Latest Tennessee state government News

Trump announces US ambassador to run for Tennessee Senate

Jul. 12, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday announced in a tweet that U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty would launch a bid for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat, giving the top Republican contender an unconventional entry into the state's most competitive 2020 contest. "Tennessee loving...

Tennessee governor criticized for Confederate proclamation

Jul. 12, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is facing backlash for signing a proclamation ordering a day to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Lee told reporters this week that a 1969 state law required him to sign the proclamation but...

Lee mum on details of conversation with accused lawmaker

Jul. 11, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is remaining mum on details surrounding a recent conversation he had with a Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct. Lee said on Thursday his conversation with Republican Rep. David Byrd was private and declined to confirm whether he had asked Byrd not to seek...

Former Tennessee Gov. Haslam won't run for US Senate seat

Jul. 11, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam won't run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander, a move sure to draw new interest in the race from other would-be candidates. When Alexander announced in December that he wouldn't seek a fourth term in 2020,...

The Latest: US Rep. Mark Green won't pursue Senate seat

Jul. 11, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Tennessee's open Senate seat (all times local): 10:50 a.m. Tennessee's U.S. Rep. Mark Green is the latest Republican contender to say he won't run for the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2020. Green made the announcement Thursday, shortly after former Tennessee Gov....

Accused lawmaker denies Lee asked him not to seek reelection

Jul. 10, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct denied on Wednesday that he's been asked by Republican Gov. Bill Lee not to run for reelection next year, but later attempted to retract the statement by describing the conversation as "private." Republican Rep. David Byrd initially...

Fines, jail, probation, debt: Court policies punish the poor

Jul. 10, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

LIBERTY, Tenn. (AP) — Johnny Gibbs has been trying to get a valid driver's license for 20 years, but he just can't afford it. To punish him for high school truancy in 1999, Tennessee officials told him he would not be able to legally drive until he turned 21. He drove anyway, incurring two tickets and...

Tennessee officials to launch opioid awareness campaign

Jul. 10, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials are launching a new public education and awareness campaign focusing on the impact of the opioid crisis. The state Department of Health says the campaign will kick off July 16 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. The initiative will feature stories...

Tennessee's mental health safety net program to expand

Jul. 2, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Public health officials say more Tennesseans are now eligible for free mental health services under the state's behavior health safety net program. Under legislation that went into effect Monday, the mental health program for the state's uninsured was given an additional $5 million....

Tennessee halting construction lane closures for holiday

Jul. 2, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are halting construction-related lane closures on interstates and state roads for the Fourth of July holiday extended weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation says the closures will be paused from noon on Wednesday through 6 a.m. on Monday. Some...