Latest Tennessee state government News

Officials break ground on $47M Tennessee vets home

Aug. 22, 2019 5:00 AM EDT

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials have broken ground on a $47 million state veterans nursing home. Gov. Bill Lee was among the ceremony's attendees Wednesday in Cleveland, Tennessee. The single-story, 108-bed intermediate and skilled care nursing facility will span 110,000 square feet. It will...

Mom of Waffle House shooting victim sues medical center

Aug. 22, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The mother of a man killed in a shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House is now suing the medical center that treated him. The Tennessean reports the lawsuit filed Tuesday by Shaundelle Brooks says two Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctors placed a breathing tube in her son's...

Tennessee AG asked to weigh in on possible lawmaker ousting

Aug. 21, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee legislative leader is asking the attorney general for guidance on whether the House of Representatives can expel a member for conduct that occurred decades ago. Rep. Cameron Sexton, who has been appointed by his Republican caucus to become the next House speaker,...

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...

Free hepatitis A vaccinations offered to high-risk residents

Aug. 21, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Local health departments in Tennessee are offering free hepatitis A vaccine for people in high-risk groups. The state Health Department says more than 2,000 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed in Tennessee, including 13 deaths. The department said it is investigating and...

Tennessee city votes against ban of electric scooters

Aug. 21, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lawmakers of a Tennessee city have voted against a full and complete ban of electric scooters. The Tennessean reports the Nashville Metro Council voted against the ban Tuesday. Councilman Steve Glover has said the e-scooters weren't rolled out properly and are straining public...

Surface Dynamics launches $10M expansion in Tennessee

Aug. 20, 2019 4:37 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced a nearly $10 million investment by Surface Dynamics LLC to expand its operations in western Tennessee. Lee made the announcement about the Bartlett-based company on Monday along with Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner...

Family, friends bid goodbye to slain corrections employee

Aug. 16, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of family and friends gathered Friday in a Tennessee church to bid goodbye to a beloved correctional administrator killed last week, allegedly by an escaped inmate who sparked a four-day manhunt. The 64-year-old Debra Johnson was remembered for being a devout Christian,...

Tennessee inmate executed in electric chair for killings

Aug. 15, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee executed its third inmate in the electric chair since November, killing a man Thursday who maintained that he didn't stab a mother and her 15-year-old daughter to death in 1986. State officials pronounced 56-year-old Stephen West dead at 7:27 p.m. at Riverbend Maximum...

The Latest: Tennessee inmate executed in electric chair

Aug. 15, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Tennessee inmate (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Tennessee has executed its third inmate in the electric chair since November, killing a man who maintained that he didn't fatally stab a mother and her 15-year-old daughter in 1986. State...