Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

Tennessee state senator seeks acquittal, new trial

Oct. 12, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for a Tennessee state senator are seeking an acquittal or new trial after the Democrat was convicted of four counts of wire fraud last month. The motion, filed Oct. 8 on behalf of Sen. Katrina Robinson, argue that “the government...

Judge: Civil lawyers to see more of Waffle House murder case

Oct. 07, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys who filed a lawsuit against a Waffle House in Tennessee after a deadly shooting in 2018 will be able to access some of the files that have been sealed in the criminal case against the gunman, a judge ruled Thursday. Davidson County...

Legislative leaders want COVID addressed at special session

Oct. 01, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The top two leaders of Tennessee's General Assembly announced Friday that they are working to address legislation regarding COVID-19 topics during the upcoming legislative session that will be held later this month. However, despite the...

Tennessee state senator found guilty of 4 wire fraud counts

Sep. 30, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A jury on Thursday convicted a Tennessee state senator charged with using federal grant money awarded to a health care school she operated on her wedding, a political campaign event and other personal expenses. A 12-person federal jury decided...

State senator acquitted on 15 charges in federal theft case

Sep. 27, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator charged with stealing $600,000 in federal grant money from a health care school she operated has been acquitted on 15 of 20 charges, according to court records. U.S. District Court Judge Sheryl Lipman filed the order...

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...

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.”...