Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee governor grants clemency to 17

Dec. 02, 2021 18:28 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday granted clemency for the first time since taking office to 17 people, among them a man who was freed in 2019 after spending 12 years in prison for a killing he has long argued he didn't commit. Lee exonerated...

Tennessee, school districts seek delay in funding lawsuit

Dec. 01, 2021 13:14 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 6-year-old lawsuit challenging how Tennessee funds public schools might be paused until after the upcoming legislative session. Memphis and Nashville’s school districts and the state agreed to put the proceedings on hold in a joint motion...

Tennessee governor names interim correction commissioner

Nov. 29, 2021 17:02 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has selected an interim leader of the state Department of Correction after the commissioner said he would retire from his post. The Republican governor announced Monday that Lisa Helton will take over as interim...

Christmas events planned for Tennessee Residence, Capitol

Nov. 24, 2021 04:11 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The annual Christmas celebration at the Tennessee Capitol will take place next Monday and tours of the governor's mansion begin Dec. 10, according to an announcement from Gov. Bill Lee and first lady Maria Lee. Christmas at the Capitol is a free...

Tennessee corrections leader to join criminal justice group

Nov. 24, 2021 04:07 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker plans to join a nonprofit based on criminal justice reform next year after he leaves his state post. According to a 4th Purpose Foundation news release, Parker will join the...

Tennessee judge vacates 2 death sentences for inmate

Nov. 23, 2021 15:31 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Moments before a Tennessee judge freed him from death row, Pervis Payne walked into a courtroom, hugged his lawyer and wept. Payne, who was sentenced to death in the 1987 killings of a mother and daughter, held attorney Kelley Henry tightly and...

Gov. Lee to chair Tennessee 'right to work' amendment push

Nov. 23, 2021 11:09 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee will serve as the chairman of a campaign to put Tennessee’s law prohibiting a company and a union from requiring workers to pay union dues or fees into the state Constitution. The Republican announced Monday that he will take the...

Tennessee panel considering 11 Supreme Court applicants

Nov. 23, 2021 04:07 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Governor's Council for Judicial Appointments will meet next month to select nominees for the Tennessee Supreme Court. The opening was created by the death of Justice Cornelia A. Clark. There are 11 applicants for the...

Tennessee gov backs signing bill aide said violates US law

Nov. 22, 2021 18:22 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor on Monday stood by his decision to sign sprawling limits on COVID-19 restrictions into law, even though his own office warned the bill would violate federal disability law and put the state at risk of losing federal funds. ...

Mississippi loses Supreme Court water fight with Tennessee

Nov. 22, 2021 16:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday rejected a claim that the Memphis, Tennessee, area has been taking water that belongs to Mississippi from an underground aquifer that sits beneath parts of both states. The high court's first decision of the term...