Latest Tennessee state government News

Death row inmate points to biased juror as execution nears

Nov. 13, 2019 11:54 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Tennessee prepares to electrocute yet another death row inmate, a last-minute legal battle has raised questions surrounding the possible bias of a juror who helped hand down the original death sentence decades ago. Attorneys for Lee Hall say they have found a woman —...

Craig has 7 TDs, Austin Peay beats Tennessee Tech 58-21

Oct. 26, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — JaVaughn Craig passed for 294 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 84 yards and two TDs to help Austin Peay beat Tennessee Tech 58-21 on Saturday. Craig finished 16 of 23 with no interceptions and carried it seven times for the Governors (5-3, 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference). Austin...

3 GOP challengers take roadshow to pro-Trump Tennessee

Oct. 26, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three Republican longshots challenging President Donald Trump in 2020 made a roadshow stop in the liberal-leaning capital of pro-Trump Tennessee. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois drew a sparse crowd...

Ex-Tennessee Gov. Bredesen introduces renewable energy firm

Oct. 21, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new business venture by former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen takes on global warming by helping companies fund solar panels in communities with dirty-power electric grids. The Democrat plans to introduce Clearloop on Tuesday at a conference headlined by former New York Mayor...

Rosendahl, Tennessee St. rally, beat Austin Peay 26-24

Oct. 19, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cameron Rosendahl threw two second-half touchdown passes to Steven Newbold as Tennessee State scored the final 17 points and the Tigers beat Austin Peay 26-24 on Saturday to snap a six-game skid. Rosendahl was 22-of-39 passing for 220 yards, Chris Rowland had 12 receptions for 113...

Sons of Confederate Veterans can't appeal statues' removal

Oct. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court will not consider an appeal related to Memphis' removal of statues of Confederate leaders Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis from two parks. City officials circumvented a state law limiting the removal of historical memorials from public property by...

Death row inmate's attorneys say appeal ignores justice

Oct. 11, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abudur'Rahman said Friday that the state attorney general is valuing "proceduralism over justice" with an attempt to scuttle a resentencing agreement. Brad MacLean, who has defended Abudur'Rahman (AHB'-dur-RAK'-mahn) for more than...

Tennessee governor hands-off as AG moves for more executions

Sep. 26, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor is refraining from weighing in on the attorney general's request to schedule executions for nine death-row prisoners and restore a 10th inmate's death sentence. Republican Gov. Bill Lee said Thursday that it is Attorney General Herbert Slatery's prerogative to...

Tennessee seeks execution dates for 9 death row inmates

Sep. 24, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to set execution dates for nine death row prisoners, bucking a national movement away from capital punishment. Attorney General Herbert Slatery quietly filed the request on Friday with no explanation, and the state...