NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee labor officials are continuing to offer free online courses to help people without work during the COVID-19 pandemic advance their skills. 

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative will run through the end of 2021. The department says thousands of Tennesseans took advantage of the program last year.

Coursera partners with 200 leading university and industry educators to offer thousands of courses across business, technology and data science. 

They help prepare people with no degree or tech background for entry-level work in fields that include IT support, project management, UX design and data analytics.

Tennesseans interested in the program can create an account on and email their name and phone number to


Suspect in fatal 

shootings found dead

LEBANON — A Tennessee man suspected of fatally shooting two woman was found dead in his vehicle Monday, police said.

Authorities had been searching Monday morning for Shaun R. Varsos, 36, of Nashville in the killings at a subdivision in Lebanon. He was later found dead in the vehicle in the Metro Nashville area, police said.

The shootings were not random, police said. Lebanon police spokesperson P.J. Hardy told news outlets that police believe the shootings stemmed from a domestic incident that escalated. 

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