Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to provide state vouchers for parents to send their children to private schools in Tennessee has cleared a House committee where the measure has failed in recent years.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville cleared the House Finance Subcommittee on a voice vote on Wednesday.

Opponents of the measure complained that the vote was being held while Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville, a longtime opponent of the measure, was absent to have surgery.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill seeking to block the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling in Tennessee has been defeated in a subcommittee of the state House over concerns about nullifying federal rulings.

The five-member panel defeated the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Mark Pody on a voice vote on Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Mike Carter of Chattanooga said that while he disagrees with the high court's ruling, he considered the bill to turn back the ruling a step too far. In Carter's words: "I equate nullification with anarchy."

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a Sequatchie County man accused of planning an assault on a small Muslim community in New York has to report for mental health testing.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports ( that during a motion hearing Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Lee agreed with government prosecutors that 64-year-old Robert Doggart needs to undergo a 45-day forensic evaluation for competency and insanity.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pearl Jam, Dead & Company and LCD Soundsystem will headline the 2016 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June in Manchester, Tennessee.

The four-day festival revealed its musical lineup for its 15th year on TBS' "Conan" on Tuesday night, which also includes J. Cole, Ellie Goulding, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Miguel and Chris Stapleton.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Regents is meeting by telephone on Thursday to appoint an acting chancellor for the State University and Community College System.

The current chancellor, John Morgan, announced earlier this month he will retire Jan. 31 instead of his original plan to leave when he turns 65 next year. He cited Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to refocus the Board of Regents on the state's community and technical colleges and grant more autonomy to the six four-year universities in the system.