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Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty speaks at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Hagerty vs. Bradshaw in race to succeed US Sen. Alexander

Aug. 7, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The race to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in November will feature a matchup between a Republican candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump and a Black activist who pulled off an astonishing upset victory over the Democratic establishment's choice — with a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, 28, 2020, file photo, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., questions Attorney General William Barr during a House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cohen will defend his U.S. House seat against a Republican challenger in November after soundly defeating a Democratic primary challenger in Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File)

Harshbarger wins GOP primary in open Tennessee US House race

Aug. 6, 2020 11:33 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — First-time political candidate Diana Harshbarger emerged victorious Thursday among a crowded field of Republican contenders vying to secure a rare opening for a U.S. House seat in northeastern Tennessee. Harshbarger, a pharmacist from Kingsport, secured her party’s nomination...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty speaks at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty speaks to supporters on Friday, July 17, 2020, after casting an early voting ballot at the Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

Trump boosts Hagerty on eve of Tennessee Senate GOP election

Aug. 5, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump offered one more virtual boost Wednesday on the eve of Election Day for Bill Hagerty, who is tangled up in a tough Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat. Trump predicted a win for his former ambassador to Japan during his second conference call...

Seats in the gallery overlooking the House chamber are marked off due to the coronavirus pandemic during a House session Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Lee calls special session to address COVID-19 liability

Aug. 3, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Monday announced he's calling lawmakers back to the Capitol to address legislation that would provide health care providers, schools and businesses broad protections against coronavirus lawsuits. Lee said the special legislative session will convene Aug. 10 to...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Manny Sethi speaks during a town hall meeting with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at Music City Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Friday, July 24, 2020. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

GOP doctor in Tennessee Senate race wants Fauci fired

Aug. 3, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee trauma surgeon running for an open Senate seat is calling for President Donald Trump to fire the nation's leading infectious diseases expert amid a pandemic. Dr. Manny Sethi attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci during a campaign event over the weekend in Knoxville. “This...

In a photo provided by the Tennessee State Senate, Tennessee state Sen. Katrina Robinson poses for a photo in Nashville, Tenn., date not known. Robinson has been charged with stealing more than $600,000 federal funds received by a health care company she directed and using the money to pay for her wedding and other personal expenses, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, July 29, 2020. A criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday charges state Robinson with theft and embezzlement involving government programs and wire fraud, U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said in a news release. (Tennessee State Senate via AP)

Grand jury indicts Tennessee state senator on theft charges

Jul. 30, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator was indicted Thursday on dozens of counts of stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds received by a health care school she directed and using the money to pay for personal items and expenses. A federal grand jury in Memphis handed down the indictment...

In a photo provided by the Tennessee State Senate, Tennessee state Sen. Katrina Robinson poses for a photo in Nashville, Tenn., date not known. Robinson has been charged with stealing more than $600,000 federal funds received by a health care company she directed and using the money to pay for her wedding and other personal expenses, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, July 29, 2020. A criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday charges state Robinson with theft and embezzlement involving government programs and wire fraud, U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said in a news release. (Tennessee State Senate via AP)

Tennessee state senator charged with stealing federal funds

Jul. 29, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator has been charged with stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds received by a health care company she directed and using the money to pay for her wedding and other personal expenses, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. A criminal complaint unsealed...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Manny Sethi arrives for a town hall meeting with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at Music City Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Friday, July 24, 2020. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

GOP senators offer dueling endorsements on TN campaign trail

Jul. 24, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz on Friday offered dueling endorsements of the two leading Republicans running for the U.S. Senate from Tennessee, Bill Hagerty and Manny Sethi. The heated race has become increasingly more tense ever since early voting opened last week in...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty speaks to supporters on Friday, July 17, 2020, after casting an early voting ballot at the Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

Tennessee GOP Senate race a new test for Trump's endorsement

Jul. 22, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s endorsement clout will get another test in the Aug. 6 open Republican U.S. Senate primary in Tennessee. Bill Hagerty, Trump's former ambassador to Japan, has the president's endorsement in a race against Manny Sethi, a Nashville trauma surgeon who...