Williamson, Wilson and Robertson counties all had graduation rates above 95 percent.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If you’re in need of a lawyer but just can’t afford one here’s a heads up.

Lawyers across Tennessee are providing free legal services to qualified resident during the balance of October.

The Tennessee Bar Association says the initiative is in its seventh year and brings attorneys together with people who can't afford one.

Allan Ramsaur directs the Tennessee Bar Association. He says Tennesseans earning 150 percent of the poverty level qualify for free assistance. He calls the number of hours donated last year to this effort astounding.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Several hundred Christian conservatives held a rally on Legislative Plaza in Nashville Thursday morning.

The rally was sponsored by the Tennessee Pastors Network.

Topics addressed included what the association calls “a lax immigration system, weak terrorism laws, education, healthcare, religious liberty protections and traditional marriage.

A number of Tennessee state lawmakers were on hand for the rally. They told the crowd that a bill entitled the Tennessee Defense of Natural Marriage Act had just been introduced to the legislature.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The husband of Kim Davis — the Kentucky county clerk who went to jail for her refusal to issue marriage licenses — will be part of a Thursday rally at the capitol in Nashville organized by the Tennessee Pastors Network.

Network President Dale Walker of Whitleyville, Tennessee, lists some of the issues to be address as the rally.

“Traditional marriage, family, lax immigration system, weak terrorism laws, education, healthcare and religious liberty protection and religious freedom.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The chairman of the state Senate transportation committee has come out against raising Tennessee's gas tax next year.

Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville heads the transportation panel in the upper chamber. He says there isn't enough time to put together a comprehensive road funding proposal for the upcoming legislative session.

Tennessee hasn’t increased its tax on gasoline since 1989.

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