Latest Tennessee state government News

Officials: Tennessee can't drop COVID rule despite GOP push

Oct. 20, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee labor officials say they are unable to reject a federal rule designed to protect health care workers from COVID-19 despite receiving stern instructions earlier this week from Republican lawmakers to do so. In a letter sent to lawmakers...

Tennessee lawmakers OK $900M Ford incentive package

Oct. 20, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday committed to spending nearly $900 million on state incentives, infrastructure upgrades and more as part of a sweeping plan with Ford Motor Co. to build an electric vehicle and battery plant near Memphis. It took...

Tennessee lawmakers to hold special session focused on COVID

Oct. 19, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's top legislative leaders on Tuesday announced they have enough support to call a special legislative session to address COVID-19 measures after Republican Gov. Bill Lee declined to do so. Senate Speaker Randy McNally and House Speaker...

5 applicants being considered for Tennessee judicial opening

Oct. 19, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Five applicants will be considered for an opening in the Court of Criminal Appeals Western Section, the Tennessee Supreme Court said. The opening was created by the retirement of Judge Alan E. Glenn. The applicants are Donald...

Tennessee AG: Proposed ballot push would make job political

Oct. 18, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery on Monday blasted a proposed ballot initiative to require that the attorney general be confirmed by state lawmakers after the current process of selection by the state Supreme Court, saying it "would be a shame" to make the...

Tennessee considering $900M Ford incentive package

Oct. 18, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is poised to spend approximately $900 million of its tax revenues on incentives, infrastructure projects and more under an agreement with Ford Motor Co., which has announced plans to build an electric vehicle and battery plant near Memphis. ...

Tennessee continues to post positive revenues

Oct. 15, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has posted another month of positive revenue numbers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Finance and Administration says September tax revenues were $1.9 billion, or $321.5 million more than September 2020 and...

Solar firm buys carbon offset outfit, both tied to ex-gov

Oct. 14, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee solar energy firm has bought an organization that helps companies offset their carbon emissions by funding new solar farms, both of which a former governor helped establish. A news release Thursday says Silicon Ranch Corp. has...

Judge: Knox County may issue school mask mandate exemptions

Oct. 12, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday slightly tweaked his order requiring Knox County schools implement a school mask mandate, saying officials would be allowed to approve exemptions on a case by case basis. In his 14-page ruling, however, U.S. District...

Jackson site chosen for possible industrial development

Oct. 12, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

JACKSON, Tenn, (AP) — A large parcel of land in Jackson, Tennessee, has been selected by state economic development officials for possible industrial development. The 316-acre site, which is served by a railroad line, is located near Highway 223 in Jackson. It has been...