Latest Bill Haslam News

Tennessee abortion waiting period lawsuit headed for trial

Aug. 21, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Opponents to a Tennessee law requiring women to wait 48 hours before getting an abortion argue that such restrictions help perpetuate negative stereotypes about gender. The argument is part of a lengthy lawsuit challenging the legality of the waiting period rule, which Tennessee's...

Freed inmate Cyntoia Brown marries recording artist J. Long

Aug. 12, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown, an inmate recently released on clemency after being given a life sentence at the age of 16, has married recording artist J. Long, formerly associated with the R&B group Pretty Ricky. Wes Yoder, a representative for Brown-Long, the name she now goes by, confirmed...

Tennessee farmers are 'eternal optimists' despite trade war

Aug. 11, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

ADAMSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Jai Templeton is asked why he farms, he simply gestures to a 250-acre field of soybeans located here in McNairy County. But as he stands among the soybeans sprouting from the dry, cracked ground, he said the last few years have been especially rough. "There's moisture...

Cyntoia Brown released from prison after celebrity support

Aug. 7, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown, championed by celebrities as a symbol of unfair sentencing, was released early Wednesday from the Tennessee Prison for Women, where she had been serving a life sentence for killing a man who had picked her up for sex at 16. Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and...

Cyntoia Brown scheduled to leave prison after clemency

Aug. 6, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman who said she was a 16-year-old sex-trafficking victim when she killed a man in 2004 is scheduled to be released from prison this week after being granted clemency . Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and other celebrities had lobbied for Cyntoia Brown's release, and then-Tennessee...

Cyntoia Brown, soon to be freed from prison, has book deal

Aug. 6, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cyntoia Brown, whose imprisonment for murder when she was 16 inspired a public campaign for her freedom, has a book out this fall. Brown's "Free Cyntoia" will be published Oct. 15, Atria Books announced Tuesday. Granted clemency by then-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, she was scheduled to be...

McGee appointed to Tennessee Court of Appeals

Jul. 25, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Court of Appeals has a new member. Carma Dennis McGee has been sworn in as a judge for the Court of Appeals. A news release from the Supreme Court of Tennessee says McGee was appointed to the appeals court by Gov. Bill Lee. She fills the seat of former Judge Brandon...

US appeals court rules against Tennessee refugee challenge

Jul. 24, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court ruled against Tennessee lawmakers Wednesday in their lawsuit that claimed the federal refugee resettlement program improperly forces the state to spend money on additional services for the newcomers, including health care and education. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court...

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...

Nokian Tyres makes 1st test tire at Tennessee facility

Jul. 12, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

DAYTON, Tenn. (AP) — Nokian Tyres has produced its first test tire at its factory in Tennessee, as the company approaches the facility's planned start date in early 2020 of producing tires for commercial sales. The company says the Dayton, Tennessee factory will bolster Nokian Tyres' strategy to double...