Latest Bill Haslam News

State probes misuse of funds accusation against TBI leader

Jun. 18, 2018 5:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says an outside review is underway into accusations that its acting director has misused state funds. TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said Monday that the agency has been made aware of, and takes seriously, accusations involving Acting Director Jason...

Former deputy governor, Hamilton County mayor dies

Jun. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Claude Ramsey, a former Tennessee lawmaker, deputy governor and Hamilton County mayor, has died. He was 75. Heritage Funeral Home spokesman Don Wilson told the Associated Press that Ramsey died Monday. He had no further details. Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger called Ramsey a...

Tennessee governor picks Rausch as new TBI director

Jun. 18, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has picked Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch to become the new director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. In a news release Monday, Haslam's office said Rausch brings a wealth of experience and proven leadership to the agency. He will become...

Marijuana law reform supported by Fitzhugh, Dean at forum

Jun. 14, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh expressed support Thursday for eliminating criminal punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana statewide if elected governor. The Democrats, along with Republicans Beth Harwell and Randy...

Appeals court considers woman's challenge to life sentence

Jun. 14, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal appeals judges said Thursday they're considering asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to clarify whether a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was 16 can ever gain parole. The three-judge 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel heard arguments Thursday in the...

Tennessee finalizes settlement with ousted chancellor

Jun. 5, 2018 8:19 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee has finalized a $1.33 million settlement with ousted chancellor Beverly Davenport, formally ending her employment at the school after a tumultuous tenure that lasted less than 1 ½ years. The Board of Trustees' audit and compliance committee held a...

Ex-Pilot Flying J president seeks to fire attorney

May. 31, 2018 8:02 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The former president of the nation's largest diesel fuel retailer wants to fire his trial lawyer now that he's been convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Tuesday that former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood is seeking to fire and...

Tennessee GOP governor front-runners go right on immigration

May. 27, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican front-runners for Tennessee governor are parroting President Donald Trump's call to "build the wall" and are depicting one another as sympathizers of people in the country illegally, turning the race into a fight over who's toughest on immigration. In a TV ad, U.S....

Tennessee gov offers $2500 reward for info in hit-and-run

May. 25, 2018 1:52 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for a July 2017 deadly hit-and-run. The governor's office says a vehicle hit and killed 19-year-old Cordell Breighner in Sevierville on...

Memphis teen held in adult jail moving to juvenile facility

May. 24, 2018 3:51 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A teenager held in solitary confinement at an adult prison on a murder charge in Tennessee is set to be moved to a juvenile facility. The Commercial Appeal reports that a Criminal Court judge has signed an order to transfer 16-year-old Teriyona Winton to the Shelby County Detention...