Latest Bill Haslam News

Prison unit helps inmates prepare for freedom

Feb. 17, 2019 11:37 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Every morning, Amelia Stem wakes up, pulls her clothes from the closet and gets ready for work. She's on the road by 7:30 a.m. and works until around 5:30 p.m. Back at home, she does laundry and gets a bite to eat. She might chip away at an assignment for her Lipscomb University...

State: Electrolux not required to repay $100M in Tennessee

Feb. 5, 2019 5:45 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say Swedish appliance maker Electrolux isn't legally required to repay $100 million in state incentives for its soon-to-be-shuttered Memphis factory. That's because the state's 2010 agreement with Electrolux didn't include clawback provisions to recoup money if...

Lee gives some pay raises to cabinet members

Feb. 4, 2019 3:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's top paid Cabinet members won't be getting a pay bump under the Republican's administration, but a majority of the new agency heads will see slight salary increases. According to a list of Lee's Cabinet and senior adviser salaries, TennCare Commissioner Gabe...

Tennessee's legislative leaders talk top issues for 2019

Feb. 2, 2019 11:43 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are set to tussle for months over how to change the state's criminal justice and education systems, whether they should legalize sports betting or medical marijuana, and how much they're willing to wade into hot-button topics like guns, abortion, and immigration....

Lee issues 90-day freeze on new rules, regulations

Feb. 1, 2019 12:11 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee has ordered a 90-day freeze in new state rules and regulations as the Republican's new administration begins to review how the state operates. Lee announced Friday that the decision is part of his commitment to limit the size of state government. The order does not...

Lee signs 3 executive orders on ethics, transparency

Jan. 24, 2019 6:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's newly signed executive orders show that he will largely follow his Republican predecessor's footsteps when it comes to ethics disclosure, transparency and non-discrimination employment practices. Lee announced Thursday that the executive orders both...

March oral arguments set in Tennessee lawmakers refugee case

Jan. 24, 2019 4:48 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have a March court date in an appeal of their dismissed lawsuit against the federal government over the refugee resettlement program. Court records show a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel will hear oral arguments March 19 in Cincinnati. The...

After 2016 ruling, battles over juvenile lifer cases persist

Jan. 21, 2019 7:43 AM EST

Locked up for life at 15, Norman Brown remains defined by the crime that put him behind bars. Twenty-seven years ago, Brown joined a neighbor more than twice his age to rob a jewelry shop in Chesterfield, Missouri, and the man shot the owner to death. The shooter was executed. But state officials, bound by a 2016...

Ex-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he'll mull Senate options

Jan. 20, 2019 2:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he'll take some time to consider his options before deciding whether to run for the U.S. Senate. The Tennessean reports Haslam said Saturday at the inauguration of his successor, Bill Lee, that he will take several weeks to make up...

Republican Bill Lee sworn in as Tennessee's 50th governor

Jan. 19, 2019 10:14 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican political newcomer Bill Lee on Saturday took the oath of office as the 50th governor of Tennessee, vowing not to solely look to government as the solution to the state's most pressing challenges. "As honored as I am to be your next governor, no governor will solve the...