NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A national report shows that Tennessee has seen little to no change in fourth- and eighth-grade math and reading scores over the last two years.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the nation's report card, is given to a sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students every two years in all 50 states.

Gov. Bill Haslam says the news is still positive, because many states saw their scores decline while Tennessee remained roughly the same.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Schools in Cumberland County, Kentucky, have been canceled as police continue a massive manhunt for a man authorities say shot a Tennessee deputy.

Police raided a home in Burkesville, Kentucky, overnight looking Floyd Ray Cook, but the shooting suspect wasn’t there.

Putnam County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Beth Nelson says a deputy pulled Cook over near Allgood, Tennessee, on Saturday. When he asked Cook to show his hands, the suspect shot him. Nelson says the deputy was wearing a bulletproof vest, which saved his life.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  -- A speaker at this week’s Holocaust Conference in Murfreesboro is calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s suggestion that a Palestinian convinced Hitler to exterminate Europe’s Jews, “nonsense.”

World War II scholar Gerhard Weinberg was a guest lecturer at Middle Tennessee State’s 12th biennial Holocaust Studies Conference. He told MTSU’s Gina Logue the holocaust was already well underway when the Palestinian leader in question visited Hitler.

Metro Schools

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.


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.