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FILE - This Aug. 18, 2017 file photo shows a statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest in a park in Memphis, Tenn. On Friday, Jan. 7, 2020, Gov. Bill Lee's office said he will introduce legislation that would amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)

Tennessee governor wants to amend day that honors KKK leader

Jan. 18, 2020 4:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee will introduce legislation this year that would amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Lee's office confirmed Friday that the Republican, who has previously expressed his displeasure...

Amtrak pitches adding Nashville to Atlanta passenger train

Jan. 18, 2020 9:24 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amtrak executives say they want to establish a passenger route from Nashville to Atlanta, with stops including Murfreesboro, Tullahoma and Chattanooga. According to news reports, Tennessee lawmakers heard the pitch from the the federally-owned passenger train corporation during a...

With governor's reprieve, man released after murder-for-hire

Jan. 17, 2020 6:17 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man who was serving a life sentence in a 1994 murder-for-hire plot in Tennessee is out of prison and on parole after the former governor granted him a reprieve. Jeremy Ingram was released from Morgan County Correctional Complex on Friday, according Tennessee Department of...

TennCare director announces plan to leave position in March

Jan. 17, 2020 1:10 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The director of Tennessee's Medicaid program plans to leave his job to return to the private sector, TennCare announced Friday. A news release from TennCare says Republican Gov. Bill Lee has not yet named a successor to Gabe Roberts, who is expected to depart on March 2. The...

Tennessee Supreme Court schedules 2 more execution dates

Jan. 15, 2020 7:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday scheduled dates to execute two more death row inmates, but justices still haven't ruled on the attorney general's requests to set seven more. Continuing Tennessee's trend toward capital punishment, the court scheduled Oscar Franklin Smith to...

Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, debates a proposal allowing faith-based adoption agencies to decline to place children with same-sex couples because of their religious belief without facing penalties on the first day of the 2020 legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee governor says he will sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 14, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that he'll sign into law a measure that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The GOP-controlled Senate gave the...

This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Nicholas Sutton.  Attorneys for Sutton, a Tennessee death row inmate, say he should be spared from execution because he has transformed himself from a killer to a lifesaver while in prison. Sutton was sentenced to death in 1985 for the murder of fellow inmate Carl Estep.  In a Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 petition to Gov. Bill Lee, Sutton's attorneys say he saved the lives of numerous prison employees and fellow inmates. He is scheduled to be executed on Feb. 20.(Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Lawyer: Death row inmate went from life-taker to lifesaver

Jan. 14, 2020 2:09 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee death row inmate Nicholas Sutton should be spared from execution because he transformed himself in prison from a killer to someone who saved the lives of prison employees and fellow inmates, his attorneys argue in a clemency petition. Sutton was sentenced to death in 1985...

Tennessee lawmakers wrestle with a scathing audit of prisons

Jan. 13, 2020 8:36 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's correction agency failed to provide adequate oversight to ensure the safety of the state's inmates and public, a scathing new audit has found. The report has sparked alarm among state lawmakers, many of whom raised concerns on Monday about the 18 negative findings and...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks to the media during a tour of Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Tenn. Lee's administration has invoked executive privilege multiple times to withhold documents from public records requests, even though such privilege is not defined in the state's law, nor mentioned in its constitution. (Robin Rudd/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP, File)

Governor claims 'executive privilege,' denies public records

Jan. 13, 2020 7:03 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's administration has invoked executive privilege multiple times to withhold documents from public records requests, even though such privilege is not defined in the state's law, nor mentioned in its constitution. Officials in Lee's office say they are using...

Tennessee House speaker's chief of staff to leave post

Jan. 12, 2020 2:31 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House speaker's chief of staff is leaving his post to pursue new work in the private sector. Scott Gilmer is departing to serve as vice president for business development at Path Company, according to a news release from Republican House Speaker Cameron Sexton. The...