Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee prosecutors at odds over abortion law enforcement

Sep. 25, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee prosecutors are at odds over whether to enforce a new law that requires abortion providers to tell their patients it may be possible to reverse the action of abortion medication half-way through the procedure. Doctors who do not comply could face felony charges, fines and...

Tennessee accepting applications for appeals court opening

Sep. 25, 2020 5:15 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is now accepting applications for an opening on the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals. A state Supreme Court news release says the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments will consider the applications for the opening created by retiring Court of...

Philadelphia Eagles' DeSean Jackson, right, catches a pass against Los Angeles Rams' Troy Hill during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Tennessee panel OKs 3 sportsbook firms before Nov start goal

Sep. 24, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee panel on Wednesday conditionally approved licenses for the first three sportsbook operators under Tennessee’s online-only sports betting program, which is expected to begin allowing wagers on Nov. 1. FanDuel, BetMGM and DraftKings drew the approval Wednesday from...

Tennessee forms commission to halt invasive Asian carp

Sep. 24, 2020 5:27 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed an executive order establishing a commission that will provide advice on mitigating the invasion of Asian carp into the state’s lakes and river systems, according to a news release. Asian carp were first imported to the U.S. in the 1960s and...

Tennessee projects big math, reading drops due to COVID-19

Sep. 23, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials on Wednesday predicted a big hit to student learning due to interruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Education projected a 50% decrease in reading proficiency rates and a 65% drop in math among third graders. The estimates...

Tennessee gov announces $55M in farm, forestry COVID-19 aid

Sep. 23, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced that farm and forestry businesses are getting $55 million in aid funded by the federal coronavirus relief package. The Republican’s office says the Coronavirus Agricultural and Forestry Business Fund aims to help ensure the stability of...

FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, listens to the testimony during a House subcommittee hearing in Nashville, Tenn.  Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to Lynn's re-election campaign after she used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory. That's according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and online posts by Republican state Rep. Susan Lynn.(AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

Walmart, Amazon among donors to QAnon-promoting lawmaker

Sep. 19, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to the reelection campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker who had used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and the candidate’s posts. The corporate...

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson, speaks to members of the Senate and House Elections Committees during a joint hearing at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi justices: No broad absentee voting amid COVID-19

Sep. 18, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi law does not allow absentee voting by all people who have health conditions that might make them vulnerable to COVID-19, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. A majority of justices reversed a Sept. 2 decision by Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens, saying she too...

FILE - In this July 1, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee answers questions during a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. Lee on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, would not say whether he would be vaccinated against COVID-19 when a vaccine becomes available. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Lee chides Nashville's virus relief spending, restrictions

Sep. 17, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday criticized Nashville's use of coronavirus relief funds as the city seeks additional financial help in its response to the pandemic. Lee chided Nashville Mayor John Cooper for not prioritizing small businesses and urged the city to focus remaining...

Tennessee defends abortion reversal law in legal challenge

Sep. 16, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee law requiring doctors to inform women that drug-induced abortions may be reversed is critical for women who may change their minds halfway through the procedure, the state's top legal chief said. Last month, abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit arguing the newly...