Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee doctors: Make masks mandatory, enforce rules

Jul. 6, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of critical care physicians on Monday called on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to do more to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. In a news conference, Dr. Aaron Milstone suggested the governor needs to do three things to bring Tennessee's surging case numbers back down. First,...

Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, right, talks about the continuing battle against the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. At left is Gov. Bill Lee. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

COVID-19 immunity proposal flounders in Tennessee

Jul. 5, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Just a few weeks ago, Tennessee looked like a sure bet to become the latest state to protect businesses and other organizations from lawsuits by people impacted by the coronavirus in the push to reopen the economy. Republican Gov. Bill Lee had talked up the change and touted his...

Knox and Shelby join Nashville, Memphis in mask mandate

Jul. 3, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knox County and Shelby County on Friday joined Nashville and Memphis in requiring people to wear face masks in many public settings to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The orders come as the virus cases continue to surge in Tennessee. The state recorded 1,822 new cases on...

Tennessee man indicted in deaths of ex-girlfriend, infant

Jul. 2, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man was indicted in the stabbing deaths of his former girlfriend and their 5-month-old son, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Thursday. Enoch Zarceno Turner, 25, of Shelby County, was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse,...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee answers questions during a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee to review law enforcement polices, training

Jul. 2, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday called on every law enforcement agency to review and update its use of force policies, as well as scrutinize guidelines surrounding when officers should prevent or stop incidents of misconduct. Lee said the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the...

Lee: Tennessee sees drop in distressed counties

Jul. 2, 2020 4:08 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee says Tennessee has the fewest economically distressed counties since 2007, arguing that development signals improved economic conditions for those county residents. Lee announced Wednesday that Tennessee now has 11 economically distressed counties, that's down from 15...

A bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest is displayed in the Tennessee State Capitol Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee lawmakers remain torn on whether to support a proposal for the removal of a contentious bust of the former Confederate general and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. If approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature, the measure encourages the bust of Forrest be removed from the Tennessee Capitol and instead be replaced with an

Lee: Capitol Commission to take up Confederate bust removal

Jul. 1, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday that a state panel that has the authority to help remove the bust of a former Confederate general and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan from Tennessee's state Capitol will take up the issue next week. The Republican governor said in a press release...

Nashville will no longer prosecute minor marijuana charges

Jul. 1, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk announced on Wednesday that his office will no longer prosecute individuals for possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. “Marijuana charges do little to promote public health, and even less to promote public safety,"...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee puts on his mask at the end of a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee officials offer stern warning as virus cases climb

Jul. 1, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued a stern warning to the public Wednesday as Tennessee registered its highest daily increase in positive COVID-19 tests for the third time in a week and a half. But the Republican also said he's not pursuing a statewide requirement to wear masks in...

Johnson City police kill man during domestic dispute call

Jul. 1, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Johnston City Police shot and killed a man Tuesday night while responding to a domestic dispute call, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. After a preliminary investigation, the TBI released the following account of events. Police were called to a Johnson City home...