Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee reveals priorities for first coronavirus vaccines

Oct. 23, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Department of Health has revealed its plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines once they become available. According to a news release, the agency submitted its draft proposal to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. The plan was made public on...

Tennessee warns of credit card skimmers at gas pumps

Oct. 22, 2020 4:30 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is warning drivers to look out for credit card skimmers at gas pumps. Inspectors have found five of the devices at fuel pumps around the state in the past six weeks, according to the department. The skimmers can read and store data from the...

People walk outside the Curb Event Center at Belmont University as preparations take place for the second Presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to debate Thursday, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In Tennessee, final debate puts surging virus in spotlight

Oct. 21, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden arrive in Nashville Thursday for their final debate before the Nov. 3 election, they’ll be greeted by a city with rising coronavirus case counts inside a state immersed in a debate of its own about mask-wearing....

Tennessee governor to extend local mask executive order

Oct. 19, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee intends to extend an executive order that allows the majority of Tennessee's counties the option to require face coverings in public as the state has seen coronavirus case counts grow. Gillum Ferguson, Lee's spokesman, confirmed Monday the executive order will be...

Organic baby food maker plans Tennessee center with 147 jobs

Oct. 19, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An organic baby food manufacturer plans to invest $45 million in a new facility in Tennessee that is expected to create 147 jobs. The state Department of Economic and Community Development says Babynov USA will set up its first facility in North America in Red Boiling Springs. The...

FILE - In this July 1, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee removes his mask as he begins a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee was one of the first states to begin reopening in late April after Lee reluctantly issued a safer-at-home order that forced businesses to close. Since then, case numbers have continued to rise in part due to more testing, but also because of an increase in community spread of the disease. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

White House: Tennessee mask mandate 'must be implemented'

Oct. 16, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The White House quietly told Tennessee early this week that “a statewide mask mandate must be implemented" to curb its growing spread of COVID-19, strong instructions that the White House and governor did not discuss publicly before the report emerged in a records request....

Holston View Elementary School Program Assistant Trey Arrington takes the temperatures of students as they arrive for the first day of school in Bristol, Tennessee, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)

Tennessee governor: Hold teachers, schools harmless on tests

Oct. 16, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is calling for the temporary suspension of negative consequences for Tennessee schools and teachers related to student tests for the current school year due to adjustments and disruptions to learning caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The Republican governor said...

High court won't hear Tennessee challenge of refugee program

Oct. 16, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a failed challenge of the federal refugee resettlement program by Tennessee's Republican-led Legislature. The court filed its denial earlier this week, letting a lower court ruling stand. The Legislature asked the court to consider its...

Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, asks a question during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The special session was called by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to pass liability reforms to protect businesses from lawsuits prompted by reopening after the coronavirus quarantine. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee lawmaker under fire after interview comments

Oct. 16, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker from Chattanooga is under fire for comments made during a local TV interview in which he blamed “inner city” obesity partly on people eating fried chicken and criticized the local police department's hiring practices. “The obesity rate...

Tennessee daycare owner sentenced in twins' drowning deaths

Oct. 15, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The owner of a Tennessee in-home daycare was sentenced to four years of state-supervised probation in the drownings of twin 2-year-olds under her care. Jennifer Salley pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminally negligent homicide under a plea agreement in Knox County Court, according to...