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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's not unusual for a governor to hold a ceremonial bill signing on a different day than when he actually puts his signature on a piece of legislation.

But Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is holding seven ceremonies this week for the same bill.

The Republican governor is making a series of stops around the state this week to celebrate the enactment of his Tennessee Promise law, which will cover the full tuition for community college for high school graduates.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Smyrna man has been charged with rape by Murfreesboro Police in an incident where officials say blood tests revealed the presence of two date rape drugs in the victim’s system.

Police were called to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in November, 2011, to speak to a woman who believed she’d been raped. During an interview the victim told police that she’d been approached by a white man she didn’t know in a parking lot.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The number of Tennesseans signing up under the federal health insurance exchange nearly doubled in March, the last month of open enrollment for coverage.

According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, more than 151,000 people in Tennessee enrolled through March 31. That's 28,000 people, or 23 percent, more than originally projected by President Barack Obama's administration before the signup period began.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — University of Memphis Provost M. David Rudd will become the school's next president on May 16.

The Commercial Appeal said the Tennessee Board of Regents approved Rudd on Thursday. He has been provost since March 2013.

Regents Chancellor John Morgan recommended Rudd over three other finalists.

The 53-year-old Rudd will replace R. Brad Martin, who has been interim president since July 1. Former President Shirley Raines retired June 30 after 12 years.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is kicking off Motorcycle Awareness Month in an effort to decrease traffic accidents and deaths.

A Friday kickoff to the campaign is scheduled to take place at Opry Mills in Nashville on Friday, featuring Kendell Poole, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office, Transportation Commissioner John Schroer and Col. Tracy Trott, the commander of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

More than 2,800 motorcyclists crashed last year, resulting in 135 deaths. Since the beginning of this year, there have been 337 motorcycle crashes and 14 fatalities.