Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is calling on state lawmakers to decide on Tennessee's priorities on future road projects before resolving the politically tricky issue of finding a way to pay for them.

The governor said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Monday evening that he's calling for the state House and Senate transportation committees to determine which projects the state needs to complete — and how soon.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the city of Franklin's efforts to countersue an environmental group that is suing the wealthy municipality over pollution from its wastewater treatment plant.

Franklin claimed in court papers that a lawsuit by the Harpeth River Watershed Association was a form of extortion. U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp on Wednesday dismissed the counterclaim and encouraged the parties to have some, his words, "adult conversation" to resolve their differences.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials are asking Tennessee consumers to be wary of fraudulent ticket purchasing during the upcoming holiday season.

With numerous big games, concerts and other events coming up, they say consumers will be looking for discount tickets, and many will turn to ticket brokers and the ticket resale market.

But the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs says there's a risk of being scammed when purchasing tickets from secondary markets, and the agency is offering tips to avoid that.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Metro councilman is in the hospital after authorities say he was shot multiple times in west Nashville.

Media outlets report the incident happened at a Marathon gas station on Wednesday night. Police say Loniel Greene Jr. was shot three times.

According to a police statement, surveillance video shows Greene pulled up to the gas station, left his car and followed two young men who had just left the lot and were walking down Burgess Avenue toward Oceola Avenue. Police said that it appears the shooting occurred on Oceola Avenue.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is objecting to a request from a small group of maintenance workers at its lone U.S. assembly plant to hold a vote on whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. The company is instead calling for a full vote by all maintenance and production employees at the plant.

The German automaker said in a statement Monday that the effort to secure collective bargaining rights for 165 maintenance workers at the Chattanooga factory isn't consistent with Volkswagen's "one team" approach to operating the facility.