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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's Republican governor says he has signed a bill that allows mental health counselors to refuse to treat patients based on the therapist's religious or personal beliefs.
The American Counseling Association called the legislation an "unprecedented attack" on the counseling profession and said Tennessee was the only state to ever pass such a law.
Opponents say the legislation is part of a wave of bills around the nation that legalizes discrimination.
Supporters say the bill protects the rights of therapists and allows them to refer patients to more appropriate counselors.
NASHVILLE (WVLT/WTVF) -- The Tennessee Department of Education is ending its relationship with the vendor of TNReady. It announced Wednesday that it was cancelling the contract with Measurement Inc., a company based out of North Carolina.
Testing is suspended for elementary and middle school students. That affects students in grades 3 through 8. This is because not all tests will arrive in time. This comes after the vendor missed its latest delivery deadline.
As of Wednesday morning, all school districts in the state were waiting on some grade 3 - 8 materials to arrive with a total of 2 million documents yet to be shipped.
High school testing will continue and be scored. Those results are expected this fall.
Districts that received materials for a complete grade or subject in grades 3 - 8 will have the option to administer that specific grade or subject test.
If a teacher has TNReady data, that information will only be used if it helps the teacher. If a teacher does not have this information, he or she will be evaluated based on prior years.
The Department of Education is working to find a vendor for next year's test and the scoring of this year's high school test.
A report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says that Kentucky has the most children who have at least one parent in jail. The report also found that Tennessee has the third highest rate in the nation, with one in 10 children having a one parent behind bars. Over 5 million kids in the United States have a mother or father in prison or jail.
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This week on the Chasey Chase ’em Trackdown....
We’re looking for JAMES RYAN RICHARDSON,
who’s wanted for such crimes as FAILURE TO APPEAR ON DOMESTIC ASSAULT, MARIJUANA AND WEAPONS POSSESSION CHARGES.
JAMES RYAN RICHARDSON is a 44 year old White male, known to frequent the FLYNN'S COVE ROAD area of Cumberland County.
If you know where JAMES RYAN RICHARDSON is hiding out,
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The Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers is asking the public for help in recovering a box trailer that was reported stolen from Bargain Beds at Cumberland Square. The Trailer is an Interstate Cargo trailer (similar to the picture). The trailer is gray in color and a single axle model. The diamond plate fenders are bent and there is a small hole in the diamond plate in the left area of the tongue. The trailer was taken sometime around 1130 PM on 4/25/2016.
If you have any information on this theft or if you see this trailer, please call the Crimestoppers Tip Hotline 931-200-1173 or contact Det. Donnie Hammons at the Crossville Police Department.
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