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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the departure of Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield to take a job with a publicly-traded corporation that builds and runs prisons.

Haslam praised and thanked Schofield, who has led the department since 2011 and has been criticized frequently for his handling of staffing and safety issues. The 55-year-old Schofield will join GEO Group in Florida as an executive vice president for continuum of care.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tennessee and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Maine, Louisiana, Utah, Arizona and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

publichealth.jmir.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report says the highest rate of HIV infection among homosexual men is highest in the American South, but Tennessee seems to be bucking that trend.

Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta recently compiled a study detailing rates of HIV infection down to the county level across the country. Study coauthor Dr. Jeremy Grey says Tennessee’s largest cities are doing relatively well.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Legislature’s Republican super majority will consider calling a special session to express opposition to a new federal directive to schools concerning transgender bathrooms.

In a letter sent to schools this week, the Obama Administration directed school administrators to allow students to use the bathroom associated with their gender identity.

The Tennessean reports Republican lawmakers have forwarded a letter to Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery asking him to file a lawsuit against the federal government over the issue.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The head of Vanderbilt University’s counseling degree program says the school will continue to train therapists using current professional standards in spite of a new state law that voids some of those standards in Tennessee.

In its most recent session, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law (HB1840/SB1556) that shields therapists from discipline by the American Counseling Association if they turn a patient away due to the counselor’s strongly held personal beliefs.

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