Latest Tennessee state government News

Nonprofit objects to remarks by Blackburn consultant

Aug. 16, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A left-leaning Tennessee nonprofit has objected to comments by a paid political consultant to U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate campaign, claiming the remarks signal illegal coordination with outside political groups. Tennessee Citizen Action says it has sent a formal complaint to...

Hawk announces Tennessee House speaker bid in contested race

Aug. 16, 2018 12:46 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican Rep. David Hawk has announced that he is running for state House speaker, setting up a contested race to succeed Speaker Beth Harwell. Hawk confirmed his candidacy in a news conference Wednesday. The Greeneville lawmaker mentioned that he opposed Republican Gov....

Court rules Tennessee probation overhaul unconstitutional

Aug. 15, 2018 8:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee appeals court has ruled that Gov. Bill Haslam's overhaul of the state's probation system is unconstitutional, saying it violates defendant's rights. The Tennessean reports the court also ruled Tuesday that the overhaul encroaches on judicial powers by allowing probation...

Trade, infrastructure details split Tennessee Senate race

Aug. 15, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Marsha Blackburn talked up the need for more infrastructure cash and cried foul at President Donald Trump's tariffs Wednesday. But the two were split on policy specifics during a Tennessee business forum in their rival bids in a key U.S. Senate...

While probing 538 records exemptions, Tennessee added more

Aug. 14, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state review has found that while Tennessee lawmakers began reviewing 500-plus public records exemptions this year, they approved more exclusions. A report from Tennessee's Office of Open Records Counsel notes 29 changes to public records laws last legislative session, which ended...

Filing: Waffle House shooting suspect found unfit for trial

Aug. 14, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking a court hearing after the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House was deemed presently incompetent for trial and in need of hospitalization. Nashville Deputy District Attorney General Roger Moore filed the motion in 29-year-old Travis...

Tennessee high court fast-tracks lethal injection challenge

Aug. 14, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court is fast-tracking the appeal in a challenge of the state's lethal injection drugs. After the move Monday, Justice Sharon Lee warned in her dissent that the court's review shouldn't be "so hurried that it is meaningless" in an apparent effort to clear the...

Tennessee carries out its 1st execution in nearly a decade

Aug. 9, 2018 11:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade. Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-security...

Senate, governor nominees at Tennessee Farm Bureau event

Aug. 9, 2018 7:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fresh off primary victories, several Tennessee statewide candidates have given an outline of their positions during the annual Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents Conference. Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen are running for the Senate seat being vacated by Bob...

Nevada death-row inmate on legal delays: 'Just get it done'

Aug. 9, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada death-row inmate whose execution has been postponed twice said a legal fight over the drugs to be used in his lethal injection is taking a tortuous toll on him and his family and he just wants his sentence carried out. The state should "just get it done, just do it effectively and...