Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Court of Appeals has ruled that a Memphis chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans can sue over the renaming of three Confederacy-themed parks.

The appeals court ruled Friday that the Sons of Confederate Veterans Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp No. 215 has standing in its lawsuit against the City of Memphis.

The suit was filed by several plaintiffs, including Forrest's relatives, after the City Council passed a resolution on Feb. 5, 2013, to change the names of Forrest Park, Jefferson Davis Park and Confederate Park.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mother-daughter country duo The Judds are reuniting after nearly five years to perform a series of shows in Las Vegas.

AEG Live and The Venetian casino announced on Monday that Naomi Judd and her daughter Wynonna will perform nine shows Oct. 7 through Oct. 24 at The Venetian Theatre.

The Kentucky-born singers released their last album, "Love Can Build a Bridge," 25 years ago and Naomi retired in the early 1990s due to hepatitis, but Wynonna continued on as a solo artist.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Middle Tennessee couple who fostered a girl for 8 ½ years until her biological father was released from prison and won custody of her say they are giving up their fight to have her returned to them.

WSMV-TV reports Dave and Kim Hodgin released a statement Monday announcing "with broken hearts" they are ending their legal battle.

The child was 9 years old when she was returned to John McCaul in Omaha, Nebraska, in January 2014. The Hodgin family of Dickson said earlier this year they have had no contact with her since.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee cornerback Michael Williams is scheduled to go on trial Monday to face aggravated rape charges.

Williams and former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson each face two charges of aggravated rape in which the other is said to have aided and abetted. According to Knoxville police, the woman said the incident occurred at an apartment in the early-morning hours of Nov. 16.

Johnson was granted a motion for a separate trial, which is set for Sept. 29.

Diocese of Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against six Catholic groups in Tennessee and Michigan that claim the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act violates their religious beliefs.

On Friday, the Cincinnati based federal court reaffirmed its prior judgment that the mandate does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.