Associated Press

CAMDEN, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is renewing his call for state Rep. Jeremy Durham to resign, but says he won't speed up the process for convening a special legislative session to oust him.

Haslam told reporters after a grant announcement in Camden on Tuesday that he will leave it to lawmakers to decide on calling the special session.

It takes two-thirds of lawmakers in both chambers to call a special session. Haslam noted that two-thirds is also the threshold for ousting a member.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 124,000 Tennesseans already have taken advantage of early voting or absentee voting for the Aug. 4 state primary and county general election.

According to the a news release from the Secretary of State's Office, voters can find their early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots, see their elected officials and find election results with the GoVoteTN app, available for free from the App Store or Google Play. Voter information is also available at

Marisa Richmond

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first transgender person to be named to a Tennessee government board or commission has been named the official podium timekeeper at the Democratic National Convention.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry appointed Marisa Richmond to the Metro Human Relations Commission in May. Richmond is a Nashville resident, a professor in the history department at Middle Tennessee State University and former president of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore may not be attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week, but he is for the first time endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.

Gore in a statement Monday cited what he called Clinton's qualifications and experience to meet challenges facing the nation and the world, "including, especially, the global climate crisis."

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Health officials in Tennessee say patients treated at a Memphis dental clinic should get tested for hepatitis B and C, and HIV after "breaches in infection control" may have put patients at risk for the diseases.

In a news release, the Shelby County Health Department strongly recommended the testing for patients of SPT Dental Clinic. Health officials say no specific infections have been linked to the clinic.

Health officials closed the clinic July 1. They say a patient's complaint to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry sparked an investigation.