Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's acting director on leave

Jun. 19, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Acting Director Jason Locke is being placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that he misused state funds, officials said Tuesday. Bureau spokesman Josh DeVine said in a statement that Locke's administrative...

Democrats to debate Tuesday in Tennessee governor race

Jun. 19, 2018 5:15 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The two leading Democrats in Tennessee's open race for governor are meeting for a head-to-head debate. The Democratic debate with former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh will take place Tuesday evening at Belmont University's McAfee Concert...

TBI gets new director; interim leader under investigation

Jun. 18, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam appointed a new director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Monday after the agency confirmed that its interim leader is under investigation over accusations that he misused state funds. As Haslam announced his pick of Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch, the...

Former deputy governor, Hamilton County mayor dies

Jun. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Claude Ramsey, a former Tennessee lawmaker, deputy governor and Hamilton County mayor, has died. He was 75. Heritage Funeral Home spokesman Don Wilson told the Associated Press that Ramsey died Monday. He had no further details. Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger called Ramsey a...

Tennessee governor picks Rausch as new TBI director

Jun. 18, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has picked Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch to become the new director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. In a news release Monday, Haslam's office said Rausch brings a wealth of experience and proven leadership to the agency. He will become...

Tennessee House speaker contender won't seek re-election

Jun. 18, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtime Tennessee lawmaker who had expressed interest in running for House speaker says he won't seek re-election. Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press he will withdraw from his House race Monday and will resign Oct. 1 to take a...

Republican candidates for Tennessee governor to debate

Jun. 17, 2018 10:58 PM EDT

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican candidates for Tennessee governor will square off in a debate this week. News outlets report the one-hour debate will be held at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville. Legislative issues and crime are among the topics of discussion....

Complaint targets Tennessee governor hopeful's business help

Jun. 16, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A campaign finance complaint is questioning how a Republican hopeful for governor is getting political help from his businesses, among other concerns about how he's raising money. The complaint filed Thursday with Tennessee's Registry of Election Finance claims Bill Lee is using his...

Memphis returning maintenance of certain streets to state

Jun. 15, 2018 10:16 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis says it is turning over maintenance of 22 state roads in the city limits back to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. A news release posted on the city's website says Memphis is not renewing a contract with the department in which the city repairs potholes, clears snow...

Marijuana law reform supported by Fitzhugh, Dean at forum

Jun. 14, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh expressed support Thursday for eliminating criminal punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana statewide if elected governor. The Democrats, along with Republicans Beth Harwell and Randy...