Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A spokesperson for Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he plans to sign a bill requiring school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity and let them opt their student out.

The bill cleared its last hurdle in the GOP-supermajority Legislature on Wednesday.

Supporters argued the bill strengthens parental rights, rebuffing concerns from opponents that it could further alienate already-marginalized students.

City of Knoxville

Authorities say a Tennessee police officer wounded during a confrontation with a student inside a high school bathroom was not shot by the student’s gun.

A statement released Wednesday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation contradicts earlier law enforcement reports that the teenager fired the bullet that hit the officer, who is white.

The new report appears to indicate that the officer was shot by police.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials in Tennessee say the Texas-based Oracle Corporation plans to bring 8,500 jobs and a $1.2 billion investment to Nashville over coming years.

The office of Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s office said in disclosing details Wednesday that the project is “unrivaled” in the history of Tennessee economic development projects.

Cooper’s office also said that the computer technology company has requested a public hearing for its economic impact plan with a city development board.

SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) — A look at which U.S. states are leading at vaccinating against the coronavirus and which states are struggling is beginning to resemble America's electoral map.

Vaccination numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show states that tend to vote Democratic at the top in terms of the percentage of their adult population that have received at least one shot.

At the bottom are five Republican-leaning states, including Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Department of Health has announced that it will “pause” distributing the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following new guidance from the federal government.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual and severe blood clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

The FDA commissioner said she expected the pause to last a matter of days.