Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Dolly Parton will receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming 50th annual Country Music Association Awards.

Parton will receive the award in Nashville on Nov. 2, the CMA said Tuesday. The show will air on ABC. Parton, who wrote "I Will Always Love You" and "9 to 5," is a nine-time CMA winner, including entertainer of the year.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two men who helped integrate college basketball came back to Vanderbilt University this week to talk about race.

Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard shared provocative views on the pace of change, took up matters they rarely dared to address as students, and described racism they encountered on their journey — indignities they once endured in silence.

They returned as part of a candid conversation unfolding this year on the Southern campus, the latest milestone in Vanderbilt's long, sometimes painful journey to become more diverse.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Major milestones in the civil rights movements for minorities and women are among a slew of Tennessee historical events, names and places that would no longer be required learning under a proposed overhaul of the social studies curriculum.

Other items dropped from the draft changes to the lesson plans would include the Cherokee origins of the state's name, why Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State, details of a labor insurrection among coal miners in the 1890s and several major Civil War battles fought around the state.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The 47th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards are coming up soon. This year's theme is "Love Amplified." The top nominee is Jason Ingram with 7. Artist Lauren Daigle, David Garcia, Paul Mabury, and Wayne Haun have six nominations each.

PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. (AP) — A Cheatham County middle-school counselor is being called a hero after talking a teenager into handing over a loaded handgun.

The 14-year-old boy reportedly asked to speak with counselor Molly Hudgens, saying she was the only one who could talk him out of it his plan to kill teachers. Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove says that’s exactly what she did.

The boy handed over the gun after talking for 45 minutes and has now been jailed on charges of possessing a gun and making threats.