Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Opposing approaches could sink a legislative effort to defund the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee.

Some lawmakers have vowed to strip funding from the office for promoting an annual "Sex Week," recommending the use of gender-neutral pronouns on campus and advising against religious-themed parties and decorations. But they are running out of time because the Legislature is set to adjourn this week.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials at a Tennessee university say six nooses arranged in the colors of the rainbow were part of an art display for a sculpture class and were not intended to be a political statement or hate symbol.

Austin Peay State University President Alisa White told students Tuesday that the unnamed student who made them was concerned about the perception of the display and apologetic.

The nooses were hung from a tree near the art building at the Clarksville campus Monday afternoon. Campus police removed them after a complaint.

Tennessee General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The General Assembly has passed legislation that would allow Tennesseans to register to vote online.

The House on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that the Senate had earlier approved. The measure allows Tennesseans to go online to register to vote or update their registration records. Applicants would be directed to apply on paper if their name, date of birth or other identifying information could not be confirmed with the Department of Safety.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The sponsor of bill seeking to designate the Bible as the official book of Tennessee has formally announced his bid to override Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's veto of the measure.

Haslam last week vetoed the bill over constitutional concerns of a government endorsement of religion and because he believes it "trivializes" the Bible. Supporters argue that measure seeks to honor the historic and economic significance of the Bible in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is reporting serious crime was down slightly in 2015 but homicide rates were up.

The TBI compiles data from all state law enforcement agencies plus colleges and universities to create its annual report. The 2015 report was released Monday. It found that serious crimes overall in Tennessee were down by about 2 percent.