Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Williamson County lawmaker accused of sexually harassing at least 22 women says nearly all of the allegations in an attorney general's office report are either false or taken out of context.

Republican state Rep. Jeremy Durham told reporters Thursday that he has never attempted sexual contact with any of the women in the report. Durham also said he was suspending his re-election campaign to focus on his family. But he stopped short of resigning or saying he would refuse to serve if elected.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The man who has led Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 higher education initiative will now head the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Mike Krause will replace Russ Deaton, who has been interim executive director since the retirement of Richard Rhoda in 2014. Deaton will become deputy executive director.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — City officials have planned a full day of memorial events to mark the first anniversary of the terrorist attack in Chattanooga that claimed the lives of five U.S. service members.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville chancellor won't block the release of an investigative report on allegations of sexual harassment by state Rep. Jeremy Durham.

Chancellor Russell Perkins said in a Tuesday ruling that Durham raised some legitimate questions about the way the investigation was conducted. But Perkins said those concerns are insufficient to support a ruling blocking the report's release or the further work of an ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials in two mid-state counties are reporting significant damage following yesterday’s flash flooding, as today’s forecast threatens more severe weather.

Officials say about 20 homes were destroyed in Stewart County, along with a church and day care. Sumner County reports 30 homes damaged and four bridges with major damage.

Tennessee emergency officials say straight-line winds also downed trees and caused sporadic power outages in Nashville and a wide swath of northern and Middle Tennessee into parts of southwestern Kentucky.