Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

In debate, GOP Tennessee governor hopefuls align with Trump

Jun. 20, 2018 10:31 PM EDT

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The leading Republican candidates for Tennessee governor tried not to second-guess President Donald Trump during a debate Wednesday night, including pledging support for his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. At the debate, House Speaker Beth Harwell,...

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 House speaker contender won't seek re-election

Jun. 18, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtime Tennessee lawmaker who had expressed interest in running for House speaker says he won't seek re-election. Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press he will withdraw from his House race Monday and will resign Oct. 1 to take a...

Republican candidates for Tennessee governor to debate

Jun. 17, 2018 10:58 PM EDT

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican candidates for Tennessee governor will square off in a debate this week. News outlets report the one-hour debate will be held at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville. Legislative issues and crime are among the topics of discussion....

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...

Letter: Tennessee farmers urge House reps to oppose tariffs

Jun. 12, 2018 3:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dozens of Tennessee farmers have urged the state's U.S. House delegation to oppose President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs, saying they worry the fallout will cripple the rural state's agriculture. In their open letter Monday, 42 farmers wrote that the tariffs would...

Race for Tennessee Senate seat takes shape on Trump, tariffs

Jun. 9, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate campaign supporters are replaying President Donald Trump's latest Nashville rally in an early offensive against Democratic contender and former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has tried to shrug off the attacks and shift his focus to opposing the president's...

Tennessee statue to honor family's role in women's suffrage

Jun. 8, 2018 8:59 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Almost 100 years ago, a Tennessee mother wrote her lawmaker son to urge him to cast the last vote needed to secure the voting rights of American women. This weekend, their roles in ratifying the 19th Amendment will be memorialized. The Burn Memorial will be unveiled at 5:15 p.m....

Waffle House suspect denies having mental health issues

May. 18, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man accused of killing four people at a Tennessee Waffle House denies that he is suffering from mental health problems and says he wants to represent himself in court in the murder cases. WTVF on Thursday played an audio recording of Travis Reinking talking to one of the station's...

Families of victims meet hero in Waffle House shooting

May. 16, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Families of victims of a mass shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House got a chance to thank a man who wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman. Officials at Tennessee State University said a private ceremony was held Tuesday on the Nashville campus, where 29-year-old James...