MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Voters in six Memphis suburbs have approved the creation of municipal public school systems to sidestep the merger of city and county schools.
Referendums in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington passed Thursday. Next month, a judge will have the final say on whether the vote will stand.
Voters in those municipalities want their own schools to avoid the merger between the larger, struggling, majority-black Memphis school system and the smaller, more successful, majority-white Shelby County district.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six congressional incumbents have defeated their challengers in Tennessee's primary election.
Republican Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Diane Black won their races, following some of the state's toughest campaigns.
The other winners were Republican Reps. Jimmy Duncan in the 2nd District, Stephen Fincher in the 8th District and Scott DesJarlais in the 4th District. Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen prevailed in the 9th District.
Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker also easily won nomination.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Education is preparing to revise teacher licensing standards.
The department says the revisions will be written in partnership with the state board, the Educational Testing Service and review teams consisting of teachers, district administrators and higher education faculty.
Department spokesperson Kelli Gauthier says the standards are past due for an update.
WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Legislators in Washington are considering help for drought-stricken farmers in one of their final acts before adjourning for the August recess.
The House bill, scheduled to be voted on today, would restore four disaster assistance programs that expired last year. They would be reinstated for the 2012 budget year, at an estimated cost of $383 million.