Latest Tennessee state government News

Facebook to build $800M Tennessee data center with 100 jobs

Aug. 12, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Facebook plans to build an $800 million data center in Tennessee that is expected to employ about 100 people, state economic development officials announced Wednesday. The state Department of Economic and Community Development said construction has just begun on Facebook’s...

A sign encouraging the wearing of masks stands in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The wearing of face coverings is required in most public indoor and outdoor situations in Nashville due to an increase of COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Data: Masks appear to be slowing Tennessee hospitalizations

Aug. 11, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Vanderbilt University analysis of daily COVID-19 hospitalization data in Tennessee shows a stark difference between counties with mask mandates and counties that do not require face coverings. The Vanderbilt Department of Health Policy analyzed statewide hospital admissions and...

House members prepare to leave the chamber on the first day of a special session Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The special session was called by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to pass liability reforms to protect businesses from lawsuits prompted by reopening after the coronavirus quarantine. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee lawmakers continue special session

Aug. 11, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation designed to provide sweeping liability protections against coronavirus lawsuits to schools, health care providers and businesses advanced in Tennessee on Tuesday. The Republican-dominant Statehouse is currently convening for a special legislative session to address not...

House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R- Crossville, gavels in a special session Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The special session was called by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to pass liability reforms to protect businesses from lawsuits prompted by reopening after the coronavirus quarantine. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee lawmakers kick off special session amid pandemic

Aug. 10, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers launched a special session Monday to work on legislation that would provide health care providers, schools and businesses broad protections against coronavirus lawsuits. However, the GOP-dominant Statehouse is already raising eyebrows by also crafting legislation...

Marquita Bradshaw speaks with the media after winning the Democratic Senate primary, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. Bradshaw scored an upset win and will face former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty in the November election. (Ariel Cobbert/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

Bradshaw to visit every Tennessee county in Senate run

Aug. 8, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw said Saturday that her campaign fundraising is in full swing and she plans to visit all 95 Tennessee counties as she tries to flip the seat from Republican to Democrat. Bradshaw won Thursday’s Democratic primary election in the contest to...

2 men charged in shooting death of Tennessee 6-year-old

Aug. 7, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two men were arrested in Tennessee on murder charges in the death of a 6-year-old boy who was inside his house getting ready to go to a birthday party, a prosecutor said Friday. Ronnekio Johnson and James Murphy were arrested Thursday by Memphis police after being indicted in the...

This photo provided by attorney Kelley Henry shows Pervis Payne. A district attorney in Tennessee said Thursday, July 30, 2020 that she is fighting a request by the inmate facing execution in December to have a judge order DNA testing of evidence in his case. Shelby County district attorney Amy Weirich said a bag of evidence reviewed by Payne's lawyers in an evidence property room last year came from a different case that has nothing to do with the 1987 stabbings of a woman and her daughter for which Payne was convicted and sentenced to death. (Kelley Henry via AP)

Condemned Tennessee inmate pushes for DNA tests in his case

Aug. 7, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate scheduled to be executed in December continued to push Friday for DNA testing of the evidence in his case, arguing that would exonerate him. Pervis Payne, 53, has always maintained his innocence in the 1987 stabbing deaths of Charisse Christopher and her...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty speaks to supporters on Friday, July 17, 2020, after casting an early voting ballot at the Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee's Aug. 6 primary races

Aug. 7, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The heated race to become the Republican nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat topped Tennessee's primary election Thursday, as well as contested challenges in a handful of U.S. House and legislative seats. Here is a summary of those offices on the ballot: U.S. Senate Republicans...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty speaks at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Hagerty vs. Bradshaw in race to succeed US Sen. Alexander

Aug. 7, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The race to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in November will feature a matchup between a Republican candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump and a Black activist who pulled off an astonishing upset victory over the Democratic establishment's choice — with a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, 28, 2020, file photo, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., questions Attorney General William Barr during a House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cohen will defend his U.S. House seat against a Republican challenger in November after soundly defeating a Democratic primary challenger in Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File)

Harshbarger wins GOP primary in open Tennessee US House race

Aug. 6, 2020 11:33 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — First-time political candidate Diana Harshbarger emerged victorious Thursday among a crowded field of Republican contenders vying to secure a rare opening for a U.S. House seat in northeastern Tennessee. Harshbarger, a pharmacist from Kingsport, secured her party’s nomination...