Latest Tennessee state government News

Third judge blocks Gov. Lee's mask opt out in schools

Sep. 25, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A third federal judge has blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's order allowing families to opt out of school mask mandates. The decision, handed down by U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw late Friday, is the latest development in the ongoing legal...

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia Clark dies

Sep. 24, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia Clark has died at the age of 71, the court announced Friday. She had been diagnosed with cancer. According to a news release, Clark died overnight after 16 years in her role, serving the longest tenure of...

Second Tennessee judge blocks Gov. Lee's mask opt-out

Sep. 24, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday handed down a second blow to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's contentious order allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements, ruling that Knox County Schools must implement a mask mandate to help protect children with health problems...

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....