Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A religious organization has requested records pertaining to Islam curriculum from all Tennessee school districts.

Spokeswoman CeCe Heil from the American Center for Law & Justice tells The Tennessean that the Christian-based nonprofit made the open records request after concerned parents contacted them. The group advocates and litigates freedom of religion and free speech issues.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The rape trial of former Tennessee cornerback Michael Williams has been rescheduled to Oct. 26.

Williams' trial was slated to begin Sept. 29, but Knox County Criminal Court Judge Bob McGee granted the defense's motion for a continuance.

Williams and former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson each face two counts of aggravated rape. Knoxville police say the incident occurred during a party at an apartment in the early morning of Nov. 16.

Johnson's trial is scheduled for June 27.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The administration of Gov. Bill Haslam is paying three consultants a total of about $47,000 to help develop a potential plan for outsourcing of a wide range of government facilities.

The Knoxville News Sentinel, ( cited state figures in reporting that the amount is more than the administration paid to four state employees working on the same project. The state employees are paid a combined total of nearly $40,000 per month.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Brent Stockstill threw a career-high five touchdown passes, Jordan Parker ran for three scores and Middle Tennessee raced to an early lead in a 73-14 win over Charlotte Saturday night.

Stockstill hit on 23 of 27 attempts for 369 yards. Parker ran for 142, including a 62-yarder early in a first quarter in which Middle Tennessee (2-1, 1-0 Conference USA) scored 42 points. Desmond Anderson also went over the century mark, rushing for 102 yards and a score.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Inspectors have completed their visits to several Tennessee prisons after conducting a review requested by state officials.

The Tennessean reports ( ) inspectors from the American Correctional Association finished their visits Wednesday.

The national organization, which provides accreditation to state prison systems, visited five facilities at the request of the state's Department of Correction.