(AP) A Nashville hotel has canceled a conference by the Sharia Awareness Action Network.
The Hutton Hotel, near downtown, says it was concerned the speakers include "extremists" with a history of contentious events.
The "Preserving Freedom Conference" had been scheduled for Nov. 11. The hotel says it has to be, "mindful of the safety, security and peace of mind of its guests."
The United Methodist Church is sending canvassers door-to-door in Middle Tennessee, looking for flood survivors still in need of assistance 18 months after the spring 2010 disaster.
The 23rd annual Souther Festival of Books opens Friday on Legislative Plaza and continues through Sunday.