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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee State University president Sidney McPhee has recommended that the name of a campus building honoring a controversial Confederate general be changed.

In a press statement released Thursday morning, McPhee said he has accepted the recommendation of the 17 member panel he formed last year to consider changing the name of Forrest Hall. The Hall is named for Confederate General, slave holder and founding KKK member Nathan Bedford Forrest.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state of Tennessee has abruptly terminated a $107.7 million contract with a testing company following repeated failures with the rollout of the new assessment called TNReady.

State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen on Wednesday said she'd had enough of the company's repeated delays of shipping test materials and that a number of students in grades 3 through 8 would not be able to take the assessment this year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Davidson County district attorney's office says jurors from Memphis will be selected for the retrial of a former Vanderbilt football player who will be retried for rape next month.

DA spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said in an email that jurors will be selected in Memphis and brought to Nashville to decide the fate of Brandon Vandenburg. Vandenburg is one of four former players who was charged with the dorm room rape of an unconscious female student.

charliedaniels.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University has named a new support center for military veterans who are students there in honor of country music singer Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel.

MTSU President Sidney McPhee announced the honor during a dinner on campus at which the musician donated $70,000 for the center from the Journey Home Project, the charity he founded with his manager and three other people. That brought the total donated by the project to $120,000 for the center on the Murfreesboro campus.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The president of a North Carolina-based testing company says he can't guarantee that all students in Tennessee will receive the state's new assessment in time to take the test.

Measurement Inc. president and CEO Hank Scherich says that his company is working furiously to get the new TNReady materials to students.

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