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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials are predicting a big hit to student learning due to interruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic.


On Wednesday, the state Department of Education projected a 50% decrease in reading proficiency rates and a 65% drop in math among third graders.


At a news conference, Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said it will take more than a school year to make up for the learning loss resulting from school closures, time off and virtual learning shifts.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Records show a former Tennessee state trooper’s insistence that he never yanked the mask off a protester near the state Capitol was refuted by surveillance footage and an eyewitness account from a fellow law enforcement officer. 


State documents viewed by The Associated Press through a public records request also include a lengthy disciplinary record and previous initial recommendation by a Tennessee Highway Patrol captain that Trooper Harvey Briggs be fired nearly two decades ago.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett top the 2020 CMT Music Awards nominations with three each.


The fan-voted music video awards show was delayed from the summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will air on Oct. 21.


The Chicks return to the list of nominees for the first time since 2007 for “Gaslighter," up for video of the year, and country icon Tanya Tucker gets her first ever nominations for “Bring My Flowers Now.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel’s Steve Doocy apologized on Monday “for any confusion” in reporting a now-debunked story about the mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, supposedly concealing the number of coronavirus cases linked to bars and restaurants in that city because they were so low.

But on Monday night, Fox’s Tucker Carlson said that “we don’t know the truth” about the Nashville case.

(AP/Michael Kunzelman)  --  Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to the reelection campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker who had used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and the candidate’s posts.

The corporate support for a QAnon-promoting politician is another example of how the conspiracy theory has penetrated mainstream politics, spreading beyond its origins on internet message boards popular with right-wing extremists.