Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee governor announces new Savage Gulf State Park

Sep. 23, 2022 04:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced the creation of a new state park on Thursday. The Savage Gulf State Park in Grundy and Sequatchie counties will be carved from the 19,000-acre Savage Gulf State Natural Area. That is currently part of South Cumberland State...

Social media posts spark calls to investigate Tenn.'s VUMC

Sep. 21, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has called for an investigation into a pediatric transgender health clinic after videos surfaced on social media of a doctor touting that gender-affirming procedures are “huge money makers” for hospitals and a staffer saying anyone with a...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Sep. 15, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

Johnson City Press. September 10, 2022. Editorial: Seek treatment for suicidal thoughts September is recognized nationally as Suicide Prevention Month, and, though the serious public health issue can’t be confined to any specific calendar dates, mental health...

Tennessee appeal hearings start on rejected charter schools

Sep. 14, 2022 22:46 PM EDT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee panel has kicked off hearings over whether to let charter schools linked to Hillsdale College open despite rejections from local school boards, a process unfolding in the wake of controversial comments about teachers by Hillsdale's president. ...

Tennessee Park of the Year is Nashville's Radnor Lake

Sep. 14, 2022 04:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville's Radnor Lake State Park has been named Park of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. In the past year the park hosted a Junior Ranger Intern Program with 51 youth participants, according to a news release Tuesday....

Tennessee staff fret as contentious charter school denied

Sep. 13, 2022 14:27 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When local school officials voted down a Tennessee charter school linked to Hillsdale College this summer, staffers at the state commission that would soon have to decide whether to let the controversial school open anyway reacted with shock at how things unfolded. ...

Sustainable transportation forum set for November at UT

Sep. 12, 2022 04:04 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee is hosting a sustainable transportation forum and an electric vehicle summit in November, and registration is now open, officials said. The Drive Electric Tennessee initiative will host the first DriveElectricTN Momentum Summit,...

Tennessee receives $5M to prevent maternal deaths

Sep. 07, 2022 04:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health says it has received a $5 million federal grant to help improve the state's maternal health outcomes. Commissioner Morgan McDonald said in a statement Tuesday that the majority of Tennessee's maternal deaths are...

Skrmetti takes over Tennessee attorney general office

Sep. 01, 2022 18:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The top legal counsel for Republican Gov. Bill Lee has taken over the state's attorney general office. Earlier this year, the Tennessee Supreme Court announced that Jonathan Skrmetti would replace Attorney General Herbert Slatery, a Republican who announced...

Tennessee gov: Efforts underway through school safety order

Aug. 31, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday that an executive order on school safety from June has so far produced a new mobile app, school behavioral health professionals in each county and updated law enforcement training and security assessments. Lee says more...