Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says a long-term revenue plan is needed to address Tennessee's growing list of unfunded road projects.

The Republican governor spoke to a conference of the Transportation Coalition of Tennessee in Murfreesboro on Tuesday.

He urged the members, many of whom were local government officials, to explain to people in their communities that something needs to be done to tackle the state's $6 billion backlog.

The governor has suggested a gas tax increase, which has been met with resistance from members of his own party.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is investigating after receiving a photo of what appears to be a mountain lion in Obion County near the Kentucky border.

A statement from the agency says the photo was taken Sept. 20 by a trail camera on private land. Wildlife experts are investigating, but said no further evidence has been found. Biologists say the animal is likely a young male that has left its home range in the West in search of new territory.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposed resolution asking God to have mercy on a Tennessee county for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples apparently didn't have a prayer of being considered Tuesday.

A committee in Blount County declined to discuss the measure and instead voted 10-5 against approving an agenda containing the measure. The committee abruptly adjourned, and the members who voted against the inclusion of the proposal left without speaking to the news media.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There's less than a month left for high school seniors to apply for Tennessee promise, the governor's free tuition program.

Gov. Bill Haslam's office said in a news release Monday that more than 15,000 students from the class of 2015 are using Tennessee Promise benefits this fall, the first year of study. The release said the number of students enrolling full time in community college immediately after high school grew by 14 percent over last fall.

The deadline for the class of 2016 is Nov. 2.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has issued a restraining order preventing two Rutherford County men from being arrested because they cannot pay court fines.

The Tennessean reports ( the men are two of seven plaintiffs accusing Providence Community Corrections of extorting money from probationers by threatening to send them to jail.