Latest Tennessee state government News

Texas official named Tennessee's new education commissioner

Jan. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's newly elected Gov. Bill Lee unveiled one of his most high-profile cabinet positions Thursday, announcing the appointment of an education commissioner touted for her education reform work. The Republican governor has chosen Penny Schwinn, 36, to lead Tennessee's...

Tennessee gov-elect's inauguration to move indoors

Jan. 17, 2019 5:30 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee is moving his inauguration to an indoor venue amid forecasts for weekend rain and thunderstorms. The Republican's transition team says the event Saturday will take place at War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The ceremony had been planned...

The Latest: Tennessee gov-elect names 3 more officials

Jan. 17, 2019 1:35 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Gov.-elect Bill Lee's Cabinet appointees (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Incoming Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced his picks to lead the state Department of Health, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Department of General Services. The...

Lee: Capitol gun ban to remain in place

Jan. 17, 2019 5:04 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov.-elect Bill Lee says he'll continue to keep guns banned in the Tennessee Capitol when he takes over the top office later this week. Lee tells The Daily Memphian he won't change the current policy put into place by outgoing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. However, Lee declined to...

Records: Trooper guarded Haslam on painkillers, slept on job

Jan. 16, 2019 2:06 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Records show a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper assigned to Gov. Bill Haslam's protective detail at the governor's residence was on painkillers and repeatedly fell asleep on duty. The Tennessean reports the records related to an internal investigation were made available this week...

Inaugural worship service moved to Grand Ole Opry

Jan. 16, 2019 11:22 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov.-elect Bill Lee has announced that his inaugural worship service is moving locations to meet increased demand. Lee's transition team said Wednesday the Republican's worship service will now be held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. It was previously scheduled to be at the...

Panel picks ex-state senator to return to Tennessee Senate

Jan. 15, 2019 5:49 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A county commission has picked ex-state Sen. Rosalind Kurita of Clarksville to fill the Tennessee Senate opening left by new Republican Congressman Mark Green. According to the Leaf Chronicle , the Montgomery County Commission selected Kurita out of 12 applicants for the seat...

Gov-elect names transportation, environment, HR heads

Jan. 15, 2019 3:00 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee has announced his picks to head the state's transportation, environmental and human resources departments. The Republican's transition team said Tuesday that Clay Bright will head the Department of Transportation, David Salyers will lead the Department...

Tennessee Democrats re-elect party chair despite losses

Jan. 12, 2019 6:51 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Democratic Party re-elected its leader to a new term, despite statewide losses at the top of the ticket in November. The Tennessean reports that Mary Mancini received 48 votes from the party's executive committee Saturday, enough to give her a third two-year term atop...

Tennessee seeks OK from feds for TennCare work requirements

Jan. 12, 2019 10:55 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is asking President Donald Trump's administration to join the ranks of states requiring able-bodied, low-income adults to work, volunteer or take classes in order to keep their government-funded health care. At the direction of the GOP-led state Legislature, Tennessee has...