Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee accepting applications for Supreme Court vacancy

Nov. 30, 2022 04:09 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee panel is accepting applications to fill the vacancy that will be left by Justice Sharon Lee’s planned retirement next summer. The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments says applicants must be at least 35 years old, a state resident...

Tennessee gov sets election dates to replace fallen lawmaker

Nov. 29, 2022 04:07 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has set election dates to fill the opening left by the death of Democratic state Rep. Barbara Cooper. The primary election to replace the longtime Memphis lawmaker will take place on Jan. 24 and the general election will be held on...

Council picks 3 applicants for Tennessee appeals vacancy

Nov. 28, 2022 04:11 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Governor's Council for Judicial Appointments has forwarded three names to Gov. Bill Lee to consider for a vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals. After a public hearing and interviews, the council last week selected Joshua B. Dougan, Matthew Joseph...

Kentucky doctor, senator named Tennessee health commissioner

Nov. 23, 2022 11:06 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Kentucky doctor and state senator has been appointed commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health, officials said. Ralph Alvarado, who is chief executive officer of Alvarado Medical Services and has served in the Kentucky State Senate since 2015,...

Tennessee House GOP nominates Sexton for new speaker term

Nov. 23, 2022 04:12 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans have nominated Speaker Cameron Sexton to serve a third term in the chamber’s top leadership position. A news release from the House Republican Caucus says leadership elections took place Tuesday at Paris State Landing Park. ...

Ex-Tennessee lawmaker pleads guilty to campaign cash scheme

Nov. 22, 2022 18:39 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee state senator accused of violating federal campaign finance laws pleaded guilty to two charges on Tuesday after initially calling the case against him a political witch hunt. Former Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey, who previously...

Taylor Swift tickets breakdown probed by attorneys general

Nov. 19, 2022 13:56 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The breakdown in Ticketmaster's sales of Taylor Swift tickets is a mess some attorneys general aren't shaking off. With fans sharing outrage and heartache over the fruitless hours they spent trying for seats for Swift's upcoming concert tour, top legal...

Tennessee court: Juvenile life sentencing unconstitutional

Nov. 18, 2022 18:18 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Supreme Court ruled Friday that a state law mandating life sentences for juvenile homicide offenders is unconstitutional, saying it amounts to “cruel and unusual punishment" and violates the Eighth Amendment. In a sweeping 21-page opinion, the...

Tennessee Senate GOP nominates McNally for new speaker term

Nov. 16, 2022 04:01 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Senate Republicans have nominated Speaker Randy McNally to serve another two-year term in the top leadership role in the chamber. The Senate Republican Caucus voted Tuesday to keep McNally in the speaker position. The Senate speaker also serves as...

Tennessee Justice Sharon Lee to retire next year

Nov. 15, 2022 17:37 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee on Tuesday announced that she will retire from the state's highest court next year. "Serving in the Tennessee Judiciary for the past 19 years has been the greatest honor of my professional life,” Lee said in a...