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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee's law school dean says a professor will not face disciplinary action for a Twitter post that called on drivers to run over demonstrators blocking traffic in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In a post on the law school's website, Dean Melanie D. Wilson said the tweet "was an exercise" of the professor's First Amendment rights, according to media reports. Wilson added the tweet "offended many members of our community and beyond, and I understand the hurt and frustration they feel."


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Metro Nashville Police have identified the 30-year-old California man who was shot and killed in an apparent robbery attempt while walking with a friend in downtown Nashville.

Police Capt. Gregory Blair tells local news outlets that Teddy Grasset died after being shot early Monday.

Grasset and his friend, 28-year-old Larry Niehues, were walking near the Country Music Hall of Fame when police say a Chevrolet Impala pulled up behind them. Grasset and Niehues ran in opposite directions and a gunman from the car opened fire.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act marketplace in the Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville regions. In a news release, the company says the change will affect an estimated 100,000 Tennesseans.

The decision comes a month after Tennessee officials approved an average rate increase of 62 percent for the insurer.

The company says it has lost close to $500 million on Affordable Care Act plans over three years.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former state Rep. Jeremy Durham, who earlier this month became the first lawmaker expelled from the Tennessee General Assembly in 36 years, was escorted from a University of Tennessee football game on Saturday after getting into an altercation with a Florida fan.

The Tennessean reports ( ) that Durham was sitting next to Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown at the game. Kelsey said he didn't see the incident but confirmed Durham was asked to leave in the third quarter.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The State of Tennessee will pay $100,000 in damages to a Highway Patrol trooper fired because of his Muslim faith.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell issued the order this week.

Last year, Campbell ruled the state Department of Safety discriminated against De'Ossie Dingus because of his religion. Dingus was fired in 2010 after being dubbed a budding terrorist without any proof.