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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's only openly gay Republican lawmaker is warning that legislation to ban transgender athletes from participating in girls' sports would likely result in vulnerable students being marginalized.

Rep. Eddie Mannis said in a recent letter that the bill would also harm Tennessee’s ability to recruit athletes and businesses.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Department of Health has announced that it will soon lift its state-specific visitation restrictions for long-term care facilities.

According to a Wednesday news release, nursing homes and other facilities should use the federal guidance provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services starting Feb. 28.

The agency says all of Tennessee’s nursing homes and skilled nursing home facilities have finished giving both doses of the COVID-19 vaccinations.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee man has been arrested in connection with the U.S. Capital riot on Jan. 6.  

News outlets cited federal court records in reporting that 40-year-old Joseph Lino Padilla of Cleveland is accused of having an altercation with a police officer and throwing a pole.

Records say people who recognized him in videos of the riot that circulated online told the FBI.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's top health officials say that more than 2,400 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Tennessee’s most populous county have gone to waste over the past month.

According to state findings announced Tuesday, local officials sat on tens of thousands of shots that were thought to have already gone into arms.

The finding comes after the Department of Health launched an investigation into a recent report that severe winter storms caused 1,000 doses to be tossed in Shelby County, which encompasses Memphis.

Tenn. Dept. of Education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Senate has advanced legislation that would allow the governor to issue an executive order requiring schools to offer in-person learning.

The GOP-dominant chamber easily passed the measure Monday on a 27-5 vote, with only Democratic senators opposed.

The bill comes as Republican leaders have lobbed criticisms against Shelby and Davidson counties for declining to provide an in-person schooling option for months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.