Latest Bill Haslam News

Trump announces US ambassador to run for Tennessee Senate

Jul. 12, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday announced in a tweet that U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty would launch a bid for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat, giving the top Republican contender an unconventional entry into the state's most competitive 2020 contest. "Tennessee loving...

Nokian Tyres makes 1st test tire at Tennessee facility

Jul. 12, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

DAYTON, Tenn. (AP) — Nokian Tyres has produced its first test tire at its factory in Tennessee, as the company approaches the facility's planned start date in early 2020 of producing tires for commercial sales. The company says the Dayton, Tennessee factory will bolster Nokian Tyres' strategy to double...

Former Tennessee Gov. Haslam won't run for US Senate seat

Jul. 11, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam won't run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander, a move sure to draw new interest in the race from other would-be candidates. When Alexander announced in December that he wouldn't seek a fourth term in 2020,...

The Latest: US Rep. Mark Green won't pursue Senate seat

Jul. 11, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Tennessee's open Senate seat (all times local): 10:50 a.m. Tennessee's U.S. Rep. Mark Green is the latest Republican contender to say he won't run for the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2020. Green made the announcement Thursday, shortly after former Tennessee Gov....

Tennessee interim commerce and insurance leader sworn in

Jun. 19, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has sworn in a new interim commissioner of commerce and insurance. The state Department of Commerce and Insurance tweeted out a photo of Carter Lawrence taking the oath of office this week. Lawrence previously served as deputy commissioner for the...

Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization

Jun. 15, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers' efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and...

GOP officials rehash old fight against Volkswagen union vote

Jun. 7, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top Tennessee Republicans are predicting economic harm if workers at Volkswagen's car assembly plant in Chattanooga vote to unionize, and they are following a blueprint that helped GOP officials sink a similar vote five years ago. Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga voted 712-626...

Sethi launches Republican bid for open Tennessee Senate seat

Jun. 3, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Trauma surgeon Manny Sethi said Monday that he's running for a U.S. Senate seat opening in Tennessee. Sethi's announcement comes months after Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander said he's not seeking reelection in 2020. In a video, the 41-year-old Sethi described himself as a...