Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee polls public on license plate redesign options

Sep. 22, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are asking the public to pick their favorite of four redesign options for new license plates that will be available starting in January. Gov. Bill Lee’s office says voting began Monday and runs through Sept. 27 at...

Memphis high school student dies after contracting COVID-19

Sep. 21, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — School officials in Memphis say a student died earlier this month after contracting COVID-19 as Tennessee continues to rank among the highest case rates in the nation. A spokesperson for Frayser Community Schools charter network tells The...

Tennessee distributes $4M in historic development grants

Sep. 20, 2021 05:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has granted more than $4 million in grants to help fund historic renovation and preservation projects across the state. According to a news release, the...

Tennessee Senate leader forms redistricting committee

Sep. 18, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Senate’s leader has picked five Republicans and two Democrats to sit on a committee diving into the once-a-decade task of drawing new congressional and state legislative districts. Republican Lt. Gov. Randy McNally’s...

Judge: Gov. Lee's mask opt-out can endanger disabled kids

Sep. 17, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has indefinitely blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee from allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements in Shelby County, saying Friday that evidence shows Lee's order prevents children with health problems from safely going to school during the...

Tennessee picks 5 school districts for reading grant program

Sep. 17, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials have selected five school districts to receive $300,000 grants under an early literacy program. The state Department of Education says the Reading 360 Model Districts include Bristol, Tennessee, City Schools;...

Official: Cases in largest Tennessee county slowing down

Sep. 16, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The top health official in the only Tennessee county with an indoor mask requirement said Thursday she was cautiously optimistic that a recent coronavirus surge was slowing down, citing a drop in the number of cases and hospitalized children. Dr....

Republican Vital wins special election for state house seat

Sep. 15, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A state House seat in southeastern Tennessee will remain in Republican hands. Greg Vital, 65, a businessman from Georgetown, won the special election Tuesday for House District 29 race in northern and eastern parts of Hamilton County, according...

Lawyer: Tennessee state senator did not steal federal funds

Sep. 14, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator charged with stealing $600,000 in federal grant money from a health care school she operated did not use government funds to pay for personal expenses, her lawyer told a jury Tuesday. Rather, Katrina Robinson used profits...

State House candidate facing rape allegation denies claims

Sep. 14, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A candidate for a Tennessee House seat is facing rape allegations on the heels of the special election in his race, prompting his resignation from a local Democratic Party position and a denial in which he called the relationship “consensual yet inappropriate.”...