Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee reports its 1st death from vaping-related illness

Oct. 17, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Health officials have reported Tennessee's first death from a vaping-related respiratory illness. Nashville health officials on Thursday confirmed the adult male's death amid a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses, including 53 cases reported in Tennessee. State Health...

Tennessee governor taps 38 to serve on census panel

Oct. 17, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has appointed 38 people to a panel that will work with the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census. Lee's office announced a wide variety of appointees to the Tennessee Complete Count Committee on Wednesday. Government representation will include the House and...

Sons of Confederate Veterans can't appeal statues' removal

Oct. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court will not consider an appeal related to Memphis' removal of statues of Confederate leaders Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis from two parks. City officials circumvented a state law limiting the removal of historical memorials from public property by...

Prominent donors take sides in Tennessee's US Senate race

Oct. 16, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Donors are choosing sides in Tennessee's open race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. During his first few weeks running, Republican Bill Hagerty raised $1.9 million and spent $24,400 through September. Hagerty's contributors included ex-Gov. Bill Haslam, former Florida...

Former attorney general named as Nashville city law director

Oct. 16, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper will take over as the Nashville government's law director. Newly installed Mayor John Cooper announced Tuesday that Bob Cooper will lead the combined city-county government's Department of Law beginning Nov. 4. He will replace current law...

Rubber track maker to create 250 jobs at Tennessee facility

Oct. 16, 2019 4:33 AM EDT

MILAN, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say a company that manufactures rubber tracks and undercarriages for industrial and agricultural equipment plans to create 250 jobs at its new Tennessee plant. The state Department of Economic and Community says Global Track Manufacturing USA, Inc. is starting...

Embattled former Tennessee speaker defends grant fund

Oct. 15, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Disgraced former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada says a $4 million state grant fund should not be frozen despite questions raised by legislative leaders surrounding the intention of the taxpayer dollars. Casada said Tuesday the funding was part of the 2019-2020 fiscal year...

AG opinion: New Tennessee law lets felons have antique guns

Oct. 14, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general says a new state law allows felons to have antique guns. An opinion last week by Attorney General Herbert Slatery's office says the law removed a ban on guns manufactured before 1899, certain replicas and black powder-using muzzleloaders for people...

Death row inmate's attorneys say appeal ignores justice

Oct. 11, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abudur'Rahman said Friday that the state attorney general is valuing "proceduralism over justice" with an attempt to scuttle a resentencing agreement. Brad MacLean, who has defended Abudur'Rahman (AHB'-dur-RAK'-mahn) for more than...

Senate GOP candidates unveil latest fundraising totals

Oct. 10, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's top Republican candidates in the state's open U.S. Senate race have released their latest fundraising hauls. Former U.S. Ambassador Bill Hagerty announced Thursday that he's raised $1.9 million since officially launching his campaign bid less than a month ago. Campaign...