Associated Press

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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of Tennessee parents says the public schools are mistreating their disabled children, and they're asking a federal judge to intervene.

The parents say their children are being segregated from able-bodied students, isolated, restrained and even abused.

Federal law requires schools to educate disabled students alongside their non-disabled peers to the extent possible.

But experts say teachers often lack the training and resources to deal with disabled students' behavioral challenges.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it is investigating a church fire in Memphis.

Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke says crews put out a fire at New Salem Fellowship Ministries church at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. Cooke says no one was injured in the fire, which affected the rear of the church.

Cooke says the fire was intentionally set in an exterior stairwell. He says the building had $25,000 worth of damage plus another $5,000 in damage to contents inside.