Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has settled a free speech lawsuit sparked by a student's T-shirt.

The Tennessean reports ( that the federal lawsuit was filed last November on behalf of a Richland High School senior who was censored by the school system after she wore a shirt to the school supporting equality for lesbian and gay people.

The shirt read: "Some People Are Gay, Get Over It."

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart is retiring effective June 30.

The school announced the decision Thursday.

Hart said in a statement he decided this would be a good time to step down "as I thought about finishing this job well and how extremely proud I am of what everyone in our department has contributed collectively to get us to where we are today."

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge says the trial in the Holly Bobo case will likely be moved from the rural county where she lived.

According to The Jackson Sun ( ), Judge Creed McGinley said Wednesday that there has been a "significant amount of emotion in Decatur County" about the Holly Bobo case and he anticipates it will be impossible to select a jury in the county. He said "parties can safely say at this point that a change of venue will occur."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a trespassing charge brought against a Nashville Scene reporter by Rep. Jeremy Durham.

The Franklin Republican was the subject of a state attorney general's investigation that detailed allegations of sexual interactions with 22 women at the Legislature. Durham denied most of the allegations, but suspended his re-election campaign and was soundly defeated in the Republican primary this month.

Reporter Cari Wade Gervin had gone to Durham's house in May to ask him questions about his campaign spending.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Metro Nashville police officer has been decommissioned after being accused of slapping a woman during an arrest.

News outlets report police say Officer Elizabeth Berry-Loucks is charged with misdemeanor assault in Tuesday's early morning incident.

Officials say Berry-Loucks was conducting a search of a woman under arrest for drug and gun charges when Berry-Loucks was stuck by an uncapped syringe hidden in the suspect's bra. Police say that's when Berry-Loucks slapped the woman in the face.