Latest Tennessee state government News

3 wounded in shooting outside Waffle House in Tennessee

Jan. 23, 2022 11:52 AM EST

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three people were wounded in a shooting outside a Waffle House early Sunday in the Tennessee city of Clarksville, authorities said. Police went to a Waffle House at about 3 a.m. after receiving calls about the shooting, Clarksville spokesman Scott Beaubien...

Nicholson sparks Tennessee State past Austin Peay 65-61

Jan. 22, 2022 19:45 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kassim Nicholson finished with 16 points and eight rebounds to help Tennessee State hold off Austin Peay 65-61 on Saturday. Nicholson knocked down 7 of 9 shots for the Tigers (8-11, 3-4 Ohio Valley Conference). Kenny Cooper added 12 points, while Shakem...

Lawsuit: Tennessee adoption agency turned away Jewish couple

Jan. 20, 2022 19:07 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Knoxville couple is suing the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, saying a state-sponsored Christian adoption agency refused to help them because they are Jewish. Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram say the Holston United Methodist Home for Children...

Tennessee ethics panel advances ouster of convicted senator

Jan. 20, 2022 15:36 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee Senate's ethics committee on Thursday recommended removing a Democratic senator from office because of her recent wire fraud conviction, pressing ahead over her objections that she had short notice of the hearing and is still awaiting...

House map carving Nashville clears state Senate

Jan. 20, 2022 13:48 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A plan to split fast-growing Nashville into multiple congressional seats cleared a key hurdle Thursday after state Senate Republicans signed off on the proposal despite objections from Democrats who warn the new map unfairly affects Black voters. The move...

Tennessee governor to give State of the State speech Jan. 31

Jan. 20, 2022 04:05 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee plans to give his annual State of the State speech on Jan. 31. The Republican will deliver the address to state lawmakers for his fourth time since taking office in 2019. Lee is seeking reelection to a second term this year. ...

Push to stop House map carving Nashville has legal obstacles

Jan. 19, 2022 14:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrats and voting rights organizations have blasted Tennessee Republicans for what they say is a brazen effort to dilute the state's Black vote by carving up booming Nashville into three likely GOP-controlled congressional districts. But their legal path for getting the...

REI Co-op to add 280-job Tennessee distribution center

Jan. 18, 2022 04:08 AM EST

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say the specialty outdoor retailer REI Co-op will set up a new distribution center in the state, creating more than 280 new jobs. The state Department of Economic and Community Development says construction is underway in Lebanon for the...

12 Tennessee counties hit by tornadoes to get federal aid

Jan. 15, 2022 14:52 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Residents in 12 Tennessee counties qualify to receive aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's individual assistance program due to tornadoes that hit on Dec. 10, officials said. President Joe Biden issued a major disaster declaration for the...

US House map splitting Nashville advances in state Senate

Jan. 13, 2022 14:10 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposed U.S. House map that carves up fast-growing, Democratic-leaning Nashville into three different congressional districts advanced another step Thursday over strenuous objections from Democrats that it unfairly dilutes Black representation in Tennessee. ...