Latest Tennessee state government News

REI Co-op to add 280-job Tennessee distribution center

Jan. 18, 2022 04:08 AM EST

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say the specialty outdoor retailer REI Co-op will set up a new distribution center in the state, creating more than 280 new jobs. The state Department of Economic and Community Development says construction is underway in Lebanon for the...

12 Tennessee counties hit by tornadoes to get federal aid

Jan. 15, 2022 14:52 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Residents in 12 Tennessee counties qualify to receive aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's individual assistance program due to tornadoes that hit on Dec. 10, officials said. President Joe Biden issued a major disaster declaration for the...

US House map splitting Nashville advances in state Senate

Jan. 13, 2022 14:10 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposed U.S. House map that carves up fast-growing, Democratic-leaning Nashville into three different congressional districts advanced another step Thursday over strenuous objections from Democrats that it unfairly dilutes Black representation in Tennessee. ...

Tennessee governor picks Campbell as criminal appeals judge

Jan. 13, 2022 04:08 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has picked a Shelby County judge for an opening on the state Court of Criminal Appeals. The Republican announced the selection of Judge John W. Campbell Sr. on Wednesday. Campbell is a criminal court judge for the...

Tennessee GOP release new US House map; Dems promise to sue

Jan. 12, 2022 17:32 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republicans on Wednesday released their plan to split fast-growing Nashville into multiple congressional seats, sparking alarm among Democratic leaders who warned that the new map unfairly affects Black voters and will face legal challenges. ...

Tennessee high court pick goes to state AG's office attorney

Jan. 12, 2022 15:31 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday picked a high-level lawyer in the attorney general's office for a vacancy on the state Supreme Court, signaling a likely shift further right for the court. The Republican governor selected Tennessee Associate Solicitor...

Tennessee close to banning residency requirements for police

Jan. 12, 2022 13:29 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For years, leaders in Tennessee's largest majority-Black city have debated the merits of requiring police officers to live in the county they patrol. After a lengthy back and forth, a growing group of Republican lawmakers is looking to pull from a familiar...

Tennessee governor's ex-top deputy to join law firm

Jan. 12, 2022 04:03 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The former top deputy and chief legal counsel to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is rejoining a law firm where he once worked. A news release from the Baker Donelson law firm says Lang Wiseman will practice from offices in Nashville and Memphis, where he lived...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jan. 12, 2022 01:28 AM EST

Kingsport Times News. January 12, 2022. Editorial: Don’t lasso a fish... and other absurd laws in Tennessee Tennessee and Virginia state legislators add plenty of new laws every year, but rarely do they rid the books of old laws that no longer serve a purpose, or...

Redistricting, schools cash formula anchor Tennessee session

Jan. 11, 2022 14:35 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers kicked off their annual session Tuesday in Nashville with a focus on addressing how the state funds public schools, redrawing state legislative and congressional maps, and finalizing a new spending plan for the upcoming year. The...