Associated Press

PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. (AP) — A Cheatham County middle-school counselor is being called a hero after talking a teenager into handing over a loaded handgun.

The 14-year-old boy reportedly asked to speak with counselor Molly Hudgens, saying she was the only one who could talk him out of it his plan to kill teachers. Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove says that’s exactly what she did.

The boy handed over the gun after talking for 45 minutes and has now been jailed on charges of possessing a gun and making threats.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of Tennessee parents says the public schools are mistreating their disabled children, and they're asking a federal judge to intervene.

The parents say their children are being segregated from able-bodied students, isolated, restrained and even abused.

Federal law requires schools to educate disabled students alongside their non-disabled peers to the extent possible.

But experts say teachers often lack the training and resources to deal with disabled students' behavioral challenges.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it is investigating a church fire in Memphis.

Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke says crews put out a fire at New Salem Fellowship Ministries church at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. Cooke says no one was injured in the fire, which affected the rear of the church.

Cooke says the fire was intentionally set in an exterior stairwell. He says the building had $25,000 worth of damage plus another $5,000 in damage to contents inside.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prominent school voucher advocate in Tennessee paid for a private plane to take public officials including potential Republican and Democratic candidates for governor to North Carolina on a private school tour.

The Tennessean reports ( ) the trip organized by Lee Barfield included Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat. Both are considering bids to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell says a complaint filed against the House clerk is being brought by a lame-duck lawmaker who is angry about the expulsion of fellow Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham over a series of sexual harassment allegations.

Rep. Billy Spivey of Lewisburg, who abruptly decided against seeking re-election this spring, is calling for an investigation into Clerk Joe McCord for allegedly calling a staffer obscene names and making a lewd gesture toward her 2-year-old granddaughter while she was visiting the speaker's office.