Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

State Sen. majority leader, 2 others, confirmed as US judges

Oct. 12, 2018 1:55 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The majority leader of the Tennessee Senate has been confirmed as a federal judge by the U.S. Senate. News outlets report that Republican state Sen. Mark Norris was confirmed as a U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Tennessee with a 51-44 vote Thursday evening....

Tennessee Senate candidates exchange barbs in final debate

Oct. 10, 2018 11:19 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate on Wednesday, while the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again promising to improve bipartisanship in...

Tennessee Senate Dem hopeful says he supports Kavanaugh

Oct. 5, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen announced Friday that he would support Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court, a key choice in a tight Tennessee race that he says became a "much closer call" after the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault in high...

TBI says keeping records private 'protects' innocent

Oct. 4, 2018 4:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations says it's helping protect the innocent by not turning over documents to the public, a policy that's raised some eyebrows among state lawmakers and open government advocates. Jimmy Musice, the bureau's senior policy adviser and attorney, fielded...

Claims fly in ads in competitive Tennessee Senate race

Oct. 4, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As more attention is focused on Tennessee's increasingly competitive Senate race, a flood of attack ads continues to flood people's screens. Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn faces former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in the upcoming November election, a race that has gained...

Report of fake cash at Waffle House leads to police shooting

Oct. 3, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — Police fired their guns when a woman hit two officers with her car as she fled possible arrest on suspicion that she used counterfeit cash at a Waffle House in Tennessee. Police in the Memphis suburb of Germantown said 23-year-old Chelse Chambers hit an officer's vehicle with her...

Fred Thompson federal courthouse to be complete by 2021

Sep. 29, 2018 2:17 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials have broken ground on a Tennessee federal courthouse named after the late Sen. Fred Thompson. The facility should be completed by 2021. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. Jim Cooper, federal judges and others headlined Friday's Nashville ceremony for the Fred D. Thompson Federal...

PAC to target Tennessee lawmaker running despite allegations

Sep. 27, 2018 5:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A national campaign to prevent politicians accused of sexual misconduct from being re-elected in the November election is now targeting a Tennessee lawmaker, supporters announced Thursday. After launching the Enough is Enough Project earlier this week, organizers have since created...

The Latest: Tennessee Senate candidates close out debate

Sep. 25, 2018 8:39 PM EDT

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Senate debate in Tennessee (all times local): 7 p.m. Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen have closed out their first debate in their U.S. Senate race in Tennessee. Bredesen and Blackburn debated for an hour Tuesday,...

Ex-GOP opponent endorses Blackburn in Tennessee Senate bid

Sep. 24, 2018 11:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's former GOP opponent for Senate has endorsed her, a change from February when he left the race and urged Republican Sen. Bob Corker to reconsider retiring from the seat that Blackburn is seeking. In a Blackburn campaign news release Monday,...