From WMOT News

Nashville, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Students at two Christian universities in Tennessee have signed on to a class action lawsuit challenging LGBTQ related religious exemptions to federal Title IX regulations.

One student at Nashville’s Lipscomb University and two students at Union University in Jackson are plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prosecutor says dozens face federal charges in a violent, years-long drug ring that an inmate orchestrated from inside a Tennessee state prison using smuggled cellphones.

According to a news release from acting U.S. Attorney Mary Jane Stewart, a federal indictment unsealed Friday charged 27 people with charges related to a large-scale conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl and cocaine that has been occurring since as early as 2018.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee residents braced for more possible flooding as a second storm system with heavy rains headed through the state.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch through Wednesday morning for most of Tennessee along with parts of surrounding states.

Between 1 and 2 inches of rain is predicted in Middle Tennessee, with higher amounts possible in some areas.

Storms dumped more than 7 inches of rain last weekend in Nashville, the second-highest two-day rainfall ever recorded.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will soon be able to sign off on his proposal to let most adults 21 and older to carry handguns — concealed or openly — without a license that presently requires a background check and training.

Republican lawmakers in the supermajority finished their work on the bill Monday and it passed the House by a 64-29 vote. The Senate already approved the bill earlier this month.

Some Republicans voted against the measure. Opponents of the bill include influential law enforcement entities.


A federal judge has authorized the release of a Georgia woman and her Tennessee son on charges for their involvement in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Lisa Eisenhart is accused of breaking into the Capitol with her son, Eric Munchel, who was photographed carrying flexible plastic handcuffs in the Senate chamber.

A judge in Washington, D.C., on Monday authorized the release of Eisenhart and Munchel to third-party custodians.

They will be placed on home confinement along with other conditions.